Street Art (Supply) Walk

Artwalk, Seattle, Washington

My sister invited me to join her and her friends on a field trip featuring art. It was a trip to the art supply store Blick, in Seattle. What better opportunity to combine art, street art, photography, and friends. Even a trip to buy pens and pencils can be a walkabout with the right attitude.

It’s part of the photographer’s job to see more intensely than most people. He must have and keep in him something of the receptivity of the child who looks at the world for the first time or the traveler who enters a strange land.
— Bill Brandt

It is easy to see art everywhere in Seattle. When I look at the acronym WSDOT (Washington State Department of Transportation) my brain turns it into "WHYNOT." Why not take the ferry? Why not go to Seattle? Why not write a blog about it?

The view from the WSDOT ferry, approaching Seattle.

The view from the WSDOT ferry, approaching Seattle.

We met at the Bainbridge Island ferry and entered the city on a beautiful day. I love to watch the approach to cities from the water. The small buildings, bridges, signs, and attractions grow before your eyes as you get closer and closer.

Street Art in Seattle.

Street Art in Seattle.

The famous skyline grows and increases until you depart the boat and buildings tower over your head. The bustle of people walking off of the ferry always makes me feel like I am on a travel trip. Pioneer Square is relatively quiet so we take some time to window shop. Shoes? Some bling? Such colors and shapes held behind glass facades.

I allow myself some child-like wonder to wander the streets of Seattle.

The underground light rail system takes us one step closer to our destination.

The underground light rail system takes us one step closer to our destination.

Window shopping for shoes. Bling at  Diva Dolls

Window shopping for shoes. Bling at Diva Dolls

If I could afford these, I would.

If I could afford these, I would.

Colorful street bikes.

Colorful street bikes.

The Blick art supply store is a feast of color and shapes. Popular culture lives in a toy store for young and old. I was looking for only pencils and paper but enjoyed the visual treats throughout — colors, shapes, design ideas, and fun tools filled to the brim. I think that artists struggle between the acquiring of things to make art, and actually making works of art. There are so many cute little gadgets that are fun to hold and buy. I don't paint, but oh, to own those thick and vibrant colors! I want to eat them.

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Beautiful individual sheets of craft paper call to me. Markers of all shapes, sizes, and colors ask me to take them home. "Look! You too can be an artist. Just take me with you." I want to wallow in all the potential that fills the shelves to the ceiling.

Photo paper?

Photo paper?

Not just any eraser, but the perfect eraser.

Not just any eraser, but the perfect eraser.

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Holiday shopping.

Holiday shopping.

“I can do that!” You too, can be an artist, if you shop well.

“I can do that!” You too, can be an artist, if you shop well.

We tussle with our goodie bags and make a stop at the bookstore. Equally enticing. My sister encourages me to check out a Mr. Spock (Star Trek) version of "Where's Waldo" but I gave away so many books in 'The Great Purge.' I can't bear the thought of buying books to eventually give them away, or sell them at a yard sale for one quarter. I am trying very hard to make more use of the public library, and I only purchase used books now.

Wishful window shopping at  Diva Dolls.

Wishful window shopping at Diva Dolls.

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At lunch, Pam, Janice, and Susan are intrigued by my blog "Whelan on Walkabout." They ask "what kind of blog would you write about a trip to the art supply store?"

An adventure does not need to be in an exotic location to be a source of street photography and a meaningful life experience. Photography is about seeing. Travel is about experiencing something new. Every trip can be a journey. That is what life is about! Everyday experiences like shopping in an art supply store, can be filled with surprise, beautiful colors, shapes, fun, and new friends.

"Any trip can be a walkabout if you bring the right attitude," I reply.

Share the love with Jimi Hendrix in front of Blick Art Supplies.

Share the love with Jimi Hendrix in front of Blick Art Supplies.

So, here are my street photographs from that day and my short blog about street art and a trip to the art supply store.

Thank you, Susan, Pam, and Janice for a fun day in beautiful Seattle.

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Doughnuts in with window, just a couple to take home.

Doughnuts in with window, just a couple to take home.