THE ROAD, BY DEBORAH SHAPIRO

This is one of my favorite drawings, and I had almost forgotten about it, but I just came across it again today, and I still love it. It has all the qualities that so many of my own drawings are missing. I'm not being falsely modest here, not this time. I have a facility with drawing that comes naturally, and it's a curse as much as a blessing, because too often my drawings become about how skillfully they're rendered, and the initial impulse behind them is lost in stylistic grandstanding. But Deborah's drawing was done in a few seconds from the window of a speeding car, and it captures that initial impulse perfectly--it is that initial impulse. Deborah was in our figure drawing group until last year, when she lef to attend VCU in Richmond. You can see what she's been up to here.