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There is no conversation more boring
than the one where everybody agrees.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you don’t practice you don’t deserve to win.
On Friday URBAN SKETCHERS CHARLOTTE had the opportunity to attend a morning rehearsal and an evening concert at the Knight Theater.
PRACTICE: If you want to be creative.
If you want to be good? PRACTICE.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Drawing opera is the same as drawing basketball players: the challenge rests with the attempt to capture constant movement.
Scarpia is a dark, dark dude.
Sometimes a gal gets into a whole heap of trouble for love…
Why do bad guys get good apartments?
The poor artist takes a beating but at least his compatriots were in the audience still going strong!
Drawing is the discipline by which
I constantly rediscover the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
…while listening to the CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA practice today at Knight Theater!
It was a wonderful treat to sketch backstage and get a glimpse of the orchestra from a new vantage point.
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.
Drawing faster than I can think, hearing such incredible music…it becomes a state of meditation.
More images to come later…