Pioneer Square and more

Posting today about my doings yesterday.  As the day wore on, what has felt like a sinus infection got worse so I took some medication and went to be early last night.  Today I’m a bit better so am editing the images and writing this post.

In both sketches done yesterday I took on complex archetectural subjects I would not have attempted a year ago.  Though not completely accurate, I was satisfied with both of them.

I rode in to work with my husband yesterday and then took a short bus ride to the closest light rail station and then on into Seattle down town.

I stopped first at the International District/Chinatown in order to go to one of the shops and to sketch there.  I also decided to sketch the Chinatown Gate.  This is a 5×7 in my Pentalic Aqua sketch book.  While drawing, I met a nice family visiting from Vancouver, BC.  Jerry said he’d done a lot of art in school, once exhibiting 86 paintings.  Wow, I’m not sure I’ve done that many in my life!

Next I went to Pioneer Square and the Mystery Bookshop.  This was the reason I went in to town yesterday.  JA Jance was signing her latest book, Second Watch.  As a subplot, she included the story of Doug Davis, “a schoolmate of hers and a brilliant young man from Bisbee, Arizona, who died in Vietnam weeks before his 23rd birthday.  You will also meet as a character, Bonnie Abney, the girl who was engaged to marry Doug at the time of his death.”

Bonnie Abney & Judith Jance; new JP Beaumont mystery, Second Watch; Ms. Abney is a character in the subplot of the book which also involves a schoolmate of Ms Jance’s who died in Vietnam weeks before his 23rd birthday to whom Ms. Abney was engaged.

After some time spent there, I went to the square to sketch the well known Pioneer Square pagoda, built in 1909.  Sketched 8×10 in a Moleskine watercolor portfolio book.

While there, I heard some loud booms and a man ran by shouting that a car was on fire.  I looked around the corner, up James Street, and saw flames climbing to the second story!  It had exploded!  I thought that only happened in movies.  Since emergency responders were there, I didn’t see any point to rushing up there and returned to my sketch.

Afterwards I did stop once the fire was out and the clean up had started.  Several cars were involved.  It turned out no one was injured.  A large truck reportedly lost brakes and hit the cars.  They were parked, so no one was in them.  Here is the TV news coverage

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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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3 Responses to Pioneer Square and more

  1. Tina Koyama says:

    Excellent sketches, Kate — the Pergola it’s very challenging, and I have yet to take it on. You sure had a big day! You should have sketched that exploding car — it would’ve been great reportage sketching! 🙂

  2. Forrest says:

    Your sketches are fantastic! I particularly like how you omitted all the crack heads. 😉

  3. redharparts says:

    Thanks to both of you for your comments. Thanks, Forrest, for the compliment! Yeah, I was approached a couple times for money by the homeless.

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