Yesterday was my debut as an Interpreter at Fort Nisqually. I demonstrated the documentary sketching done by travelers and explorers in the mid-19th century. I explained to visitors that most Ladies of the period were taught to draw and paint in
watercolor. Queen Victoria was so taught as a young girl and kept a sketchbook her whole life.
My period clothing was provided by the Fort’s closet. My sketching kit was my own.
I was gratified by how many people were interested and stopped to talk. I was also pleased about how many children said they draw. In my mundane street sketching, most people say they can’t draw. I didn’t rush through my sketches but took plenty of time to let
the ink and watercolor dry. It also gave me lots of time to speak with visitors and explain my kit. So I only did two sketches.
After scanning, these will be returned to the Fort. The original 5×7 sketches will be sold in the Fort’s shop.
I also made time to see some of the other activities, such as the opening ceremonies and the men’s and women’s fashion show.
Procession to the opening
I was nice to see the young people involved and even dancing!