I started this sketch to see if I could capture an older face. I sketched in pencil, then ink, then used acrylic paint. I’m beginning to really appreciate the flexibility and quick drying time of acrylics — I tend to want to paint quickly, chase after a bright idea and see where it leads. I was pleased with the result of this.
The title came to me as I was finishing it up. I love it when that happens. I thought this piece would be about the frailty of the aging body, but instead it became about something more like strength. It comes in many shapes, doesn’t it?