Tuesday, March 18, 2014

making time




So here's where I'm at with the ink portrait I begun nearly a year ago of an older gentleman who I met in Kathmandu's Durbar Square some time ago. I have taken long breaks in between sessions of maddening stippling, but I hope that I can finish it shortly and move on to another drawing. Still, I must say that I have loved the process of this piece, and I'm not sure if I am ready to complete it.

I expected the artwork to just pour out of me when I moved away from the city and shortened my commute, but things just don't happen that way do they? Time gets filled with some other often meaningless activity (mainly wandering around the internet), and I find myself complaining about not having enough time.

In two weeks I'll be returning to Urfa and Göbeklitepe with my sketchbook and camera.
Let's see if I can make the time for some drawing then.

6 comments:

Huw said...

Wow, the detail on that is incredible. I like the contrast with the negative space of his topi.

Huw

szaza said...

Thank you, Huw!

Raye S. said...

It's looking amazing! I was just wondering the other day how much further you had come and what this piece was looking like : )

Unknown said...

This portrait is so beautiful -- I have enjoyed every new view of it that you post. You were also working on a large, quite amazing pen and ink piece that I have not seen you post about in awhile -- one of a man holding a basket. DId you finish that one, and if so is there a picture online somewhere where one could have a peek? I am a frequent visitor to your blog -- your artwork is so inspiring! I also soo enjoy the glimpses that you provide of all of the wonderful places that you visit!

Sue Pownall said...

It's a stunning portrait.

szaza said...

Thank you so much, Raye, Unknown, and Sue. I finished his ear last night!

The simit salesman (the one with the basket) is resting on the floor of my guest room. I'll bring him out sometime soon :)