Sketching the Virginia Symphony

Painting the Virginia SymphonyThis is an 11×14 canvas sketch of the Virginia Symphony. I have seen so many versions of classical musicians (including some of my own) that in the attempt to delineate the setting, the artist has frozen the musicians in time. Like taking a photo of a runner at a high ISO so that the movement is stopped. Accuracy is there, but the feeling of the event is not.

When I feel I am successful, it is usually because I haveĀ  suggested the players in the painting without losing the feeling of the music they are playing. One of the most appreciated comments made to me was that the person felt that he could hear the music.

Now that makes an artist feel good!

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