Left: one of the sketches I made during the Saturday portion of my stint at Art-A-Whirl. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
Friday, from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. I participated for the first time in Art-A-Whirl as a vendor. While it was a bust for me as far as sales went (other painters said sales were also slow; happily several folks did stop by to tell me they enjoyed the paintings), it was an opportunity to sketch a moving mass of people as diverse as you could wish for—young, old, hip, square, trendy, clueless, bored, engaged, wild, and almost asleep!
I don't know why I made the original decision to pull out my small, 4 x 4 inch Quattro gridded pad instead of my journal—I think the journal was in my friend's office and I didn't want to leave the "stall" area. It proved very convenient to hold this small book in my hand and sketch with a Staedtler Pigment Liner .1. I went through so many pages on Saturday that I actually had to glue them into my journal in a staggered formation, as shown in the image, so that they flip like book pages. I'll have more to say about this and my sketches on Roz Wound Up Monday, May 17, but I wanted to share my favorite sketch—the photographer next to us (who inexplicably disappeared about 30 minutes after I finished this sketch, never to be seen for the rest of the day).
Did you get out to Art-A-Whirl this weekend? There's still some time for you to go out and support local artists!