Drawing in restaurants again

Crowded Room

This was drawn in a very crowded room. I was attending a celebratory dinner and awards ceremony for my daughter-in-law and her colleagues. They had completed their resident’s training as emergency medicine physicians and their hospital and Case Western Medical School was honoring them. All but a few of us in that room were physicians, nurses, medical administrators or otherwise connected in some way with the healthcare field. There were a lot of speeches. So, as is my habit, I found a piece of paper and a pen and did a drawing. Naturally, I drew a crowded room full of people. One individual, a Scottish woman, a physician or a nurse, sitting nearby, asked why I was doodling. I explained that it helps me to concentrate on the speeches. Unless I can draw (or take copious written notes), my mind wanders. I lose the thread of what a speaker or lecturer is talking about. I also pointed out that I am an artist and that I draw incessantly. She then asked why I draw and why I am an artist. I explained that, like most artists, it is the only thing that I can do. The questioning went on for a while. No, I don’t always know why I draw what I draw. Yes, I show in a New York gallery. I had the feeling that, in her eyes, I am very definitely an alien critter. Anyway, the evening was great. I am very proud of my daughter-in-law, the doctor and now an attending physician. And, I am equally proud of her husband, my son, who will finish up his own emergency medicine residency a year from now. The drawing is 9.5 x 4 inches and done in black ballpoint pen on tan cover stock.

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About mmgilbert

I have been drawing and painting all my life. Now part of the “New Symbolist” movement which encompasses both Goth, fantasy and tattoo art as well as the century-old work of Odilon Redon, I focus on archetypal and mythic imagery to evoke emotional themes and to reference darker fantasies. I have an abiding interest in figurative drawing, working on paper and exploring new ways to handle traditional materials. I studied with Edward Millman, a WPA muralist; at Purchase College; and at the Art Students League in New York.
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