Saturday, March 15, 2014

Visit to ponce inlet


I visited the Nina and Pinta reproductions in Ponce Inlet with my grandchildren. It is not easy to get time to sketch when I'm out with other people. It is also Bike Week in Daytona, so there were many, many visitors. 




Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Drawing in the dark.......  


Went to the opera January 19.  The work was Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor.  I have always loved opera for the music, but frankly, many of the stories -particularly those of the 19th century- are on the sentimental side. And not in a good way.  But the music....! That is another story. So, I had my pocket size Moleskine and a trusty Sharpie and . . .sketched the characters in the dark as they sang.

Here is Lucia's brother having just discovered an intruder on his property.  This fellow is supposed to be a Scottish Laird....Hmmmmmm.   No kilt?  No Tam?  No plaid anywhere?

This is the lovely Lucia. The singer was wonderful, but old enough, I think, to be Lucia's mother. Well, that is opera. Her voice was superb and she brought off the crazy scene in act three with abandon. For that, she received a well-deserved standing O.  We opera lovers are shameless.
Finally, the family chaplain -this is in Scotland, remember- named Raimondo. This guy was a bass and a good one, although he had such a baby face it was fun trying to imagine him being the advisor to a wealthy Scots landowner.