Here is the beginning of the fifth and the penultimate study in this series of hands portraits, A Handful of Love. As with it’s predecessors, this artwork is in pastel on Pastelmat.
The tremendous bond that grandparents and grandchildren can have is well known, there is something special in that reaching across the generations. A Handful of Love captures this for me; the love that can exist between two people in very different stages of their lives, and the joy and comfort that each gives to the other.
It also reminds me of similarity before difference. It is all too easy to be focussed on what differentiates up from those around us, but if we choose to look we will find far more that unites than ever separates.
What you see here is the artwork after hours (I don’t know how many, I prefer not to count) of blocking in. This is a process where I mark out the main shapes with an emphasis on the larger forms and the most pronounced highlights and shadows. I have begun to blend the colours on the child’s arm, this skin being so smooth will be easier to capture on the page than much of the rest of the picture so I am starting there as a warm-up exercise of sorts.
Many thanks go to Réhahn Photography for his inspiring reference images.