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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Something in the Air at Pike Place Market-WW Sketch Crawl #51

A fishmonger shouts and a 30 pound salmon flies through the air across a mountain of ice and is deftly caught by the man behind the counter. A semicircle of onlookers holds cameras and smart phones overhead, capturing the spectacle.
I had to sketch the "flying fish" action in increments: the hands and fish, the face, the swirl of the white lab coat.

The scent of fresh, hot sticky buns wafts through the air as a man in a silver white ponytail and a floppy hat rolls up his sleeves. He flicks his hands with a flourish and plays modern classical music at his piano on wheels.
Across the street a wide shadowy freight doorway reveals a technicolor display of spring flowers. A flower vendor's head seems to float among the fragrant bouquets wrapped in white paper.
After sharing our sketches in the atrium and getting a group photo outside by the newsstand, some of us sketched our way through lunch at the Sound View Cafe. 
Upper right: Marvin and Tina sketching at lunch. I had the BBQ Salmon on Focaccia (LR)
We had our choice of all our typical Pacific Northwest seafood; salmon chowder, clam chowder, barbecued salmon, or the seafood pasta  extravaganza. The pasta extravaganza has king salmon, tiger prawns, halibut, crab meat pan sautéed and served over pasta with choice of marina, pesto or alfredo sauce PLUS soup and salad bar! Tempting, I know, but I wanted to stay sharp for more sketching in the afternoon. As you see, the barbecued salmon sandwich was quite sufficient. I'm having the other half for lunch tomorrow.
Adding the final sketches of the day to my accordion sketchbook over thick hot aromatic Turkish coffee.
I would say that Seattle provides more than enough inspiration to last all the way through this 51st World Wide Sketch Crawl Day.

My first ever sketches with Seattle Urban Sketchers were sketched the market during the workshop with Frank Ching, Gail Wong, and Gabi Campanario.


  1. Love your accordion books, Michelle. Do you make them? This is such a fun collection of sketches at the market. I remember when you came to that workshop and brought us your homemade envelopes. You've been a most loyal follower ever since!

    1. Thank you, Jane. I do make some of my accordion books, but this one is the Urban Sketcher by Sennnelier. Meeting you and the other urban sketchers has enhanced my drawing, sketching and watercoloring activity. I look forward to every opportunity to see the world together, one drawing at a time.

  2. Great post that captures the fun of the day! And an historic USk anniversary location for you!


    1. Thank you, Tina. Always a grand day out sketching with you.