Monday, August 8, 2011

Front to back

The studio where we draw above the Portuguese pool hall is pleasantly air-conditioned. Alan gave me a brand new eraser because I'd forgotten mine - Maureen gave me a lovely soft carbon pencil to try and during the break, Markus passed around strawberry, yogurt candies. They are an accomplished, dedicated group of drawers - there is atmosphere.
When I left to go to my car the, the intersection at James and Mulberry was blocked by an old world Portuguese religious procession, with a fantastic brass band and individuals carrying banners and incense shakers. It only lasted fifteen or twenty minutes but I was mesmerized by the music and their faces! 

front view chalk on manila 18"x24"

back view chalk on manila 18"x24"


  1. Both of your drawings have me mesmerized. They are full of music, having a choreographed stillness, a sense of joyful ritual, on the edge of dance.

    I love how adventuresome your outings can be.

    You are certainly blessed with a great group of artists, aren't you?!

    Wish I could stop in sometime with some charcoal.

    Looking forward to more of your wonderful lines.

  2. Hi Marcia,

    I want to drop in with Melinda. Now wouldn't that be a surprise -- but a delightful one. I love your description and your gorgeous drawings.
    Love Barbara

  3. Melinda your comments have had me dancing and humming ever since they landed!
    It would be a huge honor to have you join me here on James North and I guarantee you'd have a lot of fun and so would I!
    xo, Marcia

  4. Well Barbara, then you and Melinda must both drop in!!! I would be extremely delighted!
    love, Marcia

  5. Thank you Andressa for your lovely comment!