Robert moves in a new direction with this sketch, applying the theme of his art college graduating exhibition, “Oppositions,” to his own life and experience. No longer an academic exercise, but a scene from life, recording the region where Robert grew up.
The notes at the top of the page refer to Ted Rosenthal, a poet diagnosed with Leukemia at age 30. The poet is best known for a meditation called “How could I not be among you?” In this work, Rosenthal
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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
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