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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Ballet Sketches on the Move... Susan Carlin, note.

I was taken to the ballet today. Enid Wood, pastelist and also a member of the Austin Pastel Society, invited me to go with her to Studio Spotlight, at Ballet Austin. They have an hour with some of the upcoming ballet to whet your appetite and promote it. There were school children there on a tour and quite a few visitors. There was something of a mixup, they didn't know we were going to sketch, but they made arrangements and gave us the go ahead. The facility is fantastic.

They certainly don't have to worry about me stealing any ideas. It was difficult to sketch the movement even with small gesture sketches. One pose lasted about 5 seconds. Ha. It was beautiful to see the movements and the performers and have a friendly discussion to learn more about the ballet. They were performing Bach from the Valentine Show.

The dancers waiting to get started and warming up. The lady with the music in the center has lost her chair, she was not dancing! I didn't notice that I left out the chair until now.

The bald headed gentleman is not Gene. He is the artistic director and as he spoke he moved constantly as well. :)

I actually did one more page, but it was the first and a warm up, right? You don't want to see it.

At any rate it was a very nice day. We went to eat at Z Tejas after the ballet. Very nice and a gluten free menu for us.

This evening I watched Susan Carlin paint for a while. She paints on UStream on Wednesday evenings and other times, too. When she is not painting live and in person, you can watch her many taped videos. Nice to watch and visit with her. It was special today as she had a painting accepted into the Salon International at the Greenhouse Gallery. Congratulations to you, Susan!


Joan said...

I love the idea of sketching at the ballet. My sister and I were laughing that with a dancer in our family you would think we would have sketches of her dancing or posing...not yet!

Jo Castillo said...

Joan, you better get the pictures! I forgot to ask if we could have taken photos. They did have some taking them, no flash. But I think you need extra permission like to sketch. There really wasn't time to do both. Sigh....

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