Yesterday the fiddler played at Columbia State Park for an event known as The Diggins. Why not? He has a costume reminiscent of that era (despite the back pocket), and he plays tunes that would have made gold miners stamp and strut.
I went along for the sketching.
Making portraits on the fly, in real time…yeah, that’s kind of scary. But it’s enormously fun too, especially at costume events.
I’ve only recently gotten brave enough to ask someone to sit for a portrait (only if it’s not busy and they seem friendly. And bored.). And I absolutely love it!
When I ask, I assure my subjects that while I may not catch a good likeness, I will make them look like a human (which is a big improvement over the days when my off-the-cuff portraits looked like pigs in bags).
I also let them talk. I encourage it, although it is harder to capture their likeness when they’re moving. But I hear such interesting stories, and I feel like it helps me draw better likenesses after all.
This question runs around in my mind: If portraits are about unmasking the subject, what then, to make of a subject who’s assumed an identity that may well be the real person under the everyday mask they put on for their pedestrian life?
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Go to the Diggins. Costumed docents, banjo players, and bean soups that give you a flavor of what the California gold rush must have been like. This weekend (May 29-31)
Or visit Columbia State Park when ever you can. http://www.visitcolumbiacalifornia.com
Carol Bassoni makes lace at www.misslaceydesigns.com/
You can find Professor Flatbroke B. Dodge at www.oslhp.net/m-charframe.htm