I sketched with the Corvallis Sketchers last weekend at Beekman Place Antiques, and choosing what to sketch was a real challenge!

sketch of shelf items in antique store

“Beekman Place Antiques”, mixed media by Kerry McFall

I hadn’t been in an antique store for quite a while, and it was kind of a shocker to realize that most of this stuff was what I grew up with!  Antiques used to be really old… but this was all so familiar.  So I looked up the definition of antique, which seems pretty clearly agreed upon that the object must be 100 years old at least.  Whew… I decided that a whole bunch of this was vintage, not antique, and that made me feel better.  One definition of vintage I found is “properly defined as something of high quality that demonstrates styles of the past.”  Okay, I can live with feeling familiar with so many vintage items!

And there was so much of everything!  Small, large, rusty, shiny, every nook and cranny was filled with fascinating things.  It took me a long time to decide where to sketch in the rambling building, and even then I had to work really hard to focus on just a few central pieces.  These weren’t the most beautiful, or the most valuable, but the doll looking at the price tag caught my eye, so here it is!  True confessions: I did work on it a little more at home, filling in the background and doing some highlights, and you’ll see from the photo below that I took a few liberties with what to put in and what to leave out.  As I so often do!  But then, that’s what makes it art, right?

“Photo Beekman Place”

Will definitely be going back, as the crew there at Beekman were so welcoming and pleasant.