I spent many countless quiet moments watching my father draw, and I can see by the thickness and character of the line the certain movement of his hand, a sure flick of the wrist as his hand left the paper momentarily, and he breathed out in quiet triumph of this small, yet infinitely large, accomplishment.

8 x 10, ink and watercolor on paper.

5 Comments to “Cleft”  

  1. 1 Rene

    This is very simple but very beautiful. I should draw something like that, too. :)

  2. 2 Felix Lim

    I can totally relate to the bliss of perfect stroke. It was said that at a more advanced stage of his painting, John Singer Sargent steps back after making each stroke. A “slow haste” they call it.

  3. 3 aw

    Rene, yes you should! :)

    Felix, thank you for relating this to me. I always love hearing quotes from famous artists. “Slow Haste” is a wonderful phrase.

  4. 4 Leslie Sealey

    It is rare to see drawings with lines as sure and perfectly expressed as these are. Your dad absolutely deserves recognition for his accomplishments, and kudos to you for giving people the opportunity to see his work. I enjoy your commentary, too.

  5. 5 aw


    Comments like these just make my day. Thank you so much for taking the time to write. :) I am glad you like the commentary also. It’s a nice way for me to reflect on life with my dad.

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