Friday, 19 December 2008


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).


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)