Keyword: sketchbooks

Studies for Solarium thumb

Studies for Solarium

This sketchbook page focuses on waiting patients interacting with their friends and families. Robert’s marginal notes describe details of clothing. In his first sketch of a patient and friend, it was ambiguous who was the patient and who was the friend.

Study and Notes for The Lavishness of My Feelings thumb

Study and Notes for The Lavishness of My Feelings

In the sketches on this page, Robert works through two metaphors for his painting, The Lavishness of My Feelings. The first metaphor, a woman poised between love and death, comes by way of artist Edvard Munch. The second metaphor makes reference

Study for The Lavishness of My Feelings thumb

Study for The Lavishness of My Feelings

If one compares this sketch with the finished painting, it’s clear Robert changed models for the woman, though the pose and lighting remain quite similar. He also changes the heavy turtleneck sweater seen here for a more casual and attractive

Two women and a bird thumb

Two women and a bird

Robert’s sketchbooks include, along with studies and ideas for paintings, more relaxed drawings of friends. He is able to draw faces using very few contour lines, suggesting forms through delicate cross-hatching. The women seem to have been caught almost by

Sketchbook Page (study for Woman with a Suitcase) thumb

Sketchbook Page (study for Woman with a Suitcase)

This sketchbook page, with its multiple studies and notes, reflects Robert’s new focus on creating a series on a common theme, planning small sluices of a subject in many images rather than trying to express all his ideas in one image. The text

Copy of Mythological Scene thumb

Copy of Mythological Scene

As Robert searches for ideas, he copies two images from art history that demonstrate how he was equally drawn to mythology and autobiography. The top image, Mythological Scene, by Renaissance artist Piero di Cosimo, is reset in Nova Scotia with a

Two Studies for Escape thumb

Two Studies for Escape

Two sketchbook drawings show the development of an idea. In the first drawing, the car is positioned half-way between two figures and a telephone booth. The car is lit from above by the streetlight and casts a triangle-shaped shadow. In the second

Knife Eye Window thumb

Knife Eye Window

A page of drawings possibly inspired by the shocking opening scene of the surrealist film, Un Chien Andalou, in which a woman’s eye is cut in half with a razor. The madman who wields the razor is played by the

Stages of Dying thumb

Stages of Dying

Robert used his sketchbooks to generate ideas for paintings. His ideas came from different sources. Here he makes notes from Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s book, On Death and Dying. Kubler-Ross’s notion that patients and their families pass through 5 stages of dying

Studies for Into the Light and Cloud thumb

Studies for Into the Light and Cloud

Robert’s sketchbooks reveal how he worked on several ideas at the same time. He often placed studies for different works side by side, as if considering how one picture extends, contrasts or complements another. This page, from the “Accident” series,