Summer Concerts (cont.)


pencil, fountain pen, w/c  in Stillman and Birn sketchbook, 6 X 8″

The best part of these free summer concerts (this one in Healdsburg plaza) is not the music, although that’s fun, nor the food, although there’s plenty of tasty items.  It’s the people watching, like this gentleman, who was such a good spectator that I got the whole sketch done on the spot (unknown to him I might add)


Soul Fuse was a great R n B dance band, so after the sketch and a Gyro sandwich and glass of wine, we got up and boogied with the crowd of all ages and apparent life styles.


The band’s photographer with her duo-toned hair was a marvelous subject as she waited for the the right shot.

I must say, I have no idea how this triptych happened- something in the wordpress software which I need to learn how to do – but it tells the story better than individual pics.


fountain pen with water soluble ink and watercolor

Another night I attended this Sufi Qawwali concert, which was in fact so ecstatic that I was unable to simply sit.  So I stood against the wall most of the evening, moving to the beat and managing to do a couple sketches in the dark.


The hands. . .they seemed to hold such intense rapture in them that they would fly into the air as the singers released torrents of devotional song. Tablas conversing back and forth with voices and harmoniums in some universal music language that made the spine tingle. Whew!  I came home and painted the background red, like the beating heart of this music.


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