Out of my element

Yesterday I made a sketch outing to Cabela’s, a large sporting goods chain.   I don’t know whether it will change but I wanted to see it before the buy out by Bass Pro Shops went into effect.  If found it not as visually interesting as Bass.  I took a lot of photos, which are all here:  https://redharp.smugmug.com/MKB/2017-0201-Cabelas/

I felt rather out of my element.  Even though I grew up in small town Midwest with a lot of hunters – my father hunted pheasant and ducks – I have never hunted.  Well, except once, as a small child.  I have a memory of my dad taking me and the dog out pheasant hunting.  Given the noise we made, I think this was more a “take them for a walk in the woods” outing than actual hunting.  There were an amazing amount of mounts, some of them exotic.

After a good wander around, I had some lunch in the cafe and sketched  the small plane from my vantage point.  By the way, menu items in the cafe include Elk or Bison burgers.  I chose something less unusual.

I’d decided to make the sketch a full page spread montage, channeling Michele Cooper!  I amuse myself by sketching animal rumps, usually horses.  Here I settled for a Zebra.  And then the elephant.   I thought it was unusual that no one stopped to look or talk while I was sketching.

On the way home, I stopped at Tolmie State Park.  I hadn’t brought my State Parks pass (in the other car) so I didn’t stay.  Though bright and sunny, the weather was also a bit windy and chilly for sketching near the water.  This is a place to which I’ll want to return.

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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 Out of my element

  1. joantav says:

    Great sketches of all the animals in the store. It looks a bit overwhelming!

  2. Wonderful sketches! Perfect opportunity for designing a montage

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