This past weekend was Linux Fest NW in Bellingham. We go every year. Himself attends both days. I pick and choose. This year I only attended one panel and it was a disappointment as it wasn’t quite what I’d hoped. For non-computer-geeks, Linux is an “open-source” (free and adaptable) operating system. It’s an alternative to Windows and Mac that has become more mainstream in recent years but still requires more expertise than using Windows or Mac.
Mostly I sketch, wander around town, and go to art, craft and book stores!
We drove up on Friday afternoon. Deborah at Daniel Smith suggested we detour off on Chuckanut Drive. The weather wasn’t the best but at least it wasn’t raining. We stopped at a couple view spots. At this one, near Chuckanut Manor restaurant and B&B, the bay seemed to have a Nessie-like creature.
After dropping Himself off at the venue on Saturday morning, I drove around the corner to sketch this amazingly purple Victorian. It was pouring rain so I was fortunate the be able to park in a location with the view I wanted. I kept having to run the wipers to see my subject. I tried a new technique… drawing only with pencil. This is an 8×10 in a 9×12 Canson Montvall watercolor sketchbook. If I use the entire 9×12, it doesn’t quite fit my scanner.
Soon it was time to join Urban Sketchers Bellingham at noon for their outing to Wander Brewing. The ability to travel and meet up with other USk’ers is one of the many great things about Urban Sketchers. It was a fun outing and a nice group of sketchers.
A couple sketchers had already left by the time we had the throw down and group photo
On my way to await Himself finishing the day, I drove past this burger joint. I pulled in to do another sketch from the car. I finished just as he called me to pick him up.
I have to mention our Saturday night meal. On Friday we went to Boundary Bay Brewing and it was FAR too noisy. We went back to a place I’d stopped on Saturday afternoon: Village Books and their Colophon Cafe. It was so delightfully quiet. I had the best sandwich I think I’ve ever had: “B-BAT” is their take on BLT but it’s Bacon, Basil, Avocado and Tomato.
I brought 4 original sketches to abandon as I’d done them in Bellingham some years ago. I left them around town where I’d sketched them. This last one I left at the venue for Linux Fest.
Sunday was wash and repeat. Again, after dropping Himself off, I went back to Home Skillet as it wasn’t raining. I didn’t go inside today, either, as there was still a line. It’s so wacky and colorful I rather wished I’d asked to just peek inside. I sat on a stool near the street to sketch Velveeta. It’s my favorite sketch of the weekend.
Photos from 27 April Friday drive to B’ham
Photos from 28 April Saturday
Photos from 29 April Sunday