Hand #4

Robert Spellman painting of a woman's hand on her chin.

I used to teach a class called Advanced Drawing at Naropa University. We had a semester-long assignment to produce one hundred drawings on a theme or subject, a project that I would do along with the students. Some time in the late 1990s I chose hands as a subject. Many of them were of women's hands in various positions. I worked from magazine advertisements and, as you can see in the image, I was relying on a grid to assist with the precision, a technique I learned in grade school from our visiting art teacher, Mr. Bowker. For this project I worked on gessoed, unstretched canvas with charcoal and acrylic paint. I still enjoy looking at these more than twenty-five years later. See more of this series elsewhere in the section called Hands.

Music of the Moment

A short piece for piano, cello, viola, harp, and bass drum. This is a sketch I've been working on this week. It's called Belgooly. Belgooly is the name of a village in County Cork, Ireland. There is no connection between Belgooly and this music. So there you have it.

I add one of these compositional sketches with each Moonblog entry on the new and full moon. I also have a page with more of this musical work in progress. Go here for a listen.

New Moon ~ November 23rd, 2022