|My father, based on a photo circa 1975.|
For my father's birthday, rather than give him one more shirt that he doesn't need or particularly want, I decided to spend a few days trying to create a portrait.
If nothing else, it was an absorbing exercise for me. Only in retrospect did I realize that perhaps the shirt might have been more fun for Dad. By way of metaphor, giving Dad art is about the same as giving me football tickets.
But in any case, he knows I spent time thinking about him and his birthday -- a good long time, given all that erasing. So at least that requirement was met.
I've been working on sketching, off and on, for the last few months, and minor progress continues. Some other attempts are below.