Goodnight, Sleep Tight by Alice McMahon

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Graphite on Crescent illustration board, Image size 10 × 14″ My daughter after a swim, age 3. She’s now an art student, age 19. She still owns this blanket, though it’s a bit tattered. Drawn in 2001 from a 1994 photo. One of the first things I drew after a 10 year hiatus to raise my kids.


graphite, sleeping, girl, child

I specialize in figurative charcoal drawing. My work was recently shown and sold at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Current works delve into the realm of symbolism and magic realism.
All of my drawings are meant to be noble representations of individual subjects, and also bring together a wealth of influences, recognition of art history and myth and a contemporary attitude to create images that are of the moment, but hopefully will also remain relevant in the future.

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  • Margaret Harris
    Margaret Harrisover 5 years ago

    Lovely image!

  • mimi yoon
    mimi yoonover 5 years ago

    so precious and beautiful drawing, alice…. she is a princess….

  • Thanks mimi, I finally converted the image from bitmap to jpeg. I took the photos when I was first learning digital. LOL.

    – Alice McMahon

  • Linda Bennett
    Linda Bennettover 5 years ago

    Beautiful work Alice!! Great details and she looks so peaceful!! Well done!!

  • Thank you Linda – this piece got me into my first juried show way back when. :)

    – Alice McMahon

  • Lora Garcelon
    Lora Garcelonover 5 years ago

    This is so beautiful!

  • SHRyan
    SHRyanover 5 years ago


  • Linda Bennett
    Linda Bennettover 5 years ago

    Congratulations Alice….I’m sure you did well!! My first one was last year. I entered and did a special piece called “Fruits of Passion” for my first competition. Always exciting especially the first one isn’t it?

  • linskudd
    linskuddover 5 years ago

    Beautiful work.

  • zouzou
    zouzouover 5 years ago


  • David A. Everitt (aka silverstrummer)
    David A. Everi...over 5 years ago

    Hi Alice – Such precious moments when your child is an angel sleeping! Beautiful illustration ………… its made me broody I can remember my daughter asleep like that she is nearly 40 but I have a photograph of my granddaughter and grandson both fast asleep in a house where there was much happiness but now sold ………… beautiful its a fav from Dave!

  • Glad you like it silverstrummer. I remember kneeling at her crib when she was an infant, and doing a quick (though failed) sketch. She has always been one of those people who sleeps beautiful – mouth closed, smooth brow, hands tucked under her chin, no drooling or snoring. You’re right ss, like an angel. I hated to take the photo of her sleeping for fear of waking her, but she was bathed in the glow of filtered afternoon sunshine and I just couldn’t resist. She never stirred. There was also a tumble of stuffed critters behind her that I eliminated from the drawing, and one nipple peeking out. But she objected to my original inclusion of it – she was 11 at the time, you know the age. So I respected her wishes and redrew the satin blanket edge higher for modesty. :) Thanks for the fave!

    – Alice McMahon

  • Rhenastarr
    Rhenastarrover 5 years ago

    Beautiful innocence captured by a talented hand. Just lovely.

  • Thank you Rhena! xx

    – Alice McMahon

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