Drawing - Graphite Pencil On Cold Press
This is a drawing I did from a photo from my family album. The photo was about 2" x3" and was taken approximately 1936. The boy on the left is Frank, the father is Toddy and on the right is Homer. Frank is my father and Homer my uncle. Toddy was my grandfather and I was named after him. I never got to meet Toddy because he died in a collision with a train 1956, just a couple years before I was born.
I heard stories all my life about how hard times were and how they made their living off the land. I suppose some of the stories got exaggerated as the years went by. I mainly remember the stories of how poor they were and I have no doubt they were true. My grandfather worked for the coal mine and also farmed. My father told me they would carry a bucket to the railroad tracks and pick up chunks of coal to put on the wood stove. The coal was used during the cold nights to keep the fire going for warmth. They were taught not to complain and how to work hard.
I started this drawing and decided to leave the bottom part of the drawing unfinished. I did this because it reminded me of the unfinished life of my grandfather Toddy.
The family resemblance has carried on and I also had very blonde hair as well as my kids. I put emphasis on the shadow of the eyes that almost shows the hard life they lived. And can also be seen in the eyes of my children's photos.
I have done hundreds of drawings and portraits but this drawing always remains one of my favorites.
February 3rd, 2013
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