The city has crept into my art. Chance encounters and special connections with strangers have me captivated right now. People I'll never see again, yet somehow meeting them is significant.
The sketch above was done at my favorite cafe. The Art Gallery restaurant opens up to an umbrella covered roof top garden where they play jazz or classical music and the little birds come and steal leftovers before the plates are cleared.
As soon as I walked out onto the roof top, I felt Mr. Charisma. He owned the roof top, and nobody minded. He filled the space with a pleasant confidence. I was so excited by the energy coming from him, that my hand moved overly quick and pretty much scribbled his face. He's the blob at the back with the mop head and the black is his sunglasses.
This sketching people in public is new, I'm still nervous about it, and was trying to be discreet. There was also an interesting man with a cap and that looked like captain Highliner with a brown suede jacked and a woman with her hair piled high that seemed a little sad to be eating alone. Maybe a 'Miss Pettigrew' type?I drew the above scene in one minute then hid my book, but it wasn't enough. I had to capture more of Mr. Charisma. Between bites of quinoa salad I snuck in another sketch careful to not be seen.
Even though I was 15 feet away, and was being discreet, eventually he sensed it and turned his body towards me. He felt open, friendly and curious, pleased with himself, calm. He was inviting the interaction. And I panicked, overwhelmed with shyness and left. When he and his companion got up to leave shortly after, I hid in the gift shop.
I know, that's not the way it should end. I should have boldly interacted with the stranger. Eventually I want to, but I'm not ready yet. Vancouver isn't like a lot of big cities. People aren't as wary of you being crazy. They're more open to strangers. J and I went out to eat at the best Greek restaurant in town and I sketched more people there last night.
I messed up recently by taking my blog roll off when reorganizing. I thought I'd be able to put it back again, but all the links were lost so I'll be putting those back together in the next few weeks.