It's the last day of 2011 and I wanted to concentrate on something relatively accessible and therefore quick to study - what better than my own hands and those of others around the house? I found photographs of old hands the most fascinating; I couldn't help but imagine how each crease, wrinkle and scar was formed.
Hands tell a multitude of tales....the once elegant, long - fingered hands of my mother are now worn, wrinkled and riddled with Arthritis. I did not find this tragic, it is natural. Merely our bodies way of telling its tale - this is one of altruism and devotion, I think worn hands are testimony to hard work.
I am full of admiration for my mother, always have been and always will be - one can only aspire to be a person of such selflessness during my lifetime, and if I were to reach this I should feel immensely proud and fulfilled.
Around eleven photos were taken, and I liked this one especially; I'm not sure whether it is the dramatic shadow cast caused by a harsh flash setting on my camera or the pose they are in - I am torn between which element I admire most.
I must confess I have always found hands most elegant, whether they are male or female, young or old. It's the positions we subconsciously place them in - it was interesting that my mother automatically put her hands in this particular position as soon as I requested to photograph them. To me, the intertwining of the fingers is most elegant and beautiful - and was really challenging yet fascinating to draw, however I found the final outcome of the drawing was rather poor!
I think I need much more experience in drawing the human form, I have focused too much on botanical and organic pieces. Nonetheless, my mother's hands were an excellent starting point for me :). This is my favourite tonal piece from my study, which is drawn from life (the greatest of thanks to my mum for keeping this pose for so long....patience was very much a virtue here!).
A tribute to her beautifully prolific hands - a large, A3 pencil drawing I completed on cartridge paper using a set of graphic pencils, ranging from 5B to Fine.