The Nutcracker

Sketch by Sarah Sullivan of dancers from The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

I was able to go to a dress rehearsal this evening of the California Ballet’s The Nutcracker, along with other artists from my sketching class. We had first row seats and were able to sketch and paint throughout the full ballet. I painted in gouache, with some pastel pencil.

Before the start, I fretted because it was clear that I would not be able to see the dancers’ feet from my seat. However,  the performers were so athletic that their feet stayed in view as the dancers leaped across the stage throughout much of the performance.

It was dark, and the action was rapid, so I just painted broad strokes, hoping to capture the grace and power of the dancers. I worked as fast as I could and came away with 16 pages for the evening. Here are some of the sketches I liked best:

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6 Responses to The Nutcracker

  1. What an opportunity! And I can see you made the most of it


  2. tprevey says:

    I love the colorful vibrancy of these sketches!

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  3. Sheila Greer says:

    OH Sarah! I love these expressive lines!!! I can FEEL the joy, beauty, color, grace and Spirit of this ballet and her passionate athletic performers !! Well done. Thought of you and Wanda – yearned to be there with you. Next time!!!

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