Drawing of Mother & Child – attachment theory – Bed Time Story 9

‘ML & E’
A5 sketchbook – double spread
© The Artist.

attachment provides a secure base


” (according to Bowlby) … attachment provides a secure base from which the child can explore the environment, a haven of safety to which the child can return when he or she is afraid or fearful. As the young child develops and matures, this style of interacting becomes more static and less open to change.” – Attachment in Children, Wikipedia

Bed Time Story 9
A5 sketchbook double spread

This is a five minute pose – ‘sur la vif’ – from life, with all the wiggling & jiggling that children (& most adults) do. Lines (like feelings & habits… both good & bad) are echoed throughout the group.

File:Eskimo Family NGM-v31-p564-2.jpg

Eskimo Family NGM-v31-p564-2.jpg

photo wiki commons (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE 1917)

wiki commentary : “AN ESKIMO FAMILY. Tenderness and responsibility in their treatment of children is a virtue of the Eskimo which binds them closer to the brotherhood of civilized peoples than their skill at carving or with the needle.”


related posts:

Rembrandt’s Gesture Drawing

Intimate Portraits of Artist’s Own Children -Matisse, Cézanne, John, Rembrandt, Rubens, Nicholson

4 Comments on “Drawing of Mother & Child – attachment theory – Bed Time Story 9

  1.  by  Adam Cope

    well I was fixng some of the drawings & getting them reday to be stored away… and i looked at them with ‘a jaundiced eye'(our perceptions change according to our humours don’t they) & i thought : “load of old scribbles, what have they got to do with those momments? The past is the past & a drawing is a drawing”

  2.  by  Cathy Gatland

    Look at them in 15 years time and note what you think! I think that way about many of my scribbles, but not the few I did of my kids – except maybe the ones that look nothing like them!

  3.  by  Adam Cope

    Cathy – your usual kindness.

    They grow up so fast, before one’s own eyes they daily change. Look back even over a year …

    fleeting existence.

    between the representation & the reality… always a painful gap. in the creation, some part of the artists’ self must be expressed.unfolding in front of one’s eyes.

    “Photographier : c’est retenir son souffle quand toutes nos facultés convergent pour capter la réalité fuyante ; c’est alors que la saisie d’une image est une grande joie physique et intellectuelle.” henri cartier bressson