Group sketching at the Museum of Flight

The Friday sketchers group from Urban Sketchers Seattle met at the Museum of Flight today.  It would have been a perfect day for an outdoor outing, but one never knows in March.  I used some of my guest passes to get a limited number of sketchers in for free.

I sketch here all the time.  Today, I let the USk global flikcr pool’s weekly theme of “star
shapes” guide me.  I knew I could find an aircraft with a star!  This is a 1940 prototype
Mustang.

One place I’ve never sketched is the WWI environments.  I wanted to do the trenches exhibit, with it’s crashed aircraft.  But it was just tooo dark.  So I sketched this ruined farmhouse which serves as a theater.

Stillman & Birn hardbound Zeta sketchbook; Platinum Carbon Black in a Platinum Cool Pen; Daniel Smith Watercolors

Sharing our sketchbooks:

The group photo with Boeing 787 Dreamliner (#3), Concorde and a shrink-wrapped B-29 in the background.

standing:  Susan, Pat, Gwen, Peggy, Donna, Steve, Gloria, Frances
kneeling: Natalie, Tina, Kate

A few more photos are here.

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Hook!

Tonight at AFK Drink and Draw we were treated to an exuberant rendition of Hook, the film that re-told the Peter Pan story.  Our models were Loz, Joy and Patrick as Peter Pan, Tinkerbell & Hook, and Rufio.

First are the two minute sketches.  I only did two as my dinner arrived.  The first is the whole group.  The second is a pencil study of Joy as Tinkerbell.

Moving on to longer sketches with watercolor…..

Loz as Peter Pan

Joy as Tinkerbell

Joy transformed into Captain Hook!

Patrick as Rufio

All in Stillman and Birn Zeta.

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Bakery

It was such a perfect day today that after my volunteer shift, I felt I just had to go out to sketch.  It was blue sky and over 70 degrees.   I’ve had my eye on this building for quite a while.  I pass it every time I take the Light Rail into Seattle.

It’s the Franz bread bakery.  The entire time I was sketching, I was smelling the yeasty odor of bread making!

Stillman & Birn Zeta, Platinum Carbon Black in a Platinum Cool Pen;  Daniel Smith Watercolors

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Glasair at Museum of Flight

Once again, after my volunteer shift at the Museum of Flight, I did a sketch.  The Museum has had a recent acquisition of a Glasair, kit built plane.  It is temporarily on display in the
Air Park.  What we’ve been told is that is was made by a “group of young engineers” at Boeing and was owned by Boeing Employees Flying Association.

Stillman & Birn Zeta, Platinum Carbon Black in a Platinum Cool Pen; Daniel Smith Watercolors

While on duty, there were a few visitors who asked me about a Geocache located at the Museum.  It took some asking around, was eventually able to confirm it.  Of course, one does not divulge the location so they had to find it on their own.  Again, after my shift, I did my own bit of Geocaching and found it. I’d gotten a set of NASA stickers in the store to leave in the cache.  Apparently there is going to be a big Geocaching event at the Museum on May 16.

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Our first regular Wednesday outing

The first regular 3rd Wednesday sketch outing for the Tacoma Urban Sketchers was in Union Station, Tacoma.   It is a beautiful interior, full of graceful architecture and many Dale Chihuly glass pieces.  We had an excellent turn out, as well.  There were 18 sketchers, though some had to leave before the final group photo.

I chose a view from the second floor, looking through an arch to the Chihuly hanging glass over the lobby.

I had a few minutes before our sharing session at 12:30 so I quickly sketched this view through the Chihuly Monarch window.  It only took about 10 minutes.

Sketchers around the building:

Sharing sketches and our group photo, under the Chihuly Oval.

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Dressed up and no where to go

These figures are always walking to no where.  Interface is a sculpture by Phillip Levine in Gene Coulon park, Renton, WA.  I’ve sketched it many times, more since I learned there is a group of older women who dress it for various holidays.

I remembered to check it today and, sure enough, they were decked out in green.  I was tired of sketching the view looking out to Lake Washington so I put my back to the lake and sketched from the other side.

Stillman & Birn Zeta, Platinum Carbon Black in a Platinum Cool Pen; Daniel Smith Watercolors

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Strathmore watercolor post card, Lamy fountain pen with 1.1 stub nib, Platinum Carbon; Daniel Smith Watercolors; cross is photo collage

 

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Sketching the Burke

Thanks to Tina for organizing and coordinating with the Museum for our monthly Urban Sketchers Seattle sketch outing at the Burke Natural History Museum on the campus of the University of Washington.

My initial destination was a mask carved in the late 19th century that is on loan to the museum from the Hudson Museum in Maine.  It was carved by the Kwakwaka’wakw of Vancouver Island.  I’d read about this loan a few months ago.

Pentalic Aqua 3×5 watercolor sketchbook, Platinum Carbon Black in a Platinum Cool Pen; Daniel Smith Watercolors

It is likely the inspiration for the first Seattle Seahawks (football) team logo.  The designers were inspired by this mask when they found an image of it in a book.

detail on how the mask opened

I stayed in the exhibit room for “Here & Now”.  This is a modern piece by Tlingit Tommy Joseph.  It is inspired by museum pieces he saw.   Several pieces make up this “Rainforest Warrior”, made between 2004 and 2014.

Stillman & Birn Zeta, Platinum Carbon Black in a Platinum Cool Pen; Daniel Smith Watercolors

We shared sketches and had our group photo.  We were about 30 people today!

All photos here.

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Bus rider

Still getting caught up.  Saw this young woman with a great hat on the bus home from Capitol Hill sketch outing yesterday.  Sketched her but added color today.  It had to have color for that hat!

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Friday at Ada’s

Seattle Urban Sketchers Friday Ad Hoc group met at Ada’s Technical Book store on Capitol Hill yesterday (Friday the 13th!).  I took the bus to get there rather than try to find parking.  As I walked the short distance from my stop, I noticed this view down a side street.  I walked further in and sketched from the middle of a tiny roundabout.  The weekly theme on Urban Sketchers flikcr page is “pavement” so I put some in the foreground

Strathmore Visual Journal, Series 500 Mixed Media, Platinum Carbon Black in a Platinum Cool Pen;  Daniel Smith Watercolors

The bookstore has so many interesting corners and bits. There are lots of technical kits and, of course, books. Given the emphasis on technology, my first sketch was of a very high tech coffee machine.  I researched it later.  Here is a YouTube about the method.  And here is even more about it from CoffeeGeek.

Next I looked at one of the walls, with a door high up near the ceiling!  There were glowing lights in the doorway that changed colors.

Stillman & Birn Zeta, Platinum Carbon Black in a Platinum Cool Pen;
Daniel Smith Watercolors

Sharing sketches and the group photo:

I’m posting this a day late…. so remember today is Pi Day!

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