Next Sketch Outing
Saturday March 25: International District
Sun and Shade at the Market
Sketchers had a sunny, cool day for sketching in the new area of
Pike’s Market called “MarketFront”. I
knew I could spend a long time looking around for inspiration, instead, I quickly settled on Billie the PigBank since I could sit in the shade
and still see an expansive backdrop of the waterfront. I don’t think anyone passed by without taking
a picture of Billie. Kids and adults
hugged her while smiling big for the camera.
I chose not to put a figure on the pig because the bodies were so
fleetingly kinetic. The pig is a solid
mass of bronze, a
strong and compelling shape to isolate and admire. I didn’t see anyone drop
coins into the piggy bank. It’s good
luck to make a donation.
|Billie the PigBank|
Next I walked to the
north end of the building where a parking sign caught my attention. Elevated above the street, my vantage point positioned
me with an excellent view of the sign, people walking below, a lacy tree and
buildings climbing up into the sky. The strong sunlight cast shadows within the
sign and on the sidewalk. All the people
had shadows attached, making me think of Peter Pan.
|Public Parking Sign|
for the last sketch of the outing, I looked to the south and found my subject
easily, the Joe Desimone Bridge. Sage green and yellow ochre coloration
contrasts agreeably with the sleek modern structures in the distance. Bathed in
sunlight, the bridge spans a busy street. Public parking signs add a counterpoint of red to aid with
directions. When I first moved to
Seattle, finding parking seemed an onerous task. After sketching the picturesque signs, I’m
convinced parking is a pleasure filled escapade. Just follow the signs, or better yet, as I
have discovered, ride the bus.
|Joe Desimone Bridge|
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