Saturday, October 22, 2011
Drawn to strangers
A side benefit of urban sketching is meeting total strangers who stop by to look and chat while you draw around your city. While sketching this old Victorian house, a man went by and asked me if I was "the guy from the newspaper," and then he gave me a thumbs up. I also talked to several Seattle City Light employees who were replacing an old electricity pole across the street. The next door neighbor also wondered what I was doing as she headed out the door with a friend on their way to lunch. "Do you go around drawing houses?"
I always enjoy the brief encounters. They are an opportunity to meet people as they go about their days. When do you ever get to do that? Sometimes the situation also yields a photo-op. In this case, I'm standing in between the person who restored the house and is the subject of my story, Greg Ahmann, and a visitor from California. Her friend Jessilyn inmortalized the occasion and later emailed the photo.
Strangers who care enough to talk to an urban sketcher always turn out to be the nicest people. That's been my experience so far.