Friday, 19 December 2008

Fantabulosa!

Yesterday, after meditation at the Glasgow Buddhist Centre, we took a walk along to the Theatre Royal to see if if we could get a couple of seats for the afternoon matinee performance of Scottish ballet's SleepingBeauty. As is our normal tactic we turn up half-an-hour before the show starts to see a) if there are any seats, and b) if we ask for the cheapest in the hall will they up-grade us to the Dress Circle :o) It's worked many times before, but sadly not yesterday. However...out comes our Auld Git's cards and we get a big discount to fairly decent seats to the front of the Upper Circle. Just as well I'm long sighted though 'cause it's still a fair distance from the action. That doesn't spoil our enjoyment tho' bacause Tchaikovsky's music is just sublime and the whirling movement of the dancers mesmerising!

Under the dim light of a Fire Exit I get out my small sketchpad, and flowing with the music, jot down some images using my photoshutter method - stare, and stare, and then quickly close your eyes and see what image you can remember:



Pencil on paper, A6: Sleeping Beauty #1.


Pencil on paper, A6; Sleeping Beauty #2.



Pencil on paper, A6; Sleeping Beauty #3.


Pencil on paper, A6; Sleeping Beauty #4.
There were a few more sketches started but didn't progress beyond the gesture of an arm, the turn of a foot, the flying through the air of a beautiful princess missed by her supporting male dancer and lying in a heap on the floor (very undignified) but that would be naughty to show those momentary lapses :o)
So I won't!
Still, the music and the spectacle dance through my head...da da da da da dee dee dee dum de da dee dum (the Rose Waltz).

5 comments:

Andrea Kobayashi 小林アンドレア said...

Sounds like it was a boon day!
great sketches, lovely.

Edgar said...

mmmm... a quiet meditation and Tchaikovsky in one day? That's like truffles and cappucino. Happy holidays, David, and New Year wishes too.

daviddrawsandpaints said...

Ambidextrous I am, Edgar :o)

A very Merry Christmas to you and Melinda too, and let's hope it will be a positive and productive New Year for us all!

And also to you, Andrea, Isao and little Taiga too!
A "boon" day sounds more Oz than Yorii Machi!

trish said...

I love your sketches-I just now found your blog so i have much more to look at:)

daviddrawsandpaints said...

Hi Trish, pleased to meet you and thanks for visiting. Have a rummage round and if you have any questions please feel free to ask :o)