The merchant mariner.

Merchant mariner.I’ve kept this drawing back, hidden within the folds of a sketchbook from last year. It makes me feel uncomfortable. There are a lot of good things about this portrait and some problems too but I think, above all, that it’s something about his stare that unnerves me. A look of fear and of, ‘Why me?’. The look of a man who earlier that morning got some bad news from his oncologist.

Months later, I was relieved to see the Merchant Mariner back at the café. He had responded well to treatment and was set to make a full recovery. Always a high spirited fellow, I’d drawn him out of character on one of his darkest days.

Hope you are well my friend.

16 thoughts on “The merchant mariner.

    • Hello Jo, maybe you’re thinking of, ‘Old Herring Bones.’ He’s quite an embittered looking fellow. I’m loosing track of all the people I’ve drawn :-/

  1. Thanks Miss Hava, that’s an important point and one I didn’t think about, maybe that’s part of why I’m uncomfortable with this drawing. The portrait that stares back! (really like the presentation of your blog) Russell.

    • Yes, they are the windows to the soul. I was so relieved, I had not seen him in months and thought the worst. He was a frequent guest at my table and I got to know him beyond the usual weather talk of strangers. Russell.

    • True, and that something is a definite advantage a drawing has over a photograph; more scope for intuitive interpretation. You’re probably right about the old soul bit too ;-)

    • Thanks a lot Rosie, I appreciate your comments; you’re always fighting in my corner and a staunch ally. Hope you feel like you get the same support from me, Russell.

      • Yes, thank you, Russell. We’re kindred spirits, drawing in public is laying yourself bare and by drawing ordinary people in ordinary surroundings we are democratising art, opening up the elitism that invades so much of the art world. And your drawings are damn fine :)

  2. Yeah, very expressive look.
    And -what I feel- normally your drawings observe people; they seldom observe back the viewer. This one does!

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