She sleeps through the gathering nightmares.
Inspired by the Italian word “Rinascere” which means to be reborn or to revive, it is the root of the word ‘renaissance’. I identify strongly with its meaning ‘to revive’ in the light of current art trends which have moved away from traditional skills like drawing.
This image is from a series of my life drawings which use the rich, descriptive nature of the technique to it’s full. The wonderful texture of the paper accentuates the crispness of the pen and ink lines and gives added depth to the background washes, allowing the darker charcoal layer to impose itself, ominously.
The slightest of highlights, provided by white oil pastel, lift the figure out of the brooding shadows and draw the eye to the curves of the softly sleeping woman.
This drawing in Indian ink using a traditional dip pen is on handmade paper, prepared with black and sepia ink washes. It is spray mounted onto mounting (matte) board.