Monday, July 22, 2013


I was invited to an evening soiree recently; a benefit of being urbane and well-bred, no?
Great food, great jazz. I broke out the sketchbook to draw.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Birmingham Jazz Festival 3

Jazz festival drawing in A4 sketchbook, ink and watercolour
I made a last minute dash to catch Boogie Woogie pianist Bob Hall and guitarist Dave Peabody at the festival (above), who were every bit as excellent as I'd anticipated.

Photographer Drew Kirkland was also at the festival again, and caught me in action earlier in the week..

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sketchbook drawing, Jazz Festival 2013

A4 sketchbook drawing in ink and watercolour, jazz festival, 2013
Third outing drawing Birmingham Jazz Festival 2013; my second visit came to an end when an over officious security guard needlessly moved the band halfway through the gig. Just moved them several feet, but it meant I had to abandon a good drawing. This was the excellent Jon-paul Gard Organ Trio. It came as no surprise to hear them mention in their introduction a security guard almost wouldn't let them set up. What a welcome.

These were drawn live, and painted 'as live' later working from a short video I took. The drying time involved with watercolour would make painting during a performance unworkable. Knowing you'll be painting later sharpens up your perception as you make mental notes about colour relationships.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Jazz Festival 2013

Sketchbook drawing of acoustic jazz trio, ink and watercolour. Birmingham Jazz Festival 2013.
This year's Birmingham jazz festival begins. These were gypsy jazz exponents The Barrett Brothers. I like what the rudimentary watercolour adds to these drawings, though the paper is possibly suffering a bit too much.