Monday, October 25, 2010

Art Surprises

Partial view of Bellagio, Las Vegas  3.5"x11"

Waiting for the spectacular water fountain show in front of Bellagio I sketched the wings of the massive hotel/casino building from across the body of water.  I have a small sketch book  (3.5x5.5" )which easily fits into my purse and is handy for fast little sketches, even though, as I recently discovered, it  is difficult to photograph. Still, I love it because I tend to pull the book out more often as I find myself getting a little bolder about sketching in public. Next step is to equip myself with a small watercolor field kit and try my hand at doing small studies -until then I will happily play with my camera :) The Bellagio also has a beautiful glass ceiling installation by the artist Dale Chihuly in their lobby and a chandelier in the casino area. I also saw an exhibit  there : 'Figuratively Speaking: A survey of the human form'  showcasing about 30 paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture by artists from 1800 to present day. I enjoyed  the unexpected opportunity to see the works of Picasso, Renoir, Degas, Hockney, Lichenstein, Chuck Close, and others. 

Closer to home, I have two color pencil pieces - Hot Shadows and Reflections in the 'Small Works : Miniatures by Hampton Roads Artists' at the Charles Taylor Arts Center/The Hampton Arts Commission, Hampton, VA.  The opening yesterday was fun and the show will run through Dec. 5.    

6 comments:

Prabha N. said...

Congratulations Meera! The sketch is nice. Who will say its Las Vegas and not Europe?

padmaja said...

Meera, lovely idea to sketch and also carry the water color kit.. I have been there, I stupidly struggled hard for the whole of the fountains to be covered in one shot!Sketching would have been more handy!

meera said...

@Prabha, LOL -- thats the beauty of Las Vegas I think -- surreal mix of real and make-believe :) Thank you. As I had mentioned, I was impressed with the art and architecture in the place.

meera said...

Thank you Padmaja. I find myself sketching mostly when we are taking breaks or when waiting around for the next event and its easier to balance a small sketch pad with pencil or pen, take pictures to jog my memory for later and put a wash on it later back home, if needed, :) Lately, I don't care to carry heavy or oversized bags so I am trying to find a happy medium.

Crystal Cook said...

Really lovely sketch Meera! I love small sketchbooks but you are right they are tricky to photograph! And congrats on your show! Sounds like fun. :)

meera said...

Thanks Crystal! I am going to try and scan the sketches and see if that makes a difference :)

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