Monday, October 13, 2014

Play By Play

Forgive me for playing catchup here. I draw quickly and my drawings accumulate. I vacillate between posting everything as in a diary (for my own benefit mostly) or blogging a curated selection with my philosophical musings on the meaning of Life and Art. I guess this post represents both approaches.

SUNDAY: I made four drawings yesterday: three in the morning and one later in the late afternoon.

A kingfisher perching above the river (for Paula C.)
ink, charcoal, oil stick
Sunday morning 10-12-14

The morning sun shining through the trees on the island
ink, charcoal, oil stick
Sunday morning 10-12-14
Blue trees, the dam and river in the distance
blue oil pastel, conté
Sunday morning 10-12-14
SUNDAY AFTERNOON: I'd been doing chores all afternoon but I promised myself I would get a coffee and relax by the river at the end of the day. I would sketch and play my mbira. The coffee shop closed at 4:00; I was there at 3:55. I'm almost never at the river at this time of day. Afternoon light is completely different than early morning.  A whole new set of delightful problems present themselves to the landscape painter. And since the trees are changing into their Autumn finery, many visitors stop and take photos of the landscape and each other. It was a beautiful time of day to be there.

Afternoon light shining on the bridge
charcoal
Sunday afternoon 10-12-14
MONDAY: Finally, I was at the river again this morning. Today is Columbus Day, a holiday in Massachusetts. The commuting traffic was light so I did my first drawing from atop the bridge (a few cars and trucks zoomed by inches away behind me).

A tree branch, the dam and the park by the river (very little water)
charcoal, oil stick, paint
Monday morning 10-13-14
Time for one last drawing: Great Blue Heron
conté chalk
Monday morning 10-13-14

4 comments:

Klaus von Mirbach said...

One thing more we have in common: playing mbira. In germany it is called Kalimba. And you really play it outside? I only play it sitting on the stairs at home and I pay attention that nowbody is there. I play it very long, maybe half an hour, and forget time. Best wishes.

Rob Dunlavey said...

Klaus, I have to talk to you about mbira playing. Do you know Chartwell Dutiro? He just recorded a double cd with a German band.

Klaus von Mirbach said...

Rob, I didnt knew him, he is great, wonderful, lift me up, I saw some videos on YouTube. The instruments he plays are different from my kalimba. It seems there is a difference between Kalinba and mbira. Thank you, all the best.

Rob Dunlavey said...

They are very different instruments. I own several mbiras in various unique Zimbabwean tunings. I have a small kalimba-like "gourd piano" that has atypical; Western tuning. I'd like to hear your kalimba. I hope it sounds as good as your electric guitar and pinwheel!

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