After coffee at Hearbeat Cafe (see previous post), I could see that the Cambrian Plaza Farmer’s Market had come to life, and I headed over.
Sometimes I decide what my sketch is about and keep to that first story that caught my eye. Other days, I let the story unfold and capture it as it happens. When you visit the market regularly, you see new stuff arrive every week as spring turns to summer in the Bay Area. I started this sketch with new entrants to the market over the last couple of weeks: english peas and fava beans.
Then I let the sketch grow organically, adding people as they stopped to select produce and stepped into the cool shade of the stand to pay for it. I even recorded this really cool cycle that stopped by for just a bit.
Every market has atleast one vendor who is the life of the market. Saturday markets have Larry of Hummus Heaven. I stood besides him sketching, listening to him chat with his customers and their dogs and speak passionately about his products. So many customers came and asked for their usual and Larry knew just what they wanted. With others, he explained bits of the process, like how he made his sweet labneh. (There’s no added sugar in his sweet labneh. Just a wee bit of vanilla. How does that make it sweet? Well, milk is sweet, but not aromatic, so there’s not enough to cue “sweet” because so much of taste is smell. Add in vanilla and you get an aroma that tells you taste buds they taste sugar!)
It’s no surprise that by the time I was done sketching, I’d picked hummus and some pillowy pita bread to take home with me.
Part 1 of this post is here. You can be sure there will be more from the farmer’s market soon. It’s getting exciting and I cannot wait for stone-fruit season!
If you love the idea of sketching people but find them daunting to draw, you might want to enroll in my 4-week online people sketching workshop starting this Saturday.(last couple of spots left!) Get a taste of sketching quickly using the principles of gesture drawing with this little video clip:
Read more about the workshop and sign up here. Last few spots available.