Maneuvers in the Dark

fay_wolf_hotel_cafe_14_4_2011_smallBefore getting up in the wee hours to prepare to jump onto a plane on Friday morning, I was out seeing some live music at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. I find that I need to go and get some of that from time to time, and the Hotel Cafe is a favourite of mine for that…

I had my notebook and a nice vantage point for grabbing a quick sketch or two of people at the piano. It was a nice challenge to do a couple of fast sketches – in almost darkness – to see if my hand and eyes were still “in”.

As usual (I’ve discussed this earlier here) my goal on fast sketches is not photo-realism (!) but a sean_douglas_hotel_cafe_14_4_2011_small_2capturing of the gesture… the sense of the action/post going on…

So here are singer songwriters Fay Wolf (she was on at 9:00pm) and Sean Douglas (10:00pm). (Ball point pen, 3×5 notebook, about 5-7 minutes each, not counting background scribbles at end to frame…)

Today, back to work on The Project, after an uncomfortably long break…


(All sketch images copyright Clifford V. Johnson…)

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8 Responses to Maneuvers in the Dark

  1. Fay says:

    Sense captured, friend. Wow. How lovely.

  2. Clifford says:

    Thanks Fay! And thanks for the great music!!


  3. Carol Johnson says:

    Brilliantly captured. cmj+

  4. Dijen Basu says:

    “Maneuvres” indeed. What’s wrong with “manouevres”? You are, I fear, turning into … I can’t say it … An American. I’m working on a cure. Dijen

  5. Clifford says:

    Yes, the spelling bothered me a lot, but went with it…

    Dijen! Geez, how the devil are you?

    Email me some time… we should catch up!


  6. Mary Cole says:

    Good luck with the ‘cure’ Dijen!

  7. Clifford says:

    What if the cure is worse than the disease?



  8. Dijen Basu says:

    Is this Mary the Mary formerly known as Mary Marrison/Morrison/Harrison?