For a long time I have wanted to learn to draw portraits. I have tried now and then but I can never quite get get it right. I'm not sure why faces are so much more difficult to draw, but they are the one thing I usually avoid. My drawing skills as a whole have improved over the last few years just from practice.......lots and lots and lots of practice. So, I guess the only way I will ever learn to draw portraits is to put in the time. The less embarrassing ones I'll post here.
I found this story about an interesting man from Stapleton, Nebraska. His name was Emery Blagdon. Working in an old shed in the late 1950's, he began twisting old wire and foil, threading hundreds of beads, and shaping everyday castoff materials toward one purpose – to generate natural energy to heal. The article says that Blagdon’s obsession, born from personal tragedy, drove him to create a “Healing Machine” . He believed people could be cured by his artful chandeliers, cascades of wire, and geometric paintings all of which he deemed gave off healing power. His work is very intricate and amazing.
Not only is his story interesting, but his face caught my artist's eye.....a very interesting face to try to draw. So, this is my attempt at drawing the face of Mr. Blagdon......
Emery Blagdon’s Healing Machine is now part of the Kohler Art Centers’ permanent collection. Emery Blagdon is known by art collectors and museum visitors as a man with boundless visionary creativity: an artist of great significance.