Me: “Hi, everyone. This is my first meeting. I’m am a fire hydrant addict. I need help…”
Everyone: “Hi Larry. Welcome to Fire Hydrant Addicts Anonymous.”
And so it went at my first meeting. Nice bunch of folks, and an intimidating number of dogs. All are very understanding of those who spend a lot of time looking for fire hydrants.
I reported on my sketching of fire hydrants here. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. Once I ‘discovered’ fire hydrants I started noticing their differences. And now that it’s winter people watch with suspicion as I brush snow off a hydrant and take photos of it. I think what freaks them out the most is that I act so excited. Fortunately, they don’t see the time I’ve spent on firehydrant.org, a great site for fire hydrant addicts. They haven’t seen me on hydrant manufacturer sites, looking at exploded parts diagrams of the various models. Yes…I have a hydrant problem and I hope that Fire Hydrant Addicts Anonymous can help me.
Until the addiction intervention is accomplished, though, I’m compelled to draw them. Quebec City provides some fun variation in shape, color and vintage and, well, they’re just cool. Do you have a sketching obsession?
Drawn in a Stillman & Brin Alpha (5.5×8.5) using a Lamy Safari and Noodler’s Lexington Gray. Winsor&Newton watercolors.
Cheers — Larry