During the last year a lot of things started to fall into place for me. Like the pieces of a puzzle. There still are some missing pieces but the big picture is there, quite visible…
Last week I had two small jobs drawing portraits at some corporative Christmas parties and something – maybe the pleasure close to bliss I felt – made me understand that, maybe, this is my DHARMA, my mission, my special talent and vocation in life: drawing portraits of people (sometimes, portraits of landscapes or still life or portraits of the images in my mind, too…)
When, yesterday, I fall upon this citation of Vincent Van Gogh (in a letter of May 1888, written from Arles) I just knew that THAT WAS IT.
“The best thing one could do here, from every point of view, would be portrait of women and children…”
Of course, I do not think that my dharma is to draw portraits of women, children and men only because Vincent said so… I admire and love him and his works but this is a powerful inner impulse which built up for a long, long time in me. I feel it in my heart. It’s just that this is the precise moment when I understood this.
I’m blissfully absorbed when I draw portraits, more so than when I simply draw or paint and I really think I have a knack for this…
Here are some of the portraits I’ve done recently, at Granby and Magog:
Copyright text & images, 2009, Dan Iordache