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.”
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