June 27, 2017

Hope Gangloff, artist friends, essential tremor, and my lunch with Kindle

Last week, thanks to my friend Marta Szabo, I *discovered* Hope Gangloff, an American painter who lives and works in New York City.

It was love at first sight.

As part of my ongoing series “ART du jour” on Facebook, I posted several of her paintings and my friend Nancy McBride was immediately captivated by Gangloff’s style.

When I posted the following piece on Monday, June 24…

“Serious Snack”
Hope Gangloff — 2011
acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

… Nancy commented about how she loved “the implied texture/depth, yet done with line and lack of shadow.”

She also challenged me to do a line drawing.

Now ever since the Essential Tremor in my hands got worse at the end of 2014, I’ve almost totally abandoned drawing. I don’t tremble that much, but it’s enough to annoy me. Then there’s this health problem I’ve been dealing with since 2011 — which is now 80% cured, YESSS —, so I guess that along the way, I’d lost my mojo.

Nancy’s challenge was shaking my cage.
Oh no.

The thing is, I was perfectly fine living in my comfortable lazy rut, sharing other people’s art, thinking about drawing now and then but never taking action on account of my “condition.”

All good.

As I was about to refuse the challenge,
Nancy posted her drawing.

And then she posted this second one…

“Whimsical tedium” — Nancy McBride

… and that’s when I jumped in!

I didn’t follow the “line drawing” style.
I just drew.

It was 12:30 pm when Nancy challenged me.
At 8:06 pm, I posted my drawing:

“PHASE 1” 


Yesterday, I shared the finished product:

“Lunch with my friend Kindle”
Black ink & Prismacolor pencils on cardboard
9.5 x 7.5 inches

In tomorrow’s blog post, I’ll show you what I did with my drawing. Until then, don’t forget to visit my artist friends:

Marta Szabo — Authentic Writing
Nancy McBride — Portfolio

Thank you, Marta.
Thank you, Nancy.

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  1. Rachel Dangermond says:

    Doesn’t it feel good to be in the flow of your artistry? I always receive such joy when I see your drawings. Also, I’m sorry for the challenges that have kept you from them and glad that you were rocked out of your comfort zone back in.

    June 28, 2017 at 8:14 am

  2. Mudd says:

    Rachel, ma belle amie…

    It feels liberating, soothing. It feels even better than it did when I was a kid! Because now, I don’t have that little devil looking over my shoulder, telling me my art isn’t “serious enough.”

    Serious art — booooring! 😉

    LOVE LOVE LOVE you xox

    June 28, 2017 at 10:23 am

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