Monday, January 12, 2009

Music in Unlikely Places

Sketching this musician from an old black and white 33 1/2 rpm record cover was  my yesterday's art exercise.  I am trying to get a likeness of objects in my sketching with minimal erasing and measuring. The goal is to get comfortable sketching in public - right now I prefer to draw in the privacy of my home.  I read about an exercise to just sketch only the shadows and decided to simplify the process and and start by using a black and white photograph - besides it was around 10PM  by the time I even got around to my sketch book last night.  

Speaking of musicians,  I heard on NPR about a research that shows the female mosquito's tone is a surprisingly perfect 400-Hz note -'G'.  The male's buzz is 'D' and together they bring about near perfect duet to create an overtone -a third fainter overtone of 1200-Hz - only then will they mate. Check out the link to read and hear the mosquito love song.  Poquoson, where we live, whose name means 'the great marsh' is also home for lots of mosquitos in summer. From now on, I will remember to listen mindfully to the perfect 'G' before brushing those pesky insects away. 



4 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is a beautiful sketch and started at 10pm? Talent and skill coming together.

meera said...

Thank you for visiting and taking the time leave a comment! yes- I am trying to stick to my resolution of sketching something everyday. I stayed up late trying to finish it:(

nikhilkardale said...

Beautiful sketch. And some great information about the natural musical abilities of mosquitoes too!

meera said...

Thanks Nikhil!--It is interesting isn't it?

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