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88-year-old artist Robert Seaman finishes year of pandemic ‘daily doodles’-Art-and-culture News , Happy Easterday

88-year-old artist Robert Seaman finishes yr of pandemic ‘every day doodles’-Artwork-and-culture Information , Joyful Easterday

Seaman, who has been absolutely vaccinated since January, says he’ll “most likely kick the bucket” earlier than he runs out of concepts.

Artist Robert Seaman holds up the 365th every day doodle sketch in his room at an assisted residing facility Monday, 10 Could 2021. (AP Photograph/Charles Krupa)

Westmoreland, NH: Very like the spherical clock faces, gears and planets that usually populate his art work, Robert Seaman has come full circle.

Seaman, 88, has been drawing since he was a boy, and at age 60, left an actual property profession to pursue his interest professionally. However it took the coronavirus pandemic to completely return him to his ardour.

“As a child, I saved lurching between being a loner and being an extrovert,” he mentioned. “However in my introvert section, I’d like to go as much as my room the place I had a drawing desk type of desk and I’d spend hours up there drawing photos. That’s what I’m doing now.”

Tuesday marked one yr since Seaman began churning out “every day doodles” from his small, one-room condominium on the Maplewood Assisted Dwelling facility in Westmoreland, New Hampshire. He spends about six hours a day engaged on his intricate, fanciful illustrations, beginning with pencil sketches and ending with ink, colored pencil and watercolour.

“After an extended life, I’m again doing what I did after I was 11 years previous,” he mentioned. “And it’s nice, I find it irresistible. I’m so fortunate that I can do that.”

Seaman moved in to Maplewood simply two weeks earlier than the pandemic restrictions minimize residents off from the skin world. For a lot of months, they couldn’t go away their rooms. It was solely final week that they had been allowed to work together in hallways and different widespread areas with out masks.

“The primary thought I had was to only do some type of darkish stuff that mirrored the character of the confinement that we had been experiencing and the difficulties that had been created by this pandemic,” he mentioned. “Then it simply began to develop, and I believed it might be attention-grabbing to do one a day.”

He began sending the doodles to his daughter, Robin Hayes, and different family and friends. Hayes then shared them on Fb, and as curiosity grew, started providing the originals and prints on the market on Etsy.com, with half the proceeds going to charities, together with a COVID-19 reduction fund, a homeless shelter and an organisation that helps refugees.

As the times handed, Seaman’s artwork received a bit brighter in each theme and look.

Some items showcase his fascination with science fiction, whereas others painting whimsical animals or sly humour — #131, Portraits of a Shy Household, depicts framed work of the backs of heads. Robots carrying purple flags march throughout the web page. Blackbirds burst from a pie. A squiggly-lined mind is sandwiched between two burger buns. A much-loved cat, Piper, reveals up in every kind of scenes.

Seaman, who has been absolutely vaccinated since January, says he’ll “most likely kick the bucket” earlier than he runs out of concepts.

“I is likely to be watching one thing on tv, and somebody could have an image on the wall that may give me an thought. Or issues simply pop into my head. After I fall asleep at evening, for a couple of minutes I strive to consider some new concepts,” he mentioned. “After I get caught, I’ll simply begin drawing an object and it’s like phrase affiliation. I’ll draw a hand, and rapidly that means one thing else, so it simply grows from there.”

Craig and Sandra Fox, of Deerfield, purchased Doodles #13, 271 and 274 after listening to about Seaman on the radio and getting added to his every day electronic mail listing.

“Throughout the pandemic, lots of our regular capacity to get out and have contact with individuals was diminished, so to have the ability to get some output or one thing that isn’t an promoting flier or publication every day was cool,” Craig Fox mentioned. “I accumulate books by individuals I do know. If somebody I do know writes a guide, I purchase it and ask for an autograph … and by watching the doodles come by, I began to really feel like I do know him.”

Sandra Fox, who as soon as stared at a portray in a museum so lengthy {that a} guard teased her about “casing the joint,” mentioned she loves how a lot there may be to see in Seaman’s drawings.

“They’re what they’re to me, I’ve the identical emotions, however I see extra each time,” she mentioned. “I might have a look at them for half an hour and see many, many issues. I’ll catch one other coloration or one thing in a nook I by no means even seen earlier than.”

Doodle #365, titled Potpourri contains the Earth looming behind a jumble of objects that embody the aforementioned cat, a wind-up fowl Seaman retains on his desk, a horse and a person sporting an aviator cap and googles. It’s framed by a collection of shapes that evoke calligraphy however aren’t precise letters. Although he achieved his aim of a yr of every day doodles, Seaman mentioned he has no plans to cease.

“It’s egocentric. It retains me occupied, and I really like doing it, nevertheless it additionally does assist another individuals, which is type of good,” he mentioned. “Perhaps I’ll get so shaky I can’t do something, however so long as I can, I’ll.”

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Updated: May 13, 2021 — 8:32 am

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