The sketch may have been “double the joy” but our reception at Pacific Place was
not… read on…..
As I left the house, I noted it was 27 degrees. I dressed warmly for my trip into downtown Seattle via light rail. Once I arrived at the Pacific Place mall, I realized they did not have as many holiday decorations as in past years. I had been looking forward to sketching the oversized nutcracker statues but they weren’t there!
I settled in at the cafe to sketch the view of “Joy”. These large, red, block letters seem to be “the thing” this year as my local mall has them, too. Then started a succession of children posing on it for their parents. Some were probably on their way to meet Santa, who was upstairs. I managed to catch these two little girls in red dresses. In the background is Suzanne, sketching.
I wandered the 4 floors, looking for another sketch subject. I finally settled on “Give”.
Mall visitors were encouraged to post a selfie with it to be entered into a contest. Odd that such photography was encouraged, yet the security guard said we couldn’t sketch…. that’s right, we almost got kicked out!
We managed to share sketches despite the grumbling of the security guard and had
our group photos. We could come back, the guard said, if we asked permission first. Given the lack of decorations this year and our poor reception, I don’t think we’ll go back next year. Other venues love having us, so we’ll re-visit them instead. Bah, humbug!
I was happy to hear the flutist busking in the light rail station. It was a “loud room”, as we used to say, thus he sounded even better than he might have elsewhere. I used to play the flute, so I left a big tip!