|6/27/13 Sailor pen, Diamine Eclipse ink, 100 lb. watercolor paper|
After having lunch with a few friends at a waterfront restaurant, the morning’s drizzle had finally stopped. Walking to my bus stop on Alaskan Way, I passed Ivar’s Acres of Clams and the sculpture of “Ivar Feeding the Gulls.” Although I don’t eat many fish and chips anymore, I have fond childhood memories of dining at Ivar’s and tossing French fries to the gulls (which Ivar actually encouraged, much to the chagrin of other restaurants). He was a colorful local businessman and character.
“Ivar Feeding the Gulls” was sculpted by local artist Richard Beyer, who also made “Waiting for the Interurban” and other pieces of popular public art. While I sketched, numerous tourists came by to sit in Ivar’s captain’s chair and get their photo taken.
If you’re wondering what the gull is reaching for under the chair, it’s a clamshell running away.