Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Sketching in public

The sketchbook postings below were started in the stadium waiting for Madonna to take the stage. While waiting, I attempted to sketch the stage, and the polarized scoreboard icons of Madonna. The young lady seated next to me, asked me if I was writing a book when she saw my moleskine. I told her no, just trying to sketch what I was seeing. Thank goodness she was not more curious to see just exactly what I had done so far.
I never considered myself a big Madonna fan, but I have to tell you, when she finally arrived (2 hrs late) she performed non-stop. No intermission, no real costume changes, she was on the stage for the whole 2 hours, and was either dancing, jumping, jumping rope, alone and double dutch, working out like a boxer, playing electric guitar, all the while singing live. No lip synch, this was the real thing. Her body is incredibly toned and shaped. Her arms, legs and hands are sinewy. There is not one ounce of fat on her (I could hate her for that alone)! This woman is 50, and performs like a teenager as far as energy. She amazed me. I wasn't all that familiar with some of her songs, but she managed to work in some of her old hits, and the whole show was thoroughly entertaining. I may just have to download the new album "Hard Candy".

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

hi there. found your blog post while clicking "next blog" in the blogger heading... never know what gems doing that will bring up-- and as i'm a huge madonna fan, seeing your awesome sketches brought a smile to my face and brought back awesome memories of seeing the show myself!

thanks!

goooooood girl said...

i like your blog......

Rachel H said...

You're so good taking your sketch book with you everywhere like that, I wish I had your dedication! I love seeing little snippets of people's lives like that - the rug on the Dr's floor and what you saw waiting for Madonna. Great work - keep it up!

pavinee said...

I never thought of sketching anything in concerts.
I mean it must be very loud and crowded. However, you make me think that it would be very interesting to capture what we thought impossible in our book. Good job!

Lisa Reed said...

What a fun post of the Madonna concert.I saw her a coupld of years ago and was blown away! Isn't it fun to sketch during performances? I do it while not looking at the paper at all. It's all a surprise when the lights come on!

Carol said...

I really like your Blog and your artwork very much. I admire anyone who can sit in public and draw. Well done!

Nina Johansson said...

I like your drawings a lot. You are brave to bring your sketchbook along in public like that. I´ve done it a few times, and drawing really is a contact sport. I´ve had some pretty interesting conversations while drawing.

Trish said...

ok-I just realized why you said you felt like you were talking to yourself in your email to me!! I was getting ready to email you again and ask if you had a blog-I don't know what i was thinking? I just saw the trish at the bottom and didn't even pay attention-like that was some blog of mine I forgot I had or something-LOL, yes, I think I should go to bed now!! I'm going to add your blog to my links so I can come back and check it out when i am AWAKE!! it looks like a good one:)
take care and I will chat with you soon, I hope-
Trish