I turned out to be 25% of the 506 streetcar sketching team, so I am especially glad I went along. Others wanted to join in, but could not get free for a Thursday morning run.
The four of us, Fred Franzen, his daughter Karen, Darcy and I sketched our way from the Flying Pony on the east side, to the Olga Korper Gallery on the west side.
Most of my sketches were done on my iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. It is VERY difficult to do! Almost as soon as you choose something to draw, someone blocks your view or the scene changes. Opportunities last for split seconds.
I was forced to try a variety of strategies and it was fun. Also, as Fred observed, “It makes you appreciate what you can accomplish if you get as much as 2 or 3 minutes”.
It was my first exposure to the Olga Korper space, which is huge and impressive. An exhibit of Robert Mapplethorpe photography is up at the moment.
A surprise bonus was a peek into the kitchen section of Olga Korper’s living space. A remarkable set of metal chairs flanked an island. They were the work of Fred Franzen’s son Marc, who died far too young in 2016. Another surprise: when I sat on the coiled rods of the metal seat, they felt like wicker … gently depressing under my weight. Amazing! Marc Franzen somehow contrived to coil the seat into a flat spring. Very comfortable!