Sketching Local Building
Yesterday I took advantage of some afternoon sun and went out to sketch a local building. Because it was afternoon, I wanted to draw something that was facing the west. What better place to work on than the place formerly known as “Funky Fashions”?
I’d like to give a little backstory to our subject building. I live in Talent, OR. Back in 2014, I thought I’d start a series of watercolor and ink studies I called “Drawing Talent”. One of the first places I drew was “Funky Fashions”.
Cheerful Consignment Shop
“Funky Fashions” was owned by my neighbor Lisa; it was special. It was a sweet consignment shop right down town. It was also on my morning running route. Most days I’d pass by and note the cheerful window displays. Lisa had plants and a bench out front.
First Drawing – Spring Cheer
The first time I sketched the building was in May of 2014. It was a brilliant, sunny spring day. While I was sketching, Lisa came out and sat on the bench, enjoying the afternoon light. Naturally, I went over and chatted with her after I was done.
Almost two years later, the shop sits closed. It is no longer “Funky Fashions”, except in spirit. Lisa has retired and moved on.
I’d say the shop area looks vacant, but it may not be. The windows are curtained up. About a week ago it looked like someone was doing something to the interior. Its not the cheerful place it was.
In the soft light of winter, the building almost looks dormant or asleep. It is waiting for a new occupant to breath life into it. Like many of the business buildings in Talent OR, tenants come and go. This is only one of several buildings that have changed since I started my drawing Talent series.
Traffic Has Changed
You might notice that the signage in front of the building has changed. This is due to the re-routing of traffic in our historic downtown. There used to be a stop sign in front of the “Funky Fashions” building; now there is different sign. The stop sign is a block north.
On a positive note, there is a newly planted tree in front of the building. Talent is a “tree city”. We like trees and they do a good job growing here.
It was fun re-visiting the “Funky Fashions” building. I am including both watercolor and ink drawings – almost an after and before! I hope you enjoy them!