Saturday, February 6, 2016

Opera Rehersal

On January 15 I had a unique opportunity to draw the rehearsal of a new opera in the making,  La Reina, at the American Lyric Theater, as part of the theater's fund raiser (thanks to a dear friend, artist Alex Charner, who passed this along to me, Lyndsay Werking of the American Lyric Theater, and a generous donation by another dear friend and artist Susan Buroker.)

The opera is due in 2017/18. It was amazing to witness this early stage of the orchestral read, where singers, musicians and the opera's composer sat in one big room, going over the 2 acts with intermittent directions from the conductor. It sounded incredible, I can only imagine what the final production is going to be like! Here are some of the drawings and watercolors.











Sunday, January 24, 2016

Frank Stella at the Whitney

Some memories from the incredible Frank Stella show at the Whitney. It's on view for only 2 more weeks...My friend and artist Audrey Hawkins, with whom we drew side by side that evening, aptly described Stella and his work as "relentless". 





Saturday, January 23, 2016

Vintage Train Ride with Svetlana and The Delancey Five

MTA's New York City Vintage Train Ride is a fun annual event, during which several jazz bands and dozens of dressed-up, dancing fans of the jazz-age swing take over the 2nd Avenue F train platform, and then ride the vintage train to Queens and back (much to the delight of the unsuspecting commuters.)  I was out with Veronica Lawlor to draw the performance of the awesome Svetlana and The Delancey Five, who just released her debut album "Night at the Speakeasy".  If you love swinging 1920s-40s jazz, then check out this band's upcoming shows!



 





Friday, December 4, 2015

In Thanksgiving Spirit


This summer, Dalvero Academy went on a drawing trip to the Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, MA. There, one can visit the Pilgrims' settlement, and the Wampanoag homesite.The actors who work for this "location" museum never go out of character, and they clearly enjoy what they do.  It was the closest thing to time travel I've experienced.

The Pilgrims Village

Chickens in the 17th-century village. A wood-carving Pilgrim.
A Pilgrim woman tending her garden.
A Preacher

Bustling Life in the 17th-century English Village.
Pilgrim Household.


A Wampanoag woman cooking inside the tent.

A Wampanoag woman.



Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" by New York Classical Theatre

“Well, heaven forgive him! and forgive us all!
Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall” 

~William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"

 
Here are some reportage drawings from this summer's staging of "Measure for Measure" by New York Classical Theater at the Battery Park. This is their 16th season, and if you haven't been lucky yet to catch one of their performances (which are free to attend, and take place in Manhattan and Brooklyn parks), the best way to describe them is to quote The New York Times: "a movable feast! All the park's a stage!"

In New York Classical Theater's panoramic productions,  the audience is prompted to get up and follow actors to a new location  about every 10 minutes or so. It's such a fun way of experiencing classical plays! The actors are hysterical, the costumes are beautiful, and Shakespeare is...timeless.

Check out upcoming performances on New York Classical Theater's site.



 

“Our doubts are traitors and make us loose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt"

~William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"

 

Music oft hath such a charm
To make bad good, and good provoke to harm."

~William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"

 


 


Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" by New York Classical Theatre


 

There's small choice in rotten apples"

~William Shakespeare, "The Taming of the Shrew" 


  I see a woman may be made a fool,
If she had not a spirit to resist.”  

~William Shakespeare, "The Taming of the Shrew"

 

 

 

   “Sit by my side, and let the world slip: we shall ne'er be younger.” 

~William Shakespeare, "The Taming of the Shrew"

 

 

  No profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en”  

~William Shakespeare, "The Taming of the Shrew"

 

 

Here are reportage drawings from this summer's staging of "The Taming of the Shrew" by New York Classical Theater in Prospect Park and Central Park. This is their 16th season, and if you haven't been lucky yet to catch one of their performances (which are free to attend, and take place in Manhattan and Brooklyn parks), the best way to describe them is to quote The New York Times: "a movable feast! All the park's a stage!"

In New York Classical Theater's panoramic productions, the audience is prompted to get up and follow actors to a new location  about every 10 minutes or so. It's such a fun way of experiencing classical plays! The actors are hysterical, the costumes are beautiful, and Shakespeare is...timeless.

Check out upcoming performances on New York Classical Theater's site.


 

 

 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Spread in "Reportage and Documentary Drawing" by Veronica Lawlor

I am thrilled to be included in the latest book by Veronica Lawlor "Reportage and Documentary Drawing", illustrating the chapter about "The Whole Event" (pg. 74-75), alongside some of the fellow artists from Dalvero Academy, Studio 1482 and The Urban Sketchers global community. What an incredible company to be in! The 3 featured drawings date back to 2012, when I took my Dad to see a basketball game at the Barklays Center in Brooklyn, and had a lot of fun! Here's the original post with more drawings from the event.

Check out this newly-published handbook-the format is great, you can take it with you on location and find tips to help you draw in any situation. Thank you, Veronica, and congratulations on another beautiful and educational art book!



Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Drawing Music :: John Zorn's Masada Book Three - The Book Beriah

Last Thursday I was at a phenomenal concert at Roulette in Brooklyn: John Zorn's Masada Book Three - The Book Beriah. Here are drawings of *some* of the great musicians that occupied the stage that night.

Frank London on Trumpet

Matt Hollenberg on Guitar, from "Cleric"

[screaming] Nick Shellenberger on keys and vocals + Matt Hollenberg on Guitar, from "Cleric"

Loren Sklamberg from "Nigunim"

Loren Sklamberg + Frank London, from "Nigunim"

Cyro Baptista on Percussion

Shanir Blumenkranz on Bass + Tim Keiper on Drums, from "Cyro Baptista and Banquet of the Spirits"

From Zion 80: Marlon Sobol on Percussion, Cyro Baptista on Percussion, Frank London on Trumpet and John Zorn on Saxophone