My interest in Old Master sketches began last year after visiting the Metropolitan Museum’s “An Italian Journey” exhibit. The works from the Tobey Collection included drawings by the brilliant draftsmen Tiepolo, Canaletto, Poussin, Parmigianino, Correggio and Guercino. These works spanned the 16th-18th centuries, immortalizing a wide variety of subject matters from mythological narratives to anatomy. I realized the foundation to painting was mastering the basic technique of drawing, so I embarked on the difficult yet rewarding journey to creating my very own “Danse a la ville”. I studied the basic principles of form with basic sketchbooks and enhanced my studies by visiting museums in cities where I performed. My greatest source of guidance was a tome of Leonardo da Vinci’s life works, which in weight both physically and emblematically, surpassed anything I stored on my bookshelves. Da Vinci’s stunning naturalistic studies of the body, botany, landscape, and religion led me further into my work. In music as in art, form reigns supreme and no one better imparted such wisdom than da Vinci and his compatriots. As artists and musicians, it is our duty to master form and structure before we can re-interpret the masterpieces that have passed the test of time. My artwork on this page draws from (no pun intended) the works of Leonardo da Vinci and Bronzino. The pastel painting is from Pierre-Auguste Renoir.