vanitas (with gumballs)

May 28, 2009 § 3 Comments

vanitas (with gumballs)

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This drawing is based on a vanitas theme, intended to emphasize the transience of life.  It is a somber message, so I chose a little frivolity, by adding the gumballs.  Each item was selected for its color and symbolic value.   My light pencil-work is also meant to be uplifting and ethereal.  A carefully staged photograph of mine was the starting point.  I followed the photo closely, but tried to move away from a strict photographic look.  The drawing is a reminder that life is fleeting, but that it should be enjoyed in detail, at every moment.

Aurelio Madrid


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