A Face, A Story

12 Jul

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Older women shouldn’t be invisible. I’m combining my daily practice sketch with drawing from pictures of elder women because of the ageism that their generation suffers. I know that elders of both genders have problems to face, but it seems that they are compounded for older women. Not so long ago the BBC dumped a female presenter for the crime of being in her mid-50s after an arrogant suggestion that she should get Botox. Disgraceful. Why should we, male or female, be expected to wipe the story of our lives from our faces in order to be visible? Wrong, wrong, wrong.

This beautiful woman is drawn into my A4 hardbacked sketchbook prepared with brown wrapping paper, using black and white conté crayon and grey and black graphite.

4 Responses to “A Face, A Story”

  1. anna warren portfolio July 14, 2015 at 09:08 #

    I love the way your ‘invisible’ women are emerging from the page. I have great respect for older people, especially women, they have so much to offer, a whole world of life experience, and most that I know are at peace with themselves. Getting older myself, I resent physical limitations, but love that increasing confidence and sense of peace.

    • Rosie Scribblah July 14, 2015 at 09:38 #

      yes, it’s an interesting journey. That sounds like a cliche but it is. I don’t like the increasing physical limitations, like you, but the increased confidence and creativity and calm compensate for it

  2. jhv57 July 13, 2015 at 00:38 #

    Finding myself weirdly fascinated by my own aging. I’m Venus in Capricorn, so I’ve never had a huge emotional investment in my youth.
    Enjoying this series!

    • Rosie Scribblah July 13, 2015 at 05:19 #

      Thank you, Judith 😀 I am also finding the aging process interesting, frustrating as well sometimes. I get a sense of being on a journey now, which I didn’t when I was younger

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