sketch of a sculpture; white prismacolor pencil on black paper
In the sculpture galleries at the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, I came across a drawing station that had a supply of black paper on a clip boards, a box full of white prismacolor pencils and an open invitation to draw the the sculptures. I couldn't resist it. So here is my rendition of Little Peasant or First Grief a sculpture by Erastus Dow Palmer (1817-1904). I loved the beautiful girl and the haunting expression on her face. I was curious as to why the sculpture was titled First Grief and research revealed that : This statue, also known as Little Peasant, depicts an incident in the life of one of the sculptor's daughters, who had avidly followed the hatching and rearing of a nest of birds, only to be overcome with grief when the fledglings departed. Palmer, who was self-taught, was among the first American sculptors to break with the prevailing neoclassical style and adopt a more naturalistic approach. Here is an article on the Erastus Dow Palmer that appeared in New York Times in 1896 when he was seventy nine years old.
It was pretty challenging to draw with white pencil on black paper and I had to make a conscious effort to reverse the normal way of drawing, remembering to draw the light and highlights and leave the shadow areas black :) I enjoyed the impromptu exercise very much and hope to go back and sketch more of the sculptures.