Monday, September 14, 2015

Real-Life Drawing // Mother-Dearest // A3

Charcoal on 220gsm Dessin // A3

Recently I spent some time in Adelaide, visiting family and friends (before I leave Australia to attend a mission-school in Rome). The time I spent with family was simple and special. The sensory experience of steam rising from meat and three-veg love-cooked dinners, heirloom table-clothes, special-occasion cutlery and metronome  meal-time conversations played out like the liturgy of a traditional Catholic mass. In some ways returning to this little domestic ritual encompasses well the visit home, returning to that microcosm whence-we-came, that source of self-identity that no matter how far you travel or how many new Facebook friends you have, will (for many) always constitute the fundamental-fabric of one's existence. It is a real loss that many in the modern family of internet and individuality miss out on this primary experience, rather opting for facing-away (toward a screen) than facing-toward each other (around a table). After all, when we face each other, particularly those we do not chose, that is, our family, we are ultimately facing our-selves.

One person whom I did not choose but (in a way) chose me was my mother. What a privilege to draw my dear-mother in her favorite-chair at her favorite-table. I've spent many-a-night contemplating the thing-in-itself of mum's sitting at that very place, deep in thought. The table is her domestic altar, the table of communion with family, with herself. After every meal, she sits and contemplates, eyes closed, as if in quiet adoration at what has just taken place. I love that precious woman, the once-cradle of my being, and I thank God for this opportunity to draw her. 


Monday, August 17, 2015

Real-Life Drawings // A3

 The Broken Hand
The Jazz Night

The Lunchtime Gathering
A3 // Charcoal on Dessin 220 gsm Drawing Paper

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Real-Life Drawings // 2014 - 2015

The Self // A4
The Seminarian // A3
The Manse // A3
The Breakfast Table // A3

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Real-people // Real-Life Drawings // A4

The Gangster's Son
The Thinker
The Theologian
The Landlord
The Graduate
The Problem
The Artist
The Conversation
The Parents
The Curtain

Charcoal // Dessin 220gm A4 Drawing Paper