Saturday, May 25, 2013

Northwest Folklife Festival

5/24/13 Sailor pen, Diamine Eclipse ink, Stillman & Birn Alpha sketchbook
After sketching at the King Street Station, the sun came out, and the afternoon looked promising for more. Kate and I decided to hop on a bus to the Seattle Center, where the Northwest Folklife Festival was just beginning its annual Memorial Day weekend of music, art and general celebration of the unofficial start of summer. Although Folklife is known for bringing big-name musicians to its main stages, I prefer to simply walk through and enjoy the many casual street performers who set up in the grass throughout the grounds.
5/24/13 Pilot Iroshizuku Take-Sumi ink, Stillman & Birn sketchbook
I admit, I haven’t been attending Folklife regularly in recent years. In general, I prefer to stay far away from wherever everyone else will be on holiday weekends, and if the weather is even a teensy bit pleasant, the mobs at Folklife are intolerable to me. But on a Friday afternoon, the mobs hadn’t quite made it out there yet, so Kate and I could walk through the main thoroughfares without having to swim upstream. To my delight, I was able to spend a couple hours sketching one of my favorite subjects without being jostled: street performers jamming in the sunshine. I even caught a diaphanous mime (Sheri Brown) waiting for someone to wind her up.
5/24/13 Sailor pen, Diamine Eclipse ink
The past few weeks I’ve been working more hours than I usually do, and although I like the check I’m going to get from the work, the inconvenience of earning an income has been cutting into my sketching time, which makes me cranky. Spending all day yesterday sketching was just what I needed to reset my mood and gear up for a three-day weekend.

1 comment:

  1. Nice sketches of the entertainers! I do the same thing and usually don't go where the crowds are. I find it makes it too difficult to sketch in jostling crowds unless you can find a spot to stand with your back to the wall. lol You did well!


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