Rebecca Gabriel - "Night"

I never know what inspiration a pose may evoke. It depends on the individual and the alchemy that ensues between myself and the person.  Esteban was the model for my piece “Night.” I had been drawing him in various poses for over the course of a month, including a detail portrait of his face. This was the final session. As he turned his back to me and crouched on a low stool, I found his back as expressive as any portrait. I do not pretend to know the history, or even the personality of Esteban, but I had gotten to know him over many hours of observation and interpretation, as I worked away on a small scale and my mechanical pencils. Just then, his simple pose went beyond a typical life drawing and a world opened up to me - evoking history, the pandemic, and the human predicament. In the visual arts, words do not tell the story. Rather, it is the image  that “speaks.” Thank you viewers for listening to the work, as well as my words. You are the link that connects the purpose of art, with understanding and my humble efforts. Thank you BIG DRAW, the Arvada Art Center and YOU for visiting the show and my piece “Night.”

Big Draw Colorado
  1. Josh Aiman - "Sitting Woman With Blue" and "Looking"
  2. Kevin Baer - "Drawing Ritual"
  3. Tree Bernstein - "Buckthorn Near & Far" and "Strawflower Stars"
  4. Tonia Bonnell - "In the Explosion – Rise"
  5. Mark Brasuell - "Tiefschlaf (Deep Sleep)"
  6. Mindy Bray - "Structure #2"
  7. Karen Breunig - "Red Dress #2"
  8. Andi Burnum - "Sketchbook 13 Page 37"
  9. Jack Cackovic - "Font Family: Graffiti"
  10. Al Canner - "Mid-Century Modern Pictograph"
  11. Julie Chen - "Red Rocks"
  12. Diane Cionni - "Rhizome Atlas I"
  13. Sue Crosby Doyle - "Scroll"
  14. Benjy Davies - "Selections from the Daily Drawings Project"
  15. Mark Evans - "The Path to Weightless #3" and "The Path to Weightless #1"
  16. Anne Feller - "Grasping"
  17. Rebecca Gabriel - "Night"
  18. Judy Gardner - "I'm a Fan"
  19. Brittany Hass - "Spider Maple Leaf"
  20. Margaret Kasahara - "Notation 38-20" and "Notation 5-23"
  21. Dan Levinson - "Story of A Giant"
  22. Charles Livingston - "Body Motion Drawings"
  23. Kalliopi Monoyios - "Animist Dancer"
  24. Jonathan Nicklow - "Rearranging The Hungry Eye"
  25. Phillip Potter - "Transitory Formation of Mental Objects #3"
  26. Mike Richens - "Late Afternoon Thoughts On Degas"
  27. Pam Rogers - "Ten Mile Range"
  28. Gregory Santos - "Kimberly (light green)"
  29. Bala Thiagarajan - "Kolam Floor Drawing"
  30. Chloe Wilwerding - "Street View. Home View. Heart View. II"