Sketchbook as Study

After my first visit to Alice Neel’s show, “People Come First” at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, I knew I had to go back for more. On my second visit, I took along a little Midori notebook and some pencils. The idea was to draw as I went along because drawing helps me see and understand things in different ways than looking does.

Here are all the little sketches in my book at the end of a couple of hours. They in no way capture Neel’s draftsmanship, or more importantly, the power of being in a room surrounded by her people, all looking at you. The gaze she captures, I have no words for. But I am also fascinated by her emotive use of proportions, her hands, her colors, and by the people she chooses to draw.

If you can visit the show, don’t miss it. But if you can’t get to it, there is a lovely catalog of the pieces available for purchase.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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4 Responses to Sketchbook as Study

  1. Amanda Pirot says:

    Well done! I can see Alice Neel style in your drawing proportions, especially in The Black Boy, Ginny, Marxist Girl. Hoping to get to the exhibit soon!

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  2. Linda Hackett says:

    I saw the show in NY in July 2021, and was blown away. It is wonderful to see her images through your eyes!

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  3. Michele says:

    You are such an inspiration.

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  4. fmclellan says:

    I trekked to Bilbao to see the show at the Guggenheim last November. I also went back! So mucg to take in and study. Great that you were able to sketch there!

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