The Occassional Comment
Church Of Saint Agnes Of Bohemia. Yesterday’s regular Saturday trip to the farmers’ market was kind of a bust. Instead of haunting one of the usual suspects (Holešovice, Náplaka, Jiřak, etc ...) we made way to the Saturday market at Spořilov, which is actually quite close to us. Alas, it was not there for some reason! Soooo ... although we didn’t get any food, I was able to get a quick sketch in of this wonderfully deceptively quirky building whose children’s block like components compose a “simple” structure of nested crucifixes. The street lamp “sentries” are fun, probably unintended, extra touch. I look forward to sketching this again when I have more time.
#urbansketchersprague #spořilov #inktober
Just got back from a morning of urban sketching ... BUT, I’m not posting anything from that now. Instead, I’m posting some sketches from an outing a bit over a month ago which I feel deserve their due. It’s been hard for me to get much urban sketching in my schedule lately. To make matters worse, when I am able to juggle time to urban sketch, I can’t seem to manage time to take and post simple snapshots of them. Surely there are some people out there whose time management skills are greater than mine. My god I hope so 😉.
I’ll post today’s sketches sometime later.
“Love(?) At The Rainbow’s End,” urban sketch. First sketch of the day on a spectacular outing with Urban Sketchers Prague. The adobe like labyrinth leading to the outdoor center of Rainbow’s End Cafe/Gallery (a real gem 💎) totally mesmerized me. The time I spent on this sketch (a bit more than an hour, which is borderline excessive for an urban sketch in my opinion) was almost solely devoted to that passage. Graphite is really good for working slowly at the kind of layered texture I was trying to convey in that tunnel. Nevertheless, the intensity with which that couple sat there was hard to ignore. I couldn’t quite figure out what the nature of their interaction was, but their focus on each other was. striking.⠀⠀#graphitesketch #graphitedrawing #urbansketch #urbansketchers #usk #urbansketchersprague #prague #outdoorcafe #couple #rainbowsendprague #cafe
Then around the corner ... “John Lennon Wall (and some people) ” pen and ink urban sketch.
This one was a rather quick sketch (less than 2 minutes) for two reasons. (1) It was broilingly hot out and we were smack under the sun, and (2) after having spent about an hour fussing over the previous sketch at The Rainbow’s End Cafe, my colleagues with me from Urban Sketchers Prague unanimously urged me to try working within strict time limits for a while. Advice well taken :-). Thanks 🙏
#johnlennon #johnlennonwall #urbansketch #urbansketchers #urbansketchersprague #penandinksketch
Here are some of the stages of my last work which was my first commission. It was quite an interesting experience and I learned so much that I hadn’t expected to in the weeklong process of painting and coordinating with my first patron. Maybe I’ll get around to writing about some of those things here later. Let me know in the comments section if you’re interested. Anyway, ultimately a different painting was chosen, one that had taken a fraction of the effort. Wish I had had the foresight to have caught that one in time :-).
For now, here’s the finished work and some of the intermediary stages of development. I'll post the work that was actually accepted once the album that it was commissioned to be the cover of nears release.
“A (small wooden) Cat Goes To Karlovy Vary”, charcoal quick sketch 29w x 42h cm.
Given a handful of charcoal and a 5 minute time limit the accuracy of all elements of controlled decision making process of all aspects of drawing become overwhelmed by the imperative to complete the work in the time allotted with little to no time available for editing. Though this is not my general approach to drawing/painting, it does provide a refreshing spontaneity and vitality that is elusive in more controlled approaches. Fwiw: The porcelain container (here a fish) is an accouterment that any visitor to Karlovy Vary will recognize as an obligatory vessel to collect water from the countless geothermal springs that adorn the city. Each spring has its own natural temperature (some very hot) and mineral content -thus taste and mouthfeel. The elongated porcelain “straws” allow a certain amount of cooling before the water hits one’s mouth. Traipsing through Karlovy Vary with a porcelain sipping cup in hand is a truly unique delight, even for little wooden cats 🐱. Don’t know what the cat’s doing there. I drew this safely back at home in Prague. The wooden cat has never been to Karlovy Vary.