I don’t know about you, but when I look at an artwork that depicts people I always have this eerie feeling that the person in the painting will come to life. I have this vision of the figure turning around, staring me right in the eye and starting to talk. Maybe I’m guilty of having seen too many sci-fi movies (although is there such a thing as too many?), or maybe my fantasies are just naturally this vivid. Who knows! But the same thing started to happen when I drew this woman.
When I started out with this drawing (you can read more about it here) I knew I wanted it to be in motion. I wanted the drawing to have movement, but not just in her hair as if it were blown by the wind or dragged by the sea. I had this vision of the figure blowing something that is in her hand. I was considering a dandelion at first, but the more I thought about it, the more I felt it was just not right. And then I remembered the filigree I used in the first sketches of this drawing. And once I started, the mystery just engulfed her.
Her gaze is fixed into the distance and is whispering her enigmatic thoughts into the wind. I feel I cannot stop staring at this woman. I find myself trying to catch her eye and attention. I want to talk to her and ask millions of questions. To hear her thoughts. But most importantly, to decipher that guarded whisper that is leaving her lips. But she just won’t turn around. It is such a weird feeling!
I really like this drawing. I feel it is more characteristic of who I am right now as an artist than the drawing I currently have for my header. But before I make the big switch – and if I may be a bit enigmatic with you – there are further changes that I’d like to make to this blog. And for that you will have to wait for a couple of more weeks. So please be patient for a little while, but do come back and see if you can catch her eye.