Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday Sketchbook: London


From my last trip to London, Monday, October 6th, 7:30 pm:
"On the #24 bus again, this time from Charring Cross Road to Victoria. My family calls my propensity for staring at strangers 'creeping", and I know I do stare. But I wonder about them-who are they, where are they going, what's their life like?"

8 comments:

Olha Pryymak said...

oh it's so much fun drawing people on public trasport. Love the combo of notes and colors here

Susan Abbott said...

Thanks for your comment, Olha. I love that too--stealth drawing techniques are required, haven't you found? The painter Avidor Arikha commuted to a studio in Manhattan for a time , and made a wonderful series of subway drawings (some are reproduced in monographs on his work.)

Roxanne Steed said...

I was thinking like Olha - people watching (and sketching) is the best part about riding the metro, the bus, any public transport! ;-)) and I LOVE seeing other artists sketchbooks....it's like another way of sharing a 'conversation'!
cheers, Roxanne

Clair said...

No doubt you've read Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Brown" -- starts with a woman, a stranger, in a railway carriage and goes on--way on-- from there.

Susan Abbott said...

No, Clair, I haven't read that, but I'll put it on my winter sit-by-fire list. The novel form is so different from visual art, which is so akin to poetry. (Many painters write poems, don't know of many who attempted a novel.) Must be that both painting and poetry are about the accumulation of observed details into a clear and ambiguous image. Moments that stay in the moment.

Olha Pryymak said...

check out Urban Sketchers http://www.urbansketchers.com/ - lots of commuters drawing here. Avidor Arikha's stuff looks wonderful, thanks.

Susan Abbott said...

Thanks, Olha, I'll check that site out. I guess we're another tiny niche group within the wider art world!

adebanji said...

Great sketches!