My fountain pen was out of ink, and I was rushed getting out of the house, so I ended up doing pencil sketches today and really enjoyed that. It was a family day -- lunch at the Brushmark, the restaurant inside the Brooks museum here in Memphis. I ended up being early after all, so I sketched this 1950 etching by Luigi Lucioni. Of course I was drawn to the one with the trees. They had a show up of his etchings, and they are gorgeous. Delicate and detailed, and many views of the same scenes, which always appeals to me. I like artists working in the same area over a period of time.
Later I ended up at Huey's, my semi-regular Sunday hangout. I've been going for many years now to hear music on periodic Sunday afternoons. If a band I like is playing, it's my favorite part of the week -- hearing great music, seeing friends, having a glass of wine, just relaxing in a happy place. Today was a new band to me, Le Tumulte Noir. It was only their second gig. But with familiar musicians like my friend Jim Spake of the Boyfriends and Lucero on sax and clarinet, and THREE (count 'em) gypsy guitars plus a fine bass player. Really great stuff.
I was mostly hanging with friends and then my brother, but I did do one quick music sketch.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.