Odd as it may sound, the idea for Seasons came from the movie A River Runs Through It. It’s a movie about two brothers growing up in Montana during the early 1900’s. At the end of the movie one of the brothers is shown very late in his life, fly fishing in a river he had fished in thousands of times before. I watched as his now wrinkled and shaking hands struggled to manipulate a tiny fly, something that was so easy for him to do earlier in his life. I was struck by how one day I will be walking in those same shoes . . . a time full of colorful memories and shaky hands. In this drawing I tried to capture that general theme by showing a woman’s face in several different stages of her life.
The drawing took roughly 40 hours to draw (with half of that time being spent on the older woman’s face). I tried to make the eyes, in each of the characters, change subtlety on the journey from innocence to wisdom. For what it’s worth, this is my mom’s favorite drawing.
Size: 24″ x 18″