My grandfather, Al Wiseman, kept boxes and boxes of pencils and erasers. If I remember little else, I remember this – his amazing number of pencils!
Once, when I was a child of about seven years old, he picked me up from our home in Carmel Valley and we drove in his small car for what seemed like forever, to his home in Burlingame, California. I recall that I spent the better part of a week sketching on the floor with a huge stack of paper and giant bin of pencils and erasers. When we weren’t sketching, we went to lunches and rode around in his golf cart, stopping for a drive here and a putt there.
That memory of endless pencils never left my mind, as did his advice to me then, “Never draw with just one piece of paper – always have a whole stack so if you make a mistake, you can toss it aside and keep going!”
Below is a gallery containing some lovely images of the man and his family. More photos will be added in future, time permitting.