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Day 57 Dragonflies and hands

Getting ready for my oil painting class. The homework was twofold. One: practice drawing hands and make an underdrawing on a canvas or canvas board of a hand. I drew a few hands a little while ago. And on Monday I decided to do more hand drawings to find a hand to paint. In the end I drew one pointing. This one appealed to me the most out of the four drawings I did.

Stabilo all pencil in sketchbook. 21 x 29.7 cm

Stabilo all pencil in sketchbook. 21 x 29.7 cm.

You’ll probably remember the drawings from the post yesterday. But I’ll repeat, so you can decide for yourself which one you like.

Part Two of my homework: study the Dutch painter Co Westerik. We’re painting hands and skin. Co Westerik is especially relevant, as he has a way with painting skin and human flesh and has made a lot of paintings with hands as focal image. His paintings often have characters in them. He tries to tell the story behind the figures, paints in a style that is realism with a hint of surrealism. He turned 90 last year and has a long life of painting behind him. I didn’t realize straight away, but I find I remembered some of his paintings from long ago. One of them was a mural; a painting on the side of a building in my birthtown Rotterdam of a girl jumping rope, seen from the back (link to image). The building, a police station, was demolished later, so the painting is no more unfortunately. Another one of his paintings I remember, is ‘Snijden aan gras’ (Cutting on grass). The painting shows a finger that cuts itself on a blade of grass, the flesh visible. I always found it both beautiful and painful at the same time. I didn’t know if I could paint like that, and just let it simmer for a while.

I’ve decided to paint a dragonfly on the pointed finger of the hand I like best. So I went looking for photos to draw some more dragonflies this morning. After some practice runs I drew this one with a stabilo all pencil. It is sitting on a branch. It looks like it could sit on a finger as well.

Stabilo all pencil.

Stabilo all pencil in sketchbook.

This drawing was made just for the monthly theme, before I decided it could be part of the painting. For the painting class I drew my favorite hand and added the dragonfly too. We will be working on it for two weeks. For the moment I have only the underdrawing to show.

On Co Westerik : his website (in Dutch, English, French and German)

A short video showing him at work, from Dutch television (link toevoegen!)

An interview by journalist Ellen de Jong (in Dutch)


One comment on “Day 57 Dragonflies and hands

  1. These are all great! I find hands super difficult to draw! Yours are wonderful and that dragonfly is great!! 👍🏻😃

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