Donkey

The high for the day is predicted to be 84 degrees so I went out mid-morning before it got really hot.  I don’t like it when the temperature approaches 80 degrees!

This is the second sketch in what I plan to be a series on the public art in Renton.  This is “Donkey Run Away from the Mines” by Richard Beyer. It is located in tiny Tonkins Park on Williams Ave just one block south of the main street through downtown Renton.  There isn’t anything more about it on the Renton web page.  My guess is that it has to do with the donkeys used in the coal mines which used to exist around this region.

While drawing the donkey, I suddenly remembered how many times I’d drawn horses when I was a kid!  All my knowledge of horse anatomy and confirmation came flooding back.  I hardly had to look at the statue.  It was like riding a bike, the motor memory was right there.

I  used Mark Taro Holms’ “tea, milk, honey” technique that he taught at the Portland USK workshop in August.  Start with light washes, add the middle tones and finish by painting the darkest shadows.

I’d forgotten to put my two-part water container back in my sketch bag.  I made do with the small bottle I use for refilling my water brushes.  There was a fountain in the park so I was able to refresh with clean water as needed.

About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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1 Response to Donkey

  1. Tina (miatagrrl) says:

    Great blog story and sketch! So cool that it all came back to you. You have an interesting series started. I’m doing a similar one on memorials and monuments in Seattle.

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