Here is another of my “watching my daughter at gymnastics” sketches. Just for a change she actually appears in this one, waiting her turn to a “back hip circle” on the uneven bars. Just a simple doodle – I liked the angles and shapes the bars and wires formed.
The title of this might seem a bit odd, but as I was sketching the chair to the right I was thinking of my friend Gordon Rice who passed away several years ago. He was a friend of my parents as well but him and I used to visit art exhibitions in London and attended several summer painting classes together. I once showed him a sketch with a chair just like the one in this sketch, that was hanging up on a wall – and he marvelled at the interesting things I always find to draw. I miss him.
So today I was at my daughters gym class and of course had time to kill. Thinking I should draw some of the gymnasts for a change, I spotted some posters and decided to draw them (with all the other gym equipment around) … much easier because they don’t move around!
It’s easy to see that I’m back to life in Manila when I am sketching at my daughters gym class. Last Saturday I was still sleepy with jet lag so I snoozed in the car while waiting for the class to finish. Then it poured with rain (nice warm rain compared to the UK) while I was drawing this.
Yesterday at my daughters gymnastics class I just had time for a quick simple sketch of this lady, who was half watching the girls and half watching her phone.
Yesterday it was very crowded at Kelly’s gym class…without even any elbow room on the bleachers where the ‘watchers’ sit. I only had a few moments close to the end, when some people went home, to sketch this. I think I need to practice drawing feet! As always the traffic on the road going to and from the class in a Grab taxi was terrible. Kelly was unwell too…a tiring evening.
Here is another sketch at my daughters gym class – of the watchers, who all seemed to be watching movies on their phones instead of watching the gymnasts. Can’t blame them though…it’s a three hour session and I’m not watching the gymnasts much either.
Yesterday I was at my daughters gymnastics class again and this time decided to draw some of the ladies watching (and one that was sleeping). It’s a bit easier drawing them then the girls doing gymnastics who never stop moving.
My daughter is entering a gym competition so I’m spending many more evenings at her club…not really watching but sketching instead. Instead of drawing the gym equipment like I usually do, I tried to capture a bigger space in this one.
I drew this while watching my daughter at her gym classes. I’ve drawn this many times, but this time I ended up with a light and almost pastel colour scheme using my watercolour pencils.