The Art of The Widower’s Notebook

After my wife, Joy’s, sudden death I hid all of the photographs – it was too painful for me to have them around, particularly to come upon them unexpectedly. I needed to be prepared, in control, and drawing provided that. I started drawing a few weeks after Joy’s death. It was a way of staying close but having distance at the same time. I made lots of drawings, not all of them in the book (my publisher and I chose about a dozen for inclusion), and not all of them are here. Some were very quick, rough sketches, others very complete in my typical trompe l’oeil (trick of the eye) style where I’ve drawn in tape and tears to make the drawings look “real.” There is a chapter in the book about drawing, how I started, and how it helped me.

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