Bright Lines at the Parlor Room, Northampton, 02.23.14

Lately I've been enjoying the Sunday night "Parlor Sessions" at the Parlor Room in Northampton, MA. These evenings feature a show followed by a jam led by some combination of the performers and the house band. On 2/23 it was Bright Lines: David Chalfant, Eric Lee, Abe Loomis, Sturgis Cunningham, Melissa Shetler, Gray Maynard, and Jim Henry. [caption id="attachment_2116" align="alignleft" width="490" caption="Bright Lines, 02.23.14. Drawing by and © Robin Hoffman, 2014"]Bright Lines, 02.23.14. Drawing by and © Robin Hoffman, 2014[/caption]

The Nields and Belle Amie at The Iron Horse, 02.08.14

At the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA; February 8: Belle Amie grow more polished each time I see them. Amelia Chalfant, Alouette Batteau, and Isabella De Herdt. [caption id="attachment_2112" align="alignleft" width="490" caption="Belle Amie, 02.08.14. Drawing by and © Robin Hoffman, 2014"]Belle Amie, 02.08.14. Drawing by and © Robin Hoffman, 2014[/caption] A packed-house, extra-great show from The Nields: David Chalfant, Katryna Nields, Dave Hower, Nerissa Nields, and Paul Kochanski. [caption id="attachment_2105" align="alignleft" width="490" caption="The Nields, 02.08.14. Drawing by and © Robin Hoffman, 2014"]The Nields, 02.08.14. Drawing by and © Robin Hoffman, 2014[/caption]

Tracy Grammer with Abe Loomis at the Iron Horse

Abe Loomis opened for Tracy Grammer at the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA: Dave Chalfant, Eric Lee, Abe Loomis, and Melissa Shetler. He'll be announcing a new CD soon. [caption id="attachment_2097" align="alignleft" width="490" caption="Abe Loomis and Band, 01.11.14. Drawing by and © Robin Hoffman, 2014"]Abe Loomis and Band, 01.11.14. Drawing by and © Robin Hoffman, 2014[/caption] Tracy Grammer was joined by Jim Henry. [caption id="attachment_2098" align="alignleft" width="490" caption="Jim Henry and Tracy Grammer, 01.11.14. Drawing by and © Robin Hoffman, 2014"]Jim Henry and Tracy Grammer, 01.11.14. Drawing by and © Robin Hoffman, 2014[/caption]

Bobtown and Roosevelt Dime, 08.12.13

Music Festivals are not ideal places to draw. At least, not the main stages. I can't get close enough, usually, well, it's not the intimate situation I'm used to. At the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival this past August I was lucky to be granted a backstage pass thanks to one of my performer friends. This allowed me to sit stage right with a strange but interesting view of the stage. I was drawing the "Emerging Artists," who get two songs apiece, so this was also quick work. Among these "Emerging Artists,' were several bands I've been following for some time already. Here are two favorites: Roosevelt Dime: Seth Paris, Eben Pariser, and Andrew Green. [caption id="attachment_2090" align="alignleft" width="490" caption="Roosevelt Dime, 08.02.13. Drawing by and © Robin Hoffman, 2013"]Roosevelt Dime, 08.02.13. Drawing by and © Robin Hoffman, 2013[/caption] Bobtown: Alan Lee Backer, Fred Stesney, Karen Dahlstrom, Jen McDearman, and Katherine Etzel. [caption id="attachment_2089" align="alignleft" width="490" caption="Bobtown, 08.02.13. Drawing by and © Robin Hoffman, 2013"]Bobtown, 08.02.13. Drawing by and © Robin Hoffman, 2013[/caption]

My Work in the Window

My illustration "Downton Sounds" appears in the window of the music store, Downtown Sounds, for the next month or so. It was commissioned by the owner, Joe Blumenthal, and features the staff of Downtown Sounds, all holding ukuleles. [caption id="attachment_2083" align="alignleft" width="490" caption=""Downton Sounds" Illustration by and © Robin Hoffman, 2014"]© Robin Hoffman, 2014[/caption] Downtown Sounds is on Pleasant Street in Northampton, MA. [caption id="attachment_2084" align="alignleft" width="490" caption="The window of Downtown Sounds, Northampton, MA"]illustration in the window[/caption]

Flowers.

They move. So. Slowly. [caption id="attachment_2076" align="alignleft" width="490" caption="Red Flowering Shrub. Painting by and © Robin Hoffman, 2013"]Red Flowering Shrub. Painting by and © Robin Hoffman, 2013[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2075" align="alignleft" width="490" caption="Grape Hyacinths. Painting by and © Robin Hoffman, 2013"]Grape Hyacinths. Painting by and © Robin Hoffman, 2013[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2077" align="alignleft" width="490" caption="Wildflowers. Painting by and © Robin Hoffman, 2013"]Wildflowers. Painting by and © Robin Hoffman, 2013[/caption]

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