“Pulling Back – Early Memories” is a series of 3 expressive abstract sketches that relate the drawing process and subject matter. From a technical standpoint the art stresses pulling back on the amount of medium used, to let the early version of the artwork show. A “sketch”. To me, this feels like a very vulnerable time for a drawing, mostly because I have to accept early mistakes and can’t cover them up… easily. πŸ˜‰

The drawings also relate to pulling back early memories from childhood, specifically some of the first confusing emotions I felt in life. Again, vulnerability and childhood go hand in hand, and it’s a time when a lot of mistakes happen, which are hopefully enjoyed and accepted as a necessary part of life in order to learn and grow. Or at least I try to maintain that attitude now a days. πŸ˜‰

Each drawing/painting was sketched with paint pens, watercolor, and portions of each drawing have gloss varnish and neon-tinted color applied, which do not translate to the digital reproductions. Specifically the candy, tears, and drool in the 2nd drawing, and the red balloon in the 3rd drawing are shiny and glossy.

Abstract Expressive Drawing and Painting of an Angry Face with Butterfly Wings

Abstract Expressive Drawing and Painting of Sad and Conflicted Faces and Piece of Red Candy

Expressive Abstract Painting and Drawing of a Blue Face with a Red Balloon Sketched with Watercolor and Paint Pen

Pulling Back – Early Memories | Sketches of Faces and Childhood Emotions

8 thoughts on “Pulling Back – Early Memories | Sketches of Faces and Childhood Emotions

  • September 13, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    This is really an interesting process of using both image and application of medium to define the thought. It’s also interesting that you always render the eyes quite naturalistic in the midst of all the ribbons of color. It’s a nice series.

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  • September 13, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    lol, thanks “Anonymous Person”! You sound pretty knowledgeable for just another “Anonymous Person”! In fact, if I had to guess, I’d say Vi… er, I mean your secret is safe with me! πŸ˜‰

    The eyes are like my roots, I don’t know what I’d do without them, yet.

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  • September 17, 2008 at 11:39 am

    I’ve just noticed your sidebar – and I see more traditional stylings there. I am glad to see that you’re capable in many styles – it lends even more credence to your art. Which, by the way, I love.

  • September 18, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks Lou, I appreciate that you noticed that. This recent stuff is the culmination of about 16 years at this art hobby. Playing with breaking the rules, so to speak.

  • October 14, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Its so interesting how you can do that!! I feel like i am restristing myself in how i draw and paint! You have shown me I can actually mess and it might turn out better than expected!

  • October 15, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    That’s awesome Irene, I’m glad to hear that you have been inspired! πŸ™‚
    I encourage enjoyment in your creative process. Getting messy can lead to a variety of new possibilities. Good luck with your artistic pursuits!

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