A Look Back Through Sketching

I’m an old man and part of being an old man is that my daughter is now a grown, confident woman who is off beating law school into submission.  I’m extremely proud of her and because of her age and maturity we now have conversations to solve the world’s problems and maybe a few of our own.  That’s pretty neat.

But there is a part of being an old man that causes me to miss the days when she would giggle as I’d bounce her on my knee or carry her on my shoulders.  Back then drawing meant scribbling with crayons and she was far better at it than me.  That was also a time when we shared a common interest in stuffed animals.  She was my excuse to buy them and she loved every one.  The result is that we now have a literal mountain of them, each with memories attached to them.

I’ve started drawing some of them because, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, it rains here all the time so I need stuff to draw indoors and I’m tired of tomatoes.  But what really drives me with this project is that as I draw these puddles of fluff and fur, memories of those early days fill me with joy.  Here’s one I did of a little poupée (doll), one of many in the collection.  For some reason she lacks a nose or mouth and I saw no reason to add them.

Stillman & Birn Alpha (4×6), DeAtramentis Document brown/black

2 thoughts on “A Look Back Through Sketching

  1. Prompting memories — that’s got to be one of the best reasons to sketch anything! I had a huge pile of my childhood stuffed animals still stored at my parents’ home. When it was finally time to clear out their house, I was so overwhelmed with the emotions and time-consuming work of the task at hand that I simply put them in a huge bag and took them to Goodwill. I had no time to indulge in letting them prompt memories. I still regret that I didn’t at least take a photo of them, let alone sketch a few. Your daughter will love your sketches of her old toys much more than the toys themselves.

    • You’re right about that and I wish I’d thought of it sooner. I could have spent the winter drawing stuffed animals (grin). So you only had one bag of them; we (me) were more crazy than that. I don’t know the exact count but there are 100-150 of them stuffed in a room along with piles of legos and other kid stuff. I hate to even think of the task of cleaning it out 🙂 Maybe I’ll draw them all.

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