One of the goals I'd set this year was to draw more in public and to become more comfortable doing it. This was important for some projects I'm working on---but also, and chiefly, for my sense of myself as an artist always at the ready. A large component of this plan was drawing people, but this was not the only focus. Meals, buildings, landscape elements were all part of the public drawing project. For now, though, I'll concentrate on the drawings OF the public.
When blue rolled around, in late summer, I was getting more specificity in face and figure.
This was done in my purple phase. By then, I'd dropped the idea that I had to draw people in the color I was working on!
By the trip to France in October, I was completely comfortable drawing in public.
And even when I couldn't use color, I loved the careful looking, the losing myself in the act of putting lines on paper, the creation of a small thing that connected me to that moment, that place, those strangers.
I have MUCH more to do on this front in 2006. I want to concentrate more on figures in context, on the composition of these sketches, too.
Tomorrow: public drawing, part 2