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CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: URBAN SKETCHING

October 24, 2014
THE ORCHESTRA. copyright 2014 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

THE ORCHESTRA. copyright 2014 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

CSO: BACHTOBERFEST PRACTICE. copyright 2014 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

CSO: BACHTOBERFEST PRACTICE. copyright 2014 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART: CONVERSATIONS IN SPACE

May 12, 2013

There is no conversation more boring
than the one where everybody agrees.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE

MORNING FIREBIRD. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. STILLMAN AND BIRN EPSILON JOURNAL with CARAN D'ACHE SUPRACOLOR PENCILS & Blue India Ink

MORNING FIREBIRD. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. STILLMAN AND BIRN EPSILON JOURNAL with CARAN D’ACHE SUPRACOLOR PENCILS & Blue India Ink.

Niki de Saint Phalle’s sculpture FIREBIRD sits in front of the BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART. It is an excellent landmark. If you need to meet someone Uptown, convening under the FIREBIRD is a good way to get started on your journey. It is impossible to miss this visual event in the urban landscape. Light is bounced off the many mirrors embedded in the mosaic like laser beams.

The FIREBIRD engages in a kind of street conversation that may move beyond the question of whether one likes or dislikes the piece. Through drawing and observing people I began to see it differently.

In the morning, a photographer uses the sculpture in a series of staged shots using two models. The shadow of morning is still present. I sit on the ground to get a different perspective and draw from a dog’s eye view. Drawing can sometimes change your opinion about things. It is slow and silent and relies on parts of the brain that transcend logic.

LARGE FIREBIRD. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. STILLMAN & BIRN EPSILON JOURNAL, CARAN D'ACHE SUPRACOLOR PENCILS, & BLUE INDIA INK.

LARGE FIREBIRD. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. STILLMAN & BIRN EPSILON JOURNAL, CARAN D’ACHE SUPRACOLOR PENCILS, & BLUE INDIA INK.

Later in the day, I take a seat in the lobby and begin to capture the FIREBIRD as the sun hits the surface. People come and go as I draw. Children touch the mirrors and examine themselves. Mothers deliver the speedy and time-honored “snappy-slap-smack” when fingers try to pry off part of the mosaic as a prize.

Everyone likes to stand in the arch of the FIREBIRD’s legs: tourists, natives, children, teenagers, and adults. Men often do not just stand balanced in the curve, but touch both sides of its legs as if bracing for the shot. I watched with interest: this is a ‘guy’ thing.

BECHTLER GALLERY.  ©2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. STILLMAn & BIRN EPSILON JOURNAL, CARAN D'ACHE SUPRACOLOR PENCILS, & Gouache.

BECHTLER GALLERY. ©2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. STILLMAN & BIRN EPSILON JOURNAL, CARAN D’ACHE SUPRACOLOR PENCILS, & GOUACHE.

Two young people walk the gallery with a helpful man who explains the finer points of the exhibit. It is a sparking conversation seen from a distance: mutual interaction and long moments spent looking at each piece.

FEMME SAUTERELLE. © 2013 ELLEN WARD.ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. STILLMAN AND BIRN EPSILON JOURNAL, CARAN D'ACHE SUPRACOLOR PENCILS,  BLUE & BLACK INDIA INK.

FEMME SAUTERELLE. © 2013 ELLEN WARD.ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. STILLMAN AND BIRN EPSILON JOURNAL, CARAN D’ACHE SUPRACOLOR PENCILS, BLUE & BLACK INDIA INK.

The FEMME SAUTERELLE statue sits on an open-air balcony overlooking TRYON STREET. As I draw her, it begins to appear as if she is trying to get back into the gallery, hands posed and ready to spring forward. By the time the sketch is complete I feel I know her through some magic of identification.

URBAN SKETCHING CHANGES YOUR POINT OF VIEW.

 

 

 

 

 

CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA : AMERICAN MUSIC MASTERS AND PIONEERS

April 21, 2013
CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: REHEARSAL.© 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. INDIA INK.

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If you don’t practice you don’t deserve to win.

ANDRE AGASSI

On Friday URBAN SKETCHERS CHARLOTTE had the opportunity to attend a morning rehearsal and an evening concert at the Knight Theater.

CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: AMERICAN IN PARIS. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. INDIA INK

CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: AMERICAN IN PARIS. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. INDIA INK.

 

PRACTICE: If you want to be creative.
If you want to be good? PRACTICE
.

CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: WOODWINDS  & STRINGS. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. INDIA INK.

CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: WOODWINDS & STRINGS. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. INDIA INK.

 

 

CSO ON CAMPUS EVENT: URBAN SKETCHERS DO IT LIVE!

November 7, 2012

IN CONCERT. © 2012 Ellen Ward. All Rights Reserved. Do not reproduce, reblog or pin. Pitt artist pens.

Urban Sketchers Charlotte had the chance to partner with Central Piedmont Community College and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra at a multimedia arts event in the Halton Theater on 10.25.12. While the orchestra played, Urban Sketchers were filmed live and the images were projected above the orchestra at enormous proportions. The audience got to see a sketch develop we drew the experience.

RAISE THE ROOF. © 2012 Ellen Ward. All Rights reserved. Do not reproduce, reblog or pin. Pitt artist pens.

ARTS IN PRACTICE is an effort by Charlotte Urban Sketchers to join in community with other creatives in the Queen City. We practice our art by documenting other artists practicing their art forms!

URBAN SKETCHERS CHARLOTTE: SKETCHING TOSCA AT OPERA CAROLINA!

October 12, 2012

ARTS IN PRACTICE is an effort by urban sketchers to document other artists practicing their craft in the Charlotte area. We saw TOSCA last night and had the pleasure of documenting the OPERA CAROLINA production. Much thanks to ASHLEY LAM for this wonderful experience!

OPERA CAROLINA TOSCA: THE CONDUCTOR | CHARLOTTE NC. © 2012 Ellen Ward. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce, reblog, or pin. Pitt artist pens and Pitt oil base marker

A little technical difficulty during rehearsal gave the conductor a chance to prepare us for the production. He shared the idea of ” forced perspective”, a stage design technique which creates an illusion of very deep space on a flat surface. When the set was revealed, we could see that this approach gave the impression of an entire cathedral on the stage!

OPERA CAROLINA TOSCA: THE LOVERS | CHARLOTTE NC. © 2012 Ellen Ward. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce, reblog, or pin. Pitt artist pens and Pitt oil base marker

Drawing opera is the same as drawing basketball players: the challenge rests with the attempt to capture  constant movement.

OPERA CAROLINA TOSCA: SCARPIA’S DARK PLAN | CHARLOTTE NC. © 2012 Ellen Ward. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce, reblog, or pin. Pitt artist pens and Pitt oil base marker

Scarpia is a dark, dark dude.

OPERA CAROLINA TOSCA: SCARPIA’S BARGAIN | CHARLOTTE NC. © 2012 Ellen Ward. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce, reblog, or pin. Pitt artist pens and Pitt oil base marker

Sometimes a gal gets into a whole heap of trouble for love…

OPERA CAROLINA TOSCA: SCARPIA’S APARTMENT | CHARLOTTE NC. © 2012 Ellen Ward. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce, reblog, or pin. Pitt artist pens and Pitt oil base marker

Why do bad guys get good apartments?

OPERA CAROLINA TOSCA: LETTER TO TOSCA | CHARLOTTE NC. © 2012 Ellen Ward. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not reproduce, reblog, or pin. Pitt artist pens and Pitt oil base marker

The poor artist takes a beating but at least his compatriots were in the audience still going strong!

 

 

 

 

TURKEY LEGS AND POINTY EARS: CAROLINA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

October 7, 2012

TORTUGA TWINS SHOW: CAROLINA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL. © 2012 Ellen Ward. All Rights Reserved. Do Not Reproduce. reblog, or pin. Pitt artist pens.

Drawing is the discipline by which
I constantly rediscover the world.

Frederick Franck

Want to manhandle a turkey leg without a side dish of Thanksgiving family drama ? Go to the CAROLINA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL. You can also get serious with sausage on a stick or a bread bowl as big as your head.

CAPTURING THE MOMENT

October 6, 2012

Carolina Renaissance Festival: Cu Dubh Ancient Pipers & Percussion. © 2012 Ellen Ward. All Rights Reserved. Do not reproduce, reblog or pin. Pitt artist pens

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
William Faulkner

Carolina Renaissance Festival: London Broil Jugglers and Comedy © 2012 Ellen Ward. All Rights Reserved. Do not reproduce, reblog or pin. Pitt artist pens

FINDING THE STRINGS…

September 29, 2012

Capturing The Moment | CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, KNIGHT THEATER: CHARLOTTE, NC
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Gesture drawing is the basis of all these sketches. If your gesture is TRUE and your proportion is RELATIVE, most drawings will have a sense of reality within their universe of the page.

Playing Rachmaninoff | CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, KNIGHT THEATER: CHARLOTTE, NC
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Listening to the Soloist | CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, KNIGHT THEATER: CHARLOTTE, NC
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Waiting for the Introduction | CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, KNIGHT THEATER: CHARLOTTE, NC
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THE VISIBLE UNCONSCIOUS

September 29, 2012

TUNING UP | CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, KNIGHT THEATER: CHARLOTTE, NC
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Drawing is an experience. It is an experience of the world that has a level of intense focus. By drawing quickly and avoiding erasure, I try to “ lose myself” in the moment completely.

Waiting for her part | CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, KNIGHT THEATER: CHARLOTTE, NC
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Sometimes after a sketch it is surprising to find certain details in the drawing that have escaped conscious memory. I think this sits on a   theory TV detectives follow when witnesses are hypnotized to remember details from a moment in the past. We know things we do not know we know…

CONDUCTOR 1 | CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, KNIGHT THEATER: CHARLOTTE, NC
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This is always a great surprise unless it is a self-portrait and the smack of father time is a bit too obvious! If you are over 30, place a mirror in your lap and look down at your reflection. It is a tried and true method to reveal the jowls of a basset hound.

Pianist warming up | CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, KNIGHT THEATER: CHARLOTTE, NC
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The complete focus and intensity of all the musicians is evident through body language and position. Even at rest, each one appears activated and deeply engaged.

SKETCHING IN THE DARK…

September 29, 2012

…while listening to the CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA practice today at Knight Theater!

SEATED VIOLINIST | CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, KNIGHT THEATER : CHARLOTTE, NC
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It was a wonderful treat to sketch backstage and get a glimpse of the orchestra from a new vantage point.

CONDUCTOR IN ACTION | CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, KNIGHT THEATER : CHARLOTTE, NC
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Everyone is moving constantly, so the key to sketching in this situation? Tools which do not allow for persnickety detail. Pitt oil base crayons provide dense black marks and Pitt artist pens in varying shades of gray provide tone.

ORCHESTRA PANORAMIC | CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, KNIGHT THEATER : CHARLOTTE, NC
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Drawing faster than I can think, hearing such incredible music…it becomes a state of meditation.

VIOLINIST AT REST | CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, KNIGHT THEATER : CHARLOTTE, NC
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