Napping on the Couch

Sketch of a man napping by Sarah Sullivan

Napping on the Couch


My son drifted asleep on the couch, taking a needed nap after driving down from the bay area. His sleeping face still reminds me of his baby years, and I could not resist sketching him. I guess you should be careful where you fall asleep!

A few days ago I prepared several pages of a sketchbook with a gold-tinted watercolor ground. Daylight was flooding the room from several windows and the golden pages seemed a perfect choice for this drawing. After sketching with a brown pastel pencil, I added the color with gouache, leaving much of the skin unpainted.

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2 Responses to Napping on the Couch

  1. Beverly Barrett says:

    Sure looks peaceful.

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. Sheila says:

    LOL – Funny how watching our adult children sleep takes us back in time. The repeated lines and flowing shapes make it FEEL as if he is drifting on an ocean of soft cozy comfort and love. As in the other gold-ground painting, I LOVE the gold shimmering (and peeking) through the rich, vibrant colors.


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