Father and child, graphite, St. Germain
This is a sketch from my sketchbook. In the Netherlands drawing without (a )model(s) is more of a common practice than here (USA), so I've heard. This one has a specific meaning though.
On Fathers Day 7 am hubby brought me to the hospital, and that day our only son, and youngest (now adult child) was born. Even though they may look like each other in build and height, they could not be two more different people in character!
Hubby is the typical reserved, rational, responsible, steady going, and stoic Western European male. His son is vocal in sharing his opinion, very sensitive to his' and others' emotions, utterly artistic, and lives like life is to play.
You can guess who stands between the two, to explain the behavior of one to the other! That does not mean I am the peace maker though. That they have to do themselves. But oh boy, it does pay to be a psychologist, even if it was only to resolve family matters.
They do have some things in common though. They are not the all-American jovial "buddy" type, ice hockey is about the only sports they like to watch, both are very good observers, like to hike and they love travel.
I am proud of both of them that they have managed to become close. It has taken years of hard work, and most of that came after son's teen years. Now, I can truly say that the son is a gift to the father.