Sitting in the car waiting during the violin lesson, I drew a fast sketch of koi for a painting I’m working on back at my studio.  The June heat made the wax pencils respond more smoothly and knowing I had to jump out of the car in a few moments to fetch my kid quickened the pace of my drawing.

A drawing like this isn’t about what the drawing looks like, it’s more about looking at the ideas and thinking idly (if quickly) about them.  And yet, I love scribbles.  And sometimes it happens that later on, looking at a little sketch like this will bring back to memory the sensation of the whole moment.

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5 thoughts on “Violin Lesson

  1. Another commonalityor two! I also draw while I wait for my two kids at their fiddle lessons. I always have felt that if I sketch something that when I look at the sketch it brings back the entire memory of the moment in which it was created, no matter how mundane it may have seemed at the time.

  2. I have been known to play violin in my car, Gabe. It is so crazy — having to push the seat all the way back and shift to the side and hold the bow weirdly — you must have picked up my subliminal message!

    In contrast, it is much easier to draw in the car while waiting for the other fiddle player …

  3. do you remember the color of your dreams’ I dont

    Sometimes I have dreams where I afterwards recall colors, the more vivid the dream, the more likely it includes a sense of color — for me. Dream recall is a strange phenomenon, that’s for sure.

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