|12/13/15 ink, colored pencils|
I can’t blame the location.
Nearly two years ago when the Friday sketchers met at the Seattle Public Library’s Central branch, I was inspired by the spectacular architecture and floor-to-ceiling windows cut at strange angles. So this morning I was looking forward to sketching there again with the full Urban Sketchers Seattle group. I spent the first half hour or more roaming from floor to floor (which, in itself, is a challenge, because some floors can be accessed from the long, chartreuse escalators while others can be accessed only by elevator), but I just couldn’t seem to find a spot that called to me.
|12/13/15 ink, colored pencil|
Eventually I found an intriguing straight-down view over a railing to sketch a couple of guys using computers on the floor below. After that, I made a half-hearted sketch of a man viewing his tablet (with some of those crazy windows behind him), but I had to accept that I just wasn’t inspired there today.
It was still fun to see everyone else’s sketches, and street parking is free on Sundays, so it wasn’t a total loss. A few years ago when I felt uninspired at a sketch outing, I used to be struck by the fear that it was all over – I’d never feel inspired again. I’m relieved that that stage didn’t last long, and I know that some days are just like that. As far as I’m concerned, an uninspired day of sketching is still better than any day of not sketching.