Friday, March 20, 2009

Wonderful day

I didn’t have the nerve to sketch the
great man whilst he ate at the next table in the perfect Kensington restaurant my dear friend took me to yesterday. I mean you can hardly whip out your sketchbook to draw one of the world’s greatest living painters who’s sitting a few feet away from you but I had to have some record of the occasion, so a sketch that’s a mix of memory and looking at innumerable photos.


Blogger Katherine Tyrrell said...

You'll be pleased to know I knew who you were talking about just looking at the drawing in thumbnail!

I sketched him for my information site about him - but that was from a documentary film about one of his exhibitions. I reckon it's the nose that's the clue!

3/21/2009 1:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should have got him to draw you and swapped pictures!


3/21/2009 3:36 AM  
Anonymous Shirley said...

WOW! I agree with the suggestion re: a portrait swap. But having sat right next to (i.e. 18" between tables) Bette Midler at one of our New York City restaurants, I wouldn't have been able to speak either....

3/21/2009 10:43 AM  
Blogger Pedro said...

Envy. Envy.
I'm glad you could use this opportunity. Great post!

3/21/2009 9:46 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Yes Katherine - I think the nose is the feature that's the most distinctively his.

Rachel and Shirley, I read something about how he was at some event which both he and David Hockney were attending. Someone said to him 'isn't it wonderful that two of the greatest living artists are here' to which he replied 'who is the other one?' so, no I think that probably not a candidate for suggesting a portrait swap!

Pedro glad you enjoyed the post.

3/22/2009 5:11 PM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

He certainly would have understood, though! I don't know that I'd recognize any LIVING artists! It would have to be Van Gogh sitting next to me at Starbucks!

3/24/2009 5:22 AM  

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