Friday, May 14, 2010


It is difficult to photograph these drawings as they are graphite on tracing paper and I am not pressing all that hard on much of the drawing.  

I am pleased with this one as I was able to recreate the spirit of the contour drawings that Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton is known for.  They are full of spirit, imagination, intelligence and emotion.  She is a special discovery of an amazing woman with an incredible story. For some people, there are not enough superlatives to describe them.   I had the rare privilege to see a large exhibition of her work in a gallery in Lawrence, Kansas a few years ago.  I was in the right place at the right time!!!   I try to introduce her to many of may classes.  Check her out if she is not known to you.  Take the time to read about her background.  There is an out of print book published on her.  I was able to find it in my local library system.  There is a therapist in the Kansas City Area who worked with Elizabeth's daughter to create a "coloring book" of many of  her drawings as a therapeutic tool.  I have this book.  If you click on the title to this blog post it links to a website where you can purchase this book.  The t-shirts and bag images are of such poor quality that I passed them up but did purchase a poster.

This idea of mine is shaping up.  I can see there is going to be a challenge in scaling all the drawings.  Perhaps the computer can help with that.  

I will be sitting at the Gallery Concord tomorrow.  If you find yourself in the area, I hope you stop by.


Carrie H. said...

"I will be sitting at the Gallery Concord tomorrow. If you find yourself in the area, I hope you stop by."

Playing with your i pad no doubt

Kay said...

I love Grandma Layton..I bring out her artwork when I try to get drawing students to do contour drawing..I love her story..

Elizabeth Seaver said...

This is such an awesome idea for a series. Have I said that before?? If so, it bears repeating.

I'm looking forward to seeing these as they develop into paintings.

RHCarpenter said...

Now here's a woman I've never heard of - will have to check out her work and life. Great sketch - I can feel the excitement building!!!

Carol Nelson said...

Your concept of combining a mask of another famous woman painter with your own image is simply brilliant. Can't wait to see your finished product.
I am also enjoying your posts about your new ipad. I think I'm going to get one too.

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