Posts Tagged ‘Seattle’
Forget about what you think you know about Seattle… That it’s a grunge music, hippie infested place that rain’s all the time… Open your mind, make it go blank and let me paint you a picture of what I experience and maybe you’ll think different about this wonderful town.
As I headed up north I too had that same misconceptions you all had, but that all changed once I got into Seattle. Ok yes it was partially raining, but it is a place that is swimming in art (no pun intended). The art district of Seattle stretches several blocks long with dozens and dozens of art galleries, and street art.
While I walk down Fremont Street, I notice the difference from all the other art cities, that there is a more youth presence with the community, a lot of young artists art painting freely in random spots like the one park I walked by or on the corner of a street, I spoke to an artist that is just sitting on a crate painting away as she has a vision of the scenery just ahead of her, she’s just painting just for the fun of it, she say’s that she comes to the exact same spot every Saturday and paints the people that are walking by.
“There is always something new to paint” say’s the artist; she uses watercolor and paints pedestrians walking by. The hustle and bustle this city has inspires her to paint a rustic blur that resembles people moving fast like as if a photographer took a photograph and left the shutter open.
I ask her what makes Seattle art scene so unique. She goes on about how the arts impacts Seattle so much, how much it has grown as an art community in the past decade and how artist in this town thrive on inspiration here; that the creativity is astonishing, that so many artist have their different styles and use their surroundings to make their artwork.
We continue to talk for about 30 minutes and she goes on how she’s been painting on this corner for about 7 months, how painting brings this clam tranquility to her. Seattle is surrounded by so many things that get not just her but other artist’s creative juices flowing. You have the water near them, like Seattle’s famous Fisherman’s Wharf, the trees that surrounds the city and the mountains just an hour or so drive from here. “To each his own” she said.
I understood at this point that so many people in Seattle use something so simple like nature, and the things around them to create beautiful works of art. It’s amazing that what I thought before I got here, was so the complete opposite. As much as I can explain it, you won’t get the full understanding; you have to be here yourself.
With that said, when you do come here, get yourself a cup of coffee, walk around town and embrace what this city has to offer, and trust me, you won’t be disappointed…
For more information about Seattle visit: http://www.seattle.gov/html/visitor/points.htm
Article by Jasper Gonzales