“Wonderful Old Woman”

“Wonderful Old Woman”
“Wonderful Old Woman”
9″ x 12″
Colored Pencil on Paper
(c) 1993, by Matt Philleo
 
Original: Sold |  Artist-signed 8 x 10 prints available at $20.00 each plus $5.00 shipping
This is a drawing I did back in 1993, when 15, so it is very special to me. I discovered that black colored pencil could achieve a really rich black, almost like ink. In addition, although nearly impossible to erase, it doesn’t smudge like normal graphite pencils. When I showed it to my art teacher, she loved it, and later on referred to it as the drawing of “that wonderful old woman” The name stuck.
 
My source photo was of an elderly woman from the depression era. I chose not draw a background behind her, leaving the white of the paper to draw even more attention to her face.
 
You can imagine the stories she’d tell if you waited a while to listen. Her careworn face, etched with deep wrinkles, is almost like a roadmap that guides you in learning more about the difficult journeys of her life. And yet, behind that melancholy stare there is a glimmer of hope, a firm resolve to not give up and to make it through.
Artist-signed 8 x 10 prints available at $20.00 each plus $5.00 shipping
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