Yesterday morning I was meeting a friend for coffee downtown and had a few extra minutes. Fortunately I had my journal and supplies with me in my purse so when I passed this gentleman on the sidewalk playing his saw, I realized I had some interesting subject matter if I worked quickly. He was very engaging with his listeners, asking them where they were from, etc and asking for requests. I just stood there and tried to draw in the basics of his shape. It’s always challenging to sketch movement. I guess you just have to jump in and grab a hasty impression. I managed to sketch through three songs before I needed to move on to my appointment. I knew I didn’t have it quite right, so a snapped picture meant I could finish up later with some quick corrections. Downtown Santa Cruz is – well, let’s just say it has lots of character, including lots of characTERS! Mr Saw-man apparently hitch-hikes down from Sonoma on a regular basis to share his tunes with Santa Cruzans. And who knew that Mondays were “open request” days?? There’s always something to learn in downtown Santa Cruz!