Well, I didn’t draw any birds but I also didn’t throw any stones! Today was the 42nd Worldwide Sketchcrawl day. I spent it as the “Sketcher in Residence” at MOHAI. This is part of the continuing exhibit by Urban Sketchers founder and the “Seattle Sketcher: Gabriel Campanario. The exhibit is called “Drawn to Seattle: The Work of Seattle Sketcher”
Each Saturday one of us is there to demonstrate sketching, encourage others and provide information. I did three sketches myself.
The first one was during a delicious lunch at the Compass Cafe. I looked out the window at the Victoria V, one of the historic boats moored outside the museum. It was once part of a large fleet of passenger and freight carrying ships linking the islands and ports of the Puget Sound.
Next I situated myself in the exhibit space with windows looking out to South Lake Union. The space was designed so that there would be opportunity to sketch from the windows.
I told some of the visitors that I was “channeling Carlene“. I showed them her sketches in the display. Normally, I would probably have drawn all the details of the building in the middle distance but thought of how deftly Carleen indicates such detail with a few lines and a little color.
Unexpectedly, the Space Needle did not have a 12th Man flag flying today. So I pulled out my artist’s license to add one! Next to the window is one of Gabi’s drawings, affixed to the wall as a sort of stuck on stencil.
There was a gathering of remote-controlled sailboat enthusiasts sailing their boats around the pond in front of the museum. They are just visible in my above sketch.
Finally, I did a very quick sketch of one of the children who stopped by to visit.
I wish I would have kept track of how many people came in to sketch. There were lots, most of them children. A few adults had lots of questions for me about my kit and about Urban Sketchers. I had fun talking with them and these breaks for conversation gave the paint time to dry. I am often too impatient to wait long enough and end up with colors bleeding where I don’t want them.
Bob and Kay were familiar faces. Kay reminded me that I’d been in a watercolor class with them. Bob did the most complete sketch of the day:
Most of the sketchers who joined me floated in and out so I didn’t get a group photo.