My watercolors for the past two days (Resting Position and Resting Hands Revisited) have been gestures from a photograph of Mike and one of his classmates, M___, at their Day Program. Mike, my older brother, is autistic, very low functioning and nonverbal.
In today’s study I portray the hands of my brother. His head is down on the classroom table, in the crook of his arm. His hand is extended above his head. His other hand is holding a slinky, which is his favorite toy.
The first sketch is immediately below.
In both sketches, the image on the right is a hand that seems to be relaxed. It is arched and appears to be limp, or the hand of a puppeteer. The left-hand…
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