A while back I went to see a Norman Rockwell exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum.
As I was expecting, there was a bit of a line, so I sketched the crowd while I was waiting. It kept me entertained. The guy standing behind me kept peeking over my shoulder to see what I was drawing.
Once I made it into the exhibition, I made a quick sweep around the room to check out the art work.
What I did see of Norman Rockwell's work was inspiring. From what I can tell, he worked very quickly. But then you would have to if you are going to be as prolific as he was. It looked as though he started by covering the whole canvas in a background color and then filled in the painting with large blocks of solid colors adding a few touches here and there but generally keeping it pretty simple. He then put a lot of attention into the main section of the painting. There is no doubting where the focal point should be. Every line is drawing the eye to the most important part of the painting. Looking at Norman Rockwell's paintings in person felt like I was having a conversation with the man himself. I wish there had been fewer people at the museum so could have looked at the work more closely.
But seeing as the room was so packed full of people, I didn't really have the space to fully examine the art work very much so I sat down to draw...
I got in trouble for using a pen.
One of the museum workers gave me a dirty look
and handed me a tiny pencil to draw with.
I was unintentionally attracting attention. People kept asking me if I worked at the museum. I didn't think my drawing here would be considered such a novelty. Apparently, not very many people sketch at this museum. In the museums I visited in London, there were lots of people with sketchbooks.
I found it interesting how people flocked together in little groups
slowly migrating around in groups listening to audio tour guides.
I've been trying to work on observational drawing of people. I tried sketching at the mall but people are in too much of a hurry and I literally have to chase some people to finish a sketch. But people walk slower at the museum, making them easier to draw...and follow around. I will have to sketch in the museum more often.
Every ten years or so, my family decides to buy horses.
It always starts out the same, everyone (except myself) is outside riding horses for the first couple months. Then inevitably when the novelty wears off, life gets busy, and the horses are left in the field to become fat and wild. And within a year or two, we sell the horses.
Personally, I'm not very fond of horses. They smell, I am afraid of them (they are so big and heavy, if they decided to kill me, I wouldn't be able to do anything about it), and I am also (conveniently) allergic to them. I don't have much to do with them. But they do present a drawing challenge, so I went outside to sketch the horses (of course, keeping a safe distance away, with a hot wire fence between me and them)...
I am still trying to catch up on all the old work I have yet to post.
Here is my sketches from an afternoon of following people around at the mall food court (my family says this is called "stalking"...I call it observational drawing) :
A stranger offered to take a woman's tray to the trash can, while she stayed to take care of her baby. You can see how they are bundled up in coats and scarfs...I did this sketch last winter...clearly I need to update my blog more often.
A little girl eating pizza.
This is of a woman searching through her bags for something.
This is my favorite sketch from the day. I saw this elderly man eating lunch by himself.
He seemed sad or lonely.
Someone carrying two drinks.
My brother's grandmother walked by.
It was interesting to see all these little glimpses into people's lives.