On Saturday, after a morning of ten-pin bowling, I sketched the tail end of the Farmer’s Market. Davis Farmer’s Market is a popular place on a Saturday, but it’s also held on Wednesday afternoon. There is often music playing (I once sketched a group called the Putah Creek Crawdads, and in May I sketched Jenny Lynn and her Real Gone Daddies – bands with a fatherly name are popular here!) and the playgrounds adjacent in Central Park make this a destination for Davis kids (and Davis Moms). Every time I take my own son here we bump into other kids he knows, and it’s the same for adults; the morning after I gave that book talk back in February I bumped into about five or six people here who recognized me. This really is the city’s meeting place, the Davis equivalent of the Roman Forum. I sketched this on larger paper than usual (this drawing is about 8″x10″, but annoyingly just slightly too big for my 8″x10″ frame for some reason). I did all the penwork, sat beside the Hotdogger stand, but by the time I was done the market had left and so I added colour later.
Below are some other sketches I have done at the Farmer’s Market over the years. I don’t sketch there often (what with my thing about sketching in crowds) but what a fun place to draw!