For those who wish to draw more

choices November 11, 2007

Filed under: .India,Day 10 — India @ 9:54 am
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drawing of beer bottles

Beer bottles on the shelf at Barbès in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

I got to the bar good and early, because last time I went to see Les Chauds Lapins at Barbès, I arrived just as they were starting, and the eensy performance space was packed. I stood pressed into a doorway for the first half and had to stand outside the room altogether, behind a guy who was, like, seven feet tall, for the second half.

Of course, when I arrived for this show, the band wasn’t there yet, and the room was closed. So I sat at the end of the bar and ordered a beer, and then I spent a few minutes steeling myself to draw in public.

Maybe ten minutes in, the very nice bartender saw me drawing and brought over a candle—thereby changing all the shadows and highlights. “No! You’re ruining it!” I said. “But thanks!”

Later on, while I waited for the band to start (from a seat in the second row, right in front of Meg!), I decided to tidy up the drawing, blacking in some of the shadows more. One of the first things I did? Fill in the highlights on the Anchor Steam bottle. Oops. Had to put them back in using Photoshop. At the same time, I obviously forgot to apply any shading to the label on the same bottle.

I chose a draft beer, myself—Blue Point Toasted Lager, which I’d never heard of before. Tasty.


3 Responses to “choices”

  1. artisthome Says:

    That’s so funny about the candle, things like that happen when I’m shooting pictures, too. It’s nice to know that so many strangers are being thoughtful, though. :-)

  2. Cooper Says:

    I love this–great specificity without being photographic.

  3. India Amos Says:

    The man sitting next to me also seemed surprised when I refused the proffered candle. “Well, okay!” he exclaimed, or something like it.

    I was very impressed with the graciousness of the bartender, and not just because of the candle incident. He had a sweet and earnest way of thanking people when they paid for their drinks that made me want to tip him a lot more.

    I wish this bar were in my neighborhood, instead of four subway stops away.

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