Weed

Just a small sketch of a pretty weed found under the mail box.

I have a cold.  Yuk.  Probably got it at the convention this weekend.  I don’t feel that bad and at first thought maybe I had allergies again.  Now it’s definitely a cold.  Drat.  I have plans!

I was awake in the middle of the night so I’ve caught up on this week’s Sketchbook Skool videos.  I’ve not felt like being outside to paint the sky, which is the homework.

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Norwescon

I’m back from 4 days at Norwescon.  Wanda drove up from Portland to go with me and we shared a room.  We got back to my home Sunday afternoon.  I’m still catching up on 4 days with no internet!  The hotel offered free wifi but the bandwidth was so poor it took more than 5 minutes to connect to anything so I gave up on that Thursday night!

This is my thumbnail summary page

Thursday’s thumbnail is a woman in authentic Viking garb.  I attended a panel about Viking clothing and those people really knew their stuff.  The next one is Friday on which I depicted the old car out in front of the diner where we like to eat, which is across the street from the Con hotel.  Next is Saturday, which displays a bit of geek humor.  Below the room number 404 is a handwritten note, “Room not found”.  Last is Sunday, which shows an egg atop a thermostat in the hall.  The Con ran an Easter Egg hunt for the kids attending.

I didn’t take as many photos around the Con because my 2nd best camera, the Canon G12, had to be sent for repair.  I didn’t want to haul around the big DSLR, so I only took photos with my Nexus 5.  They are all here.

I attended 4 different art panels.  Two were discussions and two were figure drawing sessions with costumed models, some of whom I knew!  This is my favorite of the group and it’s a sketch of someone with whom I acquainted from the SCA and other fan-doms.

My second favorite was of a woman who wasn’t in costume at all.

I had a lot of difficulty with this paper.  It is Fabriano 90 pound cold press.  My usually fast drying Carbon black ink wasn’t.  So I was fighting with the paper to be able to sketch quickly during the 20 min poses.  As can be seen in this one, the ink smeared in a very unattractive manner:

Finally is this portrait of Victoria, though it doesn’t quite look like her:

A couple photos.  Since I was using the phone camera, I tried a selfie.  This is Wanda and me (I’m at left) as we were leaving for the Con.

My Friday hall costume was somewhat obscure.

It is base on the “momma” Grimm from the TV show Grimm.  Even those who asked what I was didn’t know it as they never saw the show.  Ah, well.  I like it.

The Author Guest of Honor for Norwescon 38 in 2015 is George R.R. Martin, of Game of Thrones fame.  He was invited in 2012 and replied (paraphrasing what we were told)” Can’t do it this year.  Not in 2013, nor 2014. How’s 2015?”  So there it is.  I expect the attendance for next year will spike but I already have my tickets.  One of the volunteer staff at reservation said they expected to be sold out prior to the start of the Con next year.

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Eggs & Peeps

It’s the time of year when the bunnies leave eggs and there are lots of bright yellow chicks.

Normally, I’d not post these happy sketches until Easter day, but I will be otherwise involved on Easter.  Hopefully, there will be sketches!

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Tulips

This is a house near where I live.  I notice the charming porch and loads of tulips as I drive in and out.  Today was again beautiful weather….. bright blue cloudless sky and 65 degrees.  Perfect time to walk down the street to sketch this scene.

A young mother with 2 small children stopped to look and talk.   Both she and her about 5 y/o daughter said they liked to draw.  So I told her about Urban Sketchers and gave her a card.  I showed them both my kit.  The little girl brought me a dandelion.

A sunny sketch outing was my reward for the hard work whipping the back yard into shape yesterday.  Spring cleaning is done there and the pots are ready for tomatoes.

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Danny Woo Garden

Seattle Urban Sketchers met at the Panama Hotel tea room in the International District.  However, the weather was so beautiful, most of us sketched in the Danny Woo Community Garden across the street.

It was a perfect spring day.  I dressed for the 40 degrees it was when I left home to take the light rail into town.  On the top of the hill in the garden in full sun, I took off two layers and was enjoying the warmth in just my t shirt.

The views between the trees from the hill were spectacular.  I sketched a bit of the pea patch with the clock tower of King St. Station in the distance.

Then just a quick sketch of a stone lantern found further up the hill, outside the pea patch area.

There were 10 of us today, sharing sketches after.  All photos of sketchers are here

Sharing our sketches in the Panama Hotel lobby

Besides the two sketches, I took a lot of photos around the garden and then as I walked to the waterfront area.   They are all here.

Panama Hotel on Main St. It has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. The hotel is significant for its association with the immigration of Japanese to the USA. I also has one of only two surviving Japanese public bathhouses in the country.

Since I was already in the city center, I rode another 2 stops on the rail in order to walk down to the waterfront to see Stephanie Bower’s exhibit, “Sketches of Paris”   http://www.stephaniebower.com/

It was wonderful!

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Day at the Museum

It’s Thursday.  I’m back on my regular schedule at the Museum of Flight.  I covered the movie desk today so did a sketch of what I could see in the lobby from my seat.

I noticed these schoolgirls being silly on a bench.

But I missed seeing 3 of the new 787 Dreamliners on the flight line!  One of the staff told me later they’d been there and all took off, one after the other.

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Art Abandonment

I’d not heard of this until I saw an ad for a book in a magazine.  It seems like a nice gesture.  Art Abandonment is explained on this one page blog.  The book about it is available from North Light.

I have some watercolor postcards.  Maybe I’ll doodle some simple sketches to leave out in the world.

There is a Facebook group on which to leave record of one’s abandonments.

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Oldest House?

I went back to Georgetown (Seattle neighborhood) today to do a photo survey of possible sketching locations for an upcoming sketch outing.

According to the map I found, this is the Hoffeditz Maertens House which was built in 1891.  The info on the map says it is the oldest house in Georgetown.  According to the unofficial local historians at the Carleton Street Grocery, it may be the oldest house in Seattle.  Since Seattle was settled in 1851 it might not be.  Though maybe it’s the oldest one still standing.  The house has remained in the same family.

I got the line drawing done but then it started to rain.  So I finished the color later.  So much for beautiful spring weather.  It lasted one day.

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Day at the Beach!

This was the best Spring day yet in the Seattle area!  It was about 70 degrees, the warmest day so far.

I was planning to go to Georgetown to catalog some places to sketch for the Seattle Urban Sketcher’s outing later this month.  But I forgot my reference maps at home.  I realized this when I was almost at the exit off the I-5.  I thought about where else I could go and decided to go to Alki Beach in West Seattle.  It was an excellent decision.  The beach
was beautiful.

This was the first day for sun protection:  I needed both my straw hat and sun screen lotion!  My arms started to turn pink as I sat sketching!  I had the foresight to toss my hat in the car.

I did two sketches from the same spot but looking in opposite directions.  The first one is a relaxing view of Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains in the distance.  A woman sits on the beach, reading.

In the other direction is the city, with the Space Needle and houses in the distance.  The beach is full of people and there is a paddle boarder on the water.

While sketching, I met the authors of Seattle Stairway Walks.  Cathy & Jake Jaramillo stopped to ask, “are you one of the Sketchers?”.  They had seen Gabi’s exhibit at MOHAI!

All the photos are here.  But here are a few.  This is the spot where Seattle began.  There are more photos and details of the monument in the album.

Everything is blooming!

Walked from the West Seattle Metropolitan Market to a bridge on Admiral Way to get this view:

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Tacoma Sketch outing

Tacoma Urban Sketchers met at Engine House #9.  All the photos are here.

From the website:
“It was built in 1907 and was the last station in Tacoma to convert from horse-drawn to mechanized equipment in 1919.  Engine House No. 9 was in service until 1965 when it was abandoned and fell into disrepair. …Win Anderson and Bob Lane purchased and restored the building, converting the lower floor to a tavern and the second story into an apartment.Today the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.”

It is practically a museum of fire fighting equipment.  My first sketch is looking through to the bar with parts of fire hoses lining the window ledges.

In between rain showers, I stood outside to sketch the entrance.

We had a goodly number of sketchers join the outing.


group photo by “Redorblack” (Scott M)

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