Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sea World - Dolphins Vewing Area

When I left the dolphin feeding area, I couldn't resist going underground for the underwater experience. There was a constant crowd pressing up against the glass, viewing the dolphins swimming from underwater. Photo flashes would pop and people were constantly pressing forward to get a better view. I chose to sit with my back against a fire extinguisher a bit removed from the throng and I tried to catch the ever changing scene. Some parents lost interest in the underwater view and turned to their phones for entertainment. One tourist walked up to me and asked me if he could take my picture. He said his sister-in-law was an artist and would get a kick out of the work I was doing. I am amazed that everywhere I go I meet someone who has a relative who is an artist.
After this sketch was done, I battled the crowds milling around the park for the first time. I became immediately exhausted with the start and stop nature of trying to move around the park. I approached a men's room, but the line was so long that I decided to wait. Lunch was out of the question. I didn't need food that bad. I wandered the park aimlessly searching for my next sketch.

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Themeperks said...

Nice job of capturing the enchanting lighting transition in this space.

A few years ago we treated by daughter and her friends to a birthday sleepover, and this is where we unrolled our sleeping bags! In the middle of the night it's a magical place. When everything is quiet you can hear the dolphins' squeaks as they swim around you.

Anthony said...

I love these panoramic sketches you've done of Sea World. All those figures! Man! Really beautiful work.

And congratulations on your 2009 retrospective opening!

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Thor said...

Thanks everyone. I would love to sleep in this space and hear the haunting noises.