I spent a day in my beloved old home city of Portland,
at the downtown Farmer's Market,
sketching with a Maine College of Art Workshop.
Above, not the original, as the raw sketch was
too full of fast, scribbly lines.
Also a sketch from the sketch.
Sketching with a class gave me the bravado to plunk myself
& my little stool down in the midst of a sea of
moving people, colors, & sounds.
What a great way to slow down & to focus
on one subject at a time.
If anyone was peeking over my shoulder, I didn't notice.
This is the actual on-location, raw sketch.
Our Lady of Victories, is the monument in Monument Square,
created to commemorate lives lost during the Civil War.
Every Wednesday she looks down on the market below.
I was looking up at her while eating at a sidewalk café table
on the edge of the sidewalk.
Also on the edge of the sidewalk was Myron
playing blues harmonica & singing lyrics,
some traditional, some invented on the spot.
He played well to the young children
& made them dance. He made me laugh.
That's a foot operated tambourine!