I couldn’t tell you if their personal protective equipment was orange or yellow but I seem to have painted it orange so have used this illustration for today. This is another bench from Long Causeway and I think there was only one or two street cleaners. Sometimes when people are moving in front of me they end up being drawn more than once into the same scene. In this case I think there were two people but it could have been one, definitely no more than two that were included in this Bench View Revisited.
I’ve noticed that they’re so obvious in their bright clothes yet the rest of us tend not to notice them as they efficiently pass across our view doing their essential work keeping our streets clean of our rubbish. Over the years I’ve had to concentrate when they’re around and work extra fast to include them in my drawings or they’ve moved on.
“Get my good side” and “How about an art day?” were comments made to me by the workers as I sketched the end of the first 50. Each set of 50 seems to feel a bit different. I knew this time that I still had a long way to go. I had no idea what was coming though as this was months before the first COVID-19 lockdown.
My theme for A to Z Blogging Challenge is my Bench Views Revisited illustrations done from benches in and around Peterborough UK which I started in September 2019. I drew No. 88 in February 2020 then lockdown hit. I restarted the series in August 2020 which meant almost half the series were drawn pre-covid lockdown and the rest of the 190 illustrations were done post COVID-19 lockdown.