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.
Interesting. This made me think of a place near where I live where the whole back yard has these items a painted in bright orange… (Clemson fans I supposed) but that’s what this sketch made me think of. Visiting from the annual A2Z Blogging Challenge
Thanks for popping by. I know nothing of American Football and had never heard of Clemson. I can see how the colour made you think of that now I’ve looked them up. Hope your AtoZ is going well. I’ll pop over.
I particularly like the smudge of the watercolour to show their movement!
Thanks Jemima. They do move pretty quick and get their jobs done very efficiently that when you’re drawing them you can easily miss them if you don’t focus and concentrate.
Another nice drawing. I’m a bit partial to orange as it is a popular color in East Tennessee where I moved from when I came to CA. It’s the color of the sports teams at the University of Tennessee. Not that I’m a big sports fan, but it just connects me to that part of the country. I frequently wear my bright orange cap when I go out of the house.
Tossing It Out
Thanks for the comment. I don’t know East Tennessee and should have realised using a colour would evoke memories. I’ve started buying and wearing more orange coloured clothes as I get older. I’m sure people like to see your bright orange cap. Orange is such a bright cheerful colour.
Lovely lively sketches
U drawing those essential workers swiftly is fantastic
Dropping by from a to z “The Pensive”
‘Lovely lively sketches’ – I’ll take that.