Drawing and painting people in motion is nothing new for me. Drawing and painting people in motion while I am walking in the dark on an uneven sidewalk without my glasses, the fur from my hat blocking my vision, with only an ink brush, charcoal pencil, my Pocket Palette and a waterbrush, is a totally new experience.
After the parade there was a children’s performance of poi glow balls followed by a fantastic performance of Fire Dancing by Lux Arati of which my daughter, Nicole is a member. Though I wasn’t walking while drawing this time, I was still challenged by working with a charcoal pencil rather than my dip pen and watercolor. When I looked at the drawing results, I felt dismayed, miserably disappointed… until I stepped back from my emotions and remembered that I had tried something totally new. How could I expect quality results? What had my expectations been?
Early in the morning, when I packed by bag of supplies, I consciously decided to try working with an ink brush, charcoal pencil and my tiny Pocket Palette since I needed to limit myself to something I could blindly grab out of a small bag at my side as I walked in the parade. I didn’t want to chance having a good brush or fountain pen fall out of my pocket along the way. I felt it was a perfect opportunity to try something new.
What do I expect from a sketch? I expect it to trigger a sensory memory of an experience, a time and place, a moment of excitement. Is it important that I communicate that memory with anyone else? Not really. If it triggers the memory in me, I can develop that further (if I wish) in another drawing or painting that is meant to communicate the experience.
It is better to draw, to experiment, to capture a moment within the moment, than not to take instrument in hand and put it to paper. When I view these scribbles, I travel back in time to Krampuslauf. I hear the crowd, I see the lovely lanterns, I am delighted by the children’s performance, the exotic fire dancing and the cheerfulness of the people around me. These scribbles are a total success!