Installation of the new pastor at Idlewild Presbyterian Church
Very beautifully my new pastor David Powers likes my work, and when the committee offered him several choices of work from me as a gift from the congregation, he wanted me to live sketch his installation. I hadn't done any event sketching since before the pandemic, and it's always rare for me anyway, so it felt new and exciting and a little rusty. For the first time ever, I sketched from the livestream and had my full work table and a second large table to put drying sketches on. While I was limited to what the camera showed, I managed more good work than I do when I'm juggling paint and wet sketches in my lap and on a pew without adequate room to spread out. It was deeply good to celebrate an occasion by immersing myself in the beauty of making art from it, and I ended up with more sketches than I had intended, a full record of the order of service.
It took me a minute to get into the swing of things. Sometimes you have to warm up first. I did this one of David during the welcome notes before the service started, and it's a little over drawn. As things started to move faster, I settled into the looser style that all hangs together for the service, but since I'm putting up a page of the full set, here's the last/first one as well.