Empty Lock

I saw a front page image this morning of the large lock drained at the Ballard Locks.  I knew it had been drained a week or so ago.  The story reminded me that if I wanted to see it this year, I’d better go soon.  Saturday traffic would be less of a problem but it was raining.  I checked the forecast and it seemed the drizzle might stop by 10am so I tossed my sketch bag in the car and headed out.

It was quite a sight to see the empty lock.  It didn’t even smell too badly though I’d heard earlier that when first drained, it was really smelly.    It was still drizzling when I arrived.  But it let up just enough for me to get the line sketch done.

looking the other direction

looking the other direction

I planned to attend a demo at the Daniel Smith mothership at noon but thought I had time to stop at McPherson Leather on the way there.  I needed another large piece for the leather bound journals I make for Fort Nisqually.

On the way, I noticed one of the World Day of Remembrance figures I’d read about in the Seattle Times yesterday.      After I parked, I walked back up the street to see it and did another quick sketch.

World Day of Remembrance Nov 20 2016   This figure represents one of more than 200 people who died in Seattle in traffic in the past 10 years.  visionzerosea.org

Oh, I skipped the demo.  There was not a single place to park, apparently due to a big party at the venue next door.


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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2 Responses to Empty Lock

  1. You find such interesting subjects to sketch. Nicely done!

  2. miatagrrl says:

    Good reportage sketch of a not-too-common occurrence! How strange to see it empty.


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