Sketching in cafe is a very chaotic process.
There is simply no way that you can control the situation and you must remain fluid and attentive.
I believe it is not much different then surfing. Any surfing. Wind, sea waves or the Internet for that matter.
This requires letting go of any preconceived visual conception and simply allow yourself to flow with the form patterns, lines and colors relying on the intelligence of the perception.
I must admit that it takes practice but most of all a certain ” don’t care” attitude that allows ” mistakes” to happen.
In fact making as many mistakes as possible is the surest way to learn in Art.
As in life, avoiding mistakes keeps us frozen within our well defined comfort zone with the devastating result of never being able to experience that uplifting moment of inspiration. That moment of sudden rush of insight, the wonderful “AHA” characterized by the feelings of fussy happiness and desire to lift and expand outward .
It is true that all of the arts give us the opportunity to balance a concentration on the moment with that blissful feeling of letting go but sketching in cafe is unique in the fact that because the scene is very dynamic, constantly changing and encourages us to be decisive about grasping the whole before going into any detail.
There is many times a confusion with beginning students when they are sure that they need to master the technique first and only when they have enough control of the media, they can approach the chaos of the visual field.It doesn’t really matter if it’s something as dynamic as a cafe scene, a landscape or a portrait since in any case the chaos is the same.
We need to have a good sense of the whole before we can organize the parts in a meaningful composition.
But this is another topic of which I will write in my next post.