Egghoven, No.9 of the Lesser-Known Dumptys. 8"x10" archival ink on 11"x14" Bristol Board.
Hello!!! How are you? I hope you are well. As for me I am not well. I have so many problems and I am suffering...etc.etc. Please send money. Okay. Forgive me, I am being facetious. I am well, as well as can be. Today is Saturday and you know what that means? I am at home with my family. I love love love love being with my family at home. I don't know why I feel that way. Well, firstly, I love being with my family and we could be anywhere, I would still enjoy the time but being at home just makes me feel extra comfortable and extra happy. This is my refuge. Never mind that I am on call, I am still at home.
I want to talk about politics. Okay never mind. Whew! That was close. Hahaha!
Let me talk about religion. No? Okay. I know drawing some religion's iconic prophets would send death threats my way but what about Buddha? I grew up surrounded by Buddha's portraits, statues and statuettes. How many Buddha bellies have I rubbed? How many incense sticks have I burned in temples? I can't count. Buddha is such a lovable and comforting figure. Most images of Buddha look Chinese but do you know that Buddha was an Indian? His real name was Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha. He was a spiritual teacher from the Indian subcontinent. My daughter was very impressed when she found out that I knew that. While reading her World History book in the kitchen, she asked "Mom, do you know where Buddha was from originally?" I blurted out Buddha's name. She smiled. Yet she is still not fully impressed with me. She said I am weird. She saw me drawing during the concert in the dimly lit auditorium. Anyway, I don't think I can draw Buddha as an egg. I like Buddha and his teachings.
However, this is Egghoven. I am very much aware that I labeled him as No.9 of the Lesser-Known Dumptys series. There is a reason. I modeled him from Joseph Karl Stieler's painting of Ludwig Van Beethoven. I also drew him after I finished drawing Egglina, No.8 of the series. I will post Egglina at another time.
Egghoven was drawn with a special blogger-friend in mind. Hint :) Hint :)
When I draw an image of person, in this case it is an egg with a face, I always draw the nose line first. When the face is completed and I am satisfied with it, I draw the other facial features. I decided to give Egghoven hair, lots of hair. Well, guess what happened? My son thought I was drawing myself! It is because of Egghoven's hair. If I don't tame my hair it will go wild just like that. So in order to make sure that I am not mistaken as the egg above, I gave him/it an unshaven face but not a full beard.
So that is Egghoven for you, writing his Symphony No.9. That's exactly what happens with composers too. They compose from a box of jumbled notes and then they lay them out on music sheets and they end up in music instrument stores... Okay. just kidding!
Look what happened to my beautiful, neatly trimmed and professionally maintained patio garden. My son converted it to a container-vegetable garden haven. Tomatoes, peppers, asparagus, herbs, Brussel sprouts, snap peas, pumkins, watermelons, etc...He is using every space he can find. The pumpkin patch is right at the front door. Aahh, I can't complain.
Have a great weekend! Tsup!