Monday, April 05, 2010

The Sketch

I confess that I am inspired by Madge Gill (1882-1961), who did hundreds of ink drawings of faces on small cards during her life time. This face and the one before, Circus Day, were both inspired by her style as I see it.
The eyes of most of her faces are much farther apart than realistic and she always had the hair or head attire covering their forehead. Those were the two things that struck me.
Madge Gill faces had no shading as she only used ink but they all had such obvious personality.

Progress on the "sweet spot".

Stay tuned and
Thanks You.


  1. Thank you Sharon for the link! I love what you are doing! I can't wait to see it finished!

  2. Sharon,this is so beautiful ...I love all the color...

  3. Good morning, What a wonderful artist, Madge Gill, I wonder if she would of loved the internet and blogging? I bet there are many sketches and books of work that are not even seen. Very remarkable work. When one views her work you can feel the ispiration tugging at your mind.

    I also was impressed by your working of color in the patchwork fashion, very pleasing, very clean, sharp yet blended application.

    I thought of you several times as the radio is carrying announcements of the circus in the Twin Cities and tickets available.

    If the three day weekend went as fast for you as for me it just flew by.

    Wishing you an artful week, plus many thank yous.

  4. Beautiful work - I'm really drawn to the eyes in the second rendering where paint has been added to the face - the eyes are hooded and mysterious.

  5. what a inspirational link! I guess faces are absolutely a timeless thing!

  6. It's great watching your progress. There's so many little details.

  7. Those pieces are beautiful, I love the colors. They look so spontaneous.


  8. Simply wonderful, Sharon! The colors are so vibrant, beautiful! Can't wait to see more!
    Lots of love, Sanda xx

  9. I really like the direction you are going. Thanks for the link to Gill's work as well. Very inspiring.


  10. I did not know of Madge Gill..thank you for the link..I love her drawings simple/complex . Now, I a m fascinated by her!

  11. ps: her bio is extraordinary..Wow she had a spirit guide and everything..

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  13. I love how you continue to incorporate all of the hand made stamps in your work...The face is lovely to me in favorite color!