Tokyo String Quartet in Action

June 17, 2009 | 1 Comment

Ok… I have been slack again but here is a post about Saturday night

On Saturday I went to a concert in the Sydney Recital Hall of the Tokyo String Quartet and intended to do a few sketches. This sketch I did before the performance started with the colour added during the programme.

I have only started to draw people in the last few months – before then I was a bit afraid even to make an attempt. Thanks to my determination during the daily challenge I set myself in May I am now excited to have achieved enough confidence to at least have a go – and sitting at an aisle seat (exposed to numerous people behind me!) was a good test for me!

I love classical music but am not particularly musical and don’t know much about string quartets – however, I have decided that it is quite exciting to see them performed! Not only do I love to see the music – string instruments are so descriptive in this way – but with only 4 performers on the stage, you really get to know them and their characteristic movements during the evening. I had great time trying to sketch them in action and then quietly opened my metal watercolour tin to add the colour with a waterbrush in the dim, but adequate lighting. Sketching adds so much to an experience- doesn’t it?


To top the evening off, I was able to show my sketches to all members of the Tokyo String Quartet and got them to sign a page that I have sketched of them beforehand. They were all rather pleased I made them look so youthful!


As for the programme…. I sketched the composers before as part of my research.

We had only gotten the tickets two days before so for the last 24 hours I have been listening to the pieces (except of the Vine one) in the background hoping that I will get to know them a bit better.

1 Comment

  • I realize this is an old post, but this is delightful!

    My husband plays violin in a community orchestra (non professional), and I shall certainly bring my sketchbook and pencils along when they start their new season! I always sit in the balcony, so I’ll be unobtrusive. If I’m not feeling bold enough to paint, I’ll start with watercolor pencils!

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