Tombow pen and watercolor in Pentalic Nature Sketch journal 7 X 5″
These days sketching the figure in public almost always involves an electronic device. Good thing actually, because it renders the figure (the human being) into at least a temporarily frozen state. While waiting for my car to be serviced I discovered that this was true even for a very squirmy child.. . at least for a minute or two!
The woman next to me, of a different generation was frozen in position by the archaic form of entertainment, the printed page, making her an excellent subject for a slow pen drawing.
Pitt Artist pen and watercolor in Moleskin pocket sketchbook
Another day recently I was at a photography opening for the work of my husband and other photographers. I sat down with my glass of wine to wait for him. Four preteen boys blew in with their skateboards and iPhones and plopped down right opposite me. Of course I am somewhat invisible to people that age, so I brazenly whipped out my pen and book. I did eventually “get caught” by the youngest one, but he was friendly and appreciative and thoroughly charming.
I have been listening to the news of course and feel a little sheepish showing this sketch when my east coast friends are in the deep freeze! I am very empathetic and wish I could send a bit of sunshine your way.