Sketching at the Symphony

“My soul is a hidden orchestra; I know not what instruments, what fiddlestrings and harps, drums and tamboura I sound and clash inside myself. All I hear is the symphony.”
Fernando Pessoa


5x8" sketch in the symphony program brochure

Sketched the orchestra as they were tuning their instruments before classical concerts in January and March. I guarantee that I was the only one in the entire audience drawing! But that's OK. Once you get used to drawing in public you don't really think about it any more because you are so intent on getting the lines in your journal! We were pretty far away, and the people were moving, of course. So I focused on capturing the "idea" of the forms rather than the "correct" lines. Tried to portray movement with the lines. If you squint, you can see the musicians and their instruments.