Portland visits MOHAI

Seattle Urban Sketchers hosted another sketching outing to MOHAI to see the Gabi’s exhibit.  This time it was to meet up with the Portland Urban Sketchers who came up to see the show.  All my photos are here.

I’ve written about it before but just to remind my gentle readers, this is the work of the “Seattle Sketcher: Gabriel Campanario.  The exhibit is called “Drawn to Seattle: The Work of Seattle Sketcher”

As I waited for the Portlanders to arrive on the Bolt Bus, I did a quick sketch from the International District square looking back at the clock tower of King St. Station.  I had to color it later as the bus arrived early!

The weather was once again rainy, so we mostly sketched inside the museum.  I was one of several who sketched the big red Swift Sure boat from the window of the cafe.   It is a 1904 129-foot lightship, covered in plastic to protect it from the winter weather.

As usual, we shared out sketches and then had a group photo.

Urban Sketchers group from Portland, Seattle, Tacoma and one from eastern WA!

Sharing our sketchbooks:

During our sketchbook sharing, Darcie showed us his well-designed sketch kit.  It is available here.

I finished painting my earlier sketch up in the exhibit.  Frank Ching was the “sketcher in residence” for MOHAI that afternoon.

From the windows in the exhibit, we saw some unusual sights.  This one is the stand-out juxtaposition. The women in tutus are part of an event that was some sort of scavenger hunt race all over downtown…. juxtaposed against the formal wedding party getting into a stretch limo

After lunch, I wandered the museum again.  I’d wanted to sketch this case of railroad artifacts before.  It was in a room with a very noisy hands-on railroad exhibit.  On other visits, I couldn’t cope with all the noise from the kids playing with it.  Today there were few children there so I took the opportunity of silence to sketch the case and the sign above.

I went with the Portlanders back to the ID.  We took in the Salon Seattle 2014 at Union Station.  It was hosted by the International Salon of Decorative Painting   I read about it in the Seattle Times.    There are more detailed photos in my album, linked above in the first paragraph.

We had dinner at Uwajimaya food court before they had to get on their bus back to Portland.  After dinner, I took a swing through the Kinokuniya Bookstore.  I didn’t find anything I wanted but I did see this display of Grumpy Cat stuffed toys, with which I’ll
leave you.  I thought that many grumpy faces was amusing.


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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3 Responses to Portland visits MOHAI

  1. Reblogged this on Martha Keim-St. Louis' blog and commented:
    I would love to see that whole sketch carrier. You have a great bunch, it seems.

  2. Tina says:

    Great post and sketches — and I love the photo of the wedding party/tutus (only in Seattle — or maybe Portland!)!

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