Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Sketch Book of Mike Wilkins

Palette and Chisel members
usually like to sketch people.
(why else would anyone join??)

And their quick sketches
of people on trains
or in bars
are sometimes
the liveliest,
most compelling
images that they make

It would seem like such a crime
to cut these sketches
out of the notebooks
to frame them on a wall.

These are records,
not just of people,
but also of moments
spent quickly sketching them
in public places.

And it's the excitement
of quick improvisation,
both personal and visual,
that really makes
these things so poignant.

Plus the fact
that Mike Wilkins
has been honeing his drawing skills
for about forty years.


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