Here is a recent A3 charcoal drawing titled The Thinker. From this you might see I LOVE to draw. It has always been in my blood and I can remember from an early age my feeble attempts to draw. Nobody around me knew anything about art but my father was a musician. He played several instruments. I eventually became a drummer as I also love rhythm.
But in those early days I loved to just draw. Anything would do. I would copy cartoons even though it would be many years later before I discovered POP ART with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein who I meet in New York at the Leo Castelli Gallery. Roy asked where I was from and when I said Australia he said …..”how did you get here……swim?” He was so easy to talk to and gave me some encouragement at the time.
Anyway getting back to my story ……around….maybe 9 years of age I began asking some friends to “sit” for me even though I did not know that term at the time. They were my humble but sincere attempts to draw what I saw.
Guess this thinker got me “thinking” about my beginnings as an artist.
How about you? Does The Thinker get you thinking about what you love to do.
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I like your drawing! I’ve always loved drawing, always doodling when I was in school.
Thank you. I think doodling is our artist trying to come out of us. So often we think it is insignificant but it is NOT. Best wishes, Robert
I have great admiration and respect for those you draw and paint! Thanks a lot for the inspiration Robert.
Dilip, thanks for the kind words. I think we all inspire each other. Best wishes, Robert
How wonderful to have had art in your blood so young. It certainly shows in your art work that you have always drawn. i think that drawing or painting from very young makes a lot of difference in people’s art. I unfortunately didn’t discover whatever talent I may have until I was thirty. Anyway, great drawing and thanks for sharing. RLTE
Silvia, there is NO “rite” time in this world….ONLY NOW! Make the most of it. That is all that matters. Best wishes, Robert
I guess I don’t THINK about what I’m doing as deeply as The Thinker. Just more intuitive. But, I also don’t start with just a blank sheet of paper. That’s why I recycle/upcycle materials. Find new ways to put together existing objects. I was always great at those standardized tests in grade school where they would have different 3D shapes shown in 2D and we had to figure out how they should go together. Whatever.
More intuitive is PERFECT Mike. What you are doing with those recycled/upcycled materials is wonderful. You are obviously using a talent you were blessed with. Picasso loved those materials too and made some amazing sculptures. All the best, Robert
Wow. I might be a little out of place seeing and commenting this a year later, but I had to tell you that I just love this thinker! I see lots of big existential questions inside of him, in his eyes… some anxiety in that hand scratching his forehead. I guess that ‘what I love’ is exactly that… just think 😀 Thank you burgess!
Not at all Mariano. It is so refreshing to have you comment on an older work……especially this one. It was a favorite and your insightful comments warm my heart…… a big thank you 🙂
Thank you for the inspiration Robert! You see.. I play guitar in an experimental rock project here in Argentina, our band’s name is ‘Esas ideas que nadie escuchó’ (‘Those ideas that nobody heard’), and this name, and the songs we play, are dedicated to all great geniuses, artists, philosophers and thinkers, that remain underground despite of their greatness. This last 2 weeks I had been searching for some image or picture for use it to represent us in our websites and album’s covers. That’s how I found to your ‘Thinker’, and I would like to ask you a great favor, and honor… I guess that you can see where I’m going, don’t?…. haha may I?? 🙂
ps: sorry for my english