Pictures or sculptures, where a baby lies in a large hand have always touched me deeply and triggered a strong longing. I longed for this safety in God’s hand, but thought somewhat subconsciously that there might not be enough room for tall people like me.
Come, let go of yourself and relax in my hand!
If we have met, you know that I am fairly tall (5′ 11″ / 1.80 m). As a result it happens quite often, that when I am in a group and I look around, I notice that the majority is much smaller. On the other hand, it happens not very often that others perceive me as weak, need, feel led to help me or put their arms around my shoulder to comfort me. Although I need this as much as most other people.
This impression I projected onto God and subconsciously had the idea that I have to always be strong, because God is busy comforting small and delicate people.
Some of you might know these sculptures where a baby lies in God’s hand, or a child puts his head in a protective hand. They have often triggered a lot of longing in me, because I somehow thought that there is not enough room in such a hand for tall people like me. Until one day God gave me this inner impression that showed me that there is certainly enough room – even for tall people like me.
And I have put my words in your mouth and covered you in the shadow of my hand. Is 51:16
After the Advanced Course 2 we received again a list of homework to be done at home until the third Advanced Course. This time the goal was to practice what we had learned about drawing the human body and face. Several of these drawings I had done and posted in the context of the 30in30 Challenge in January 2015. Here they are again all together.
Liste of Homework Assignments
7 Portraits in pastels, coal, red chalk or pencil
3 Act studies in various techniques
1 Group of people
1 Expressive / abstracted painting of people in space and nature
1 Self-portrait with the help of a mirror in pencil, coal or red chalk
This two drawings are the last in a series of seven hand studies. They are part of my homework for the art academy. And at the same time they are my contributions for the 30in30 Challenge with Leslie Saeta. The first seven contributions were portraits, the second week I did seven hand studies and next week I will do foot studies.
Meanwhile I have drawn several more hand studies and other drawings for the art academy, but I did not have the time to post them here. Most of these studies are based on video stills. They are a wonderful source for studies, especially when they contain discussions and presentations.
Pinterest is also a great source, and there are several photos that wait to be painted and drawn. For this purpose, I started a pin board with the title Painting References.
Without further ado, here are number 4 and 5 of my hand study series:
After a series of portraits, I will do several hand studies, which are part of my homework for the art study at the Leonardo Art Academy Salzburg. The reference photo was unfortunately not very clear and so I had to guess some details and omit others.
While looking through a website of old paintings, I got this crazy idea that one of Dürer’s drawings might be nice project. I chose the Praying Hands.
Maybe this was not such a good idea because I am sure he took more than one day to do one of these masterpieces but it was a good learning experience. Among other things because I forgot that most red chalks are greasy. I did the second layer with red chalk and then had problems putting the sepia chalk in top of it. It gives an interesting effect but I am sure there is a better way to do it. For example, I could have put red chalk where I want to have the highlights. Nevertheless, I quite like the overall impression even though it is a far cry from Dürer’s masterpiece.
Today’s drawing is from a little sculpture of a hand in bronze color that I have. It turned out to be rather tricky because the dark color and metallic effect of the sculpture brought a very different spin to it. There were shadows and reflections in unusual places that would not be there had it been a real hand. Plus my two studio lights added to the complex mix.
Finishing this painting was not easy. The more it took shape, the harder it was to keep going. The pain of hurtful words became very present, to the point where I nearly forgot, that the “message” of this picture is God’s presence in the midst of pain.
The “30 paintings in 30 days” challenge is going into its second week. Yeah!
Here is my contribution for today – Day 8 of 30.
It is based on a sketch that I made several years ago during a seminar. It was a picture that God showed me during the seminar to help my inner healing. Even tall people like myself fit into God’s hand and he knows all my tears and collects them in a jar. He is a wonderful comforter.