When painting dancers or musicians during a performance there is no time to contemplate what I’m drawing, what colors I’m using or even why I think I can express the energy of the moment in less than a minute with a pen and a brush. I paint whatever grabs my attention and provides me with a starting point.
The Saucon Valley High School Jazz Ensemble won second place in the High School Jazz Band competition at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA. As a reward, they opened for Kevin Eubanks last Friday evening. I was given a table to paint on at the back of the room giving me front, slightly distant view of the stage. What I saw was a mass of musicians dressed in black sitting on black chairs behind black music stands. The only shapes that stood out were the brass instruments as the stage lights struck them and ……. the bright red neckties worn by each of the band members.
A little bit of color can go a long way to save the day.
Drawings: drawn first with dip pen followed by watercolor