Playground

Because it was predicted to be 84 degrees today, I went out early to sketch.  I still had to sit in full sun to get the view of my subject I wanted, so I slathered myself in sun screen. I burn within 5 minutes…. it’s that redhead skin!  Even with the sun screen, my freckles are proliferating!

The weekly Urban Sketchers theme is playgrounds.  On one of our walks along the Green River Trail earlier this year we came across the best playground I have ever seen.  The space under the play equipment is heavily padded.  There are all sorts of fun structures and 3 slides.  There are musical instruments!  The play equipment is so interesting I wanted to play on it!  I forgot to take some photos today, but I did take some on our walk in the rain in February, here.

I would have tried climbing this, but my knees are not back to 100%.  For size comparison, he is just over 6 feet tall.

I sketched the pirate ship:

This experience of sketching was odd.  There were dozens of parents and kids around. Not a single person spoke to me.  Normally, among that many people, someone wants to look and chat a bit.  Or a child is curious.   Nadda.

I hurried on my way to the Museum of Flight for a noon “Coffee with the Curator” talk.  Today’s was Assistant Curator John Little working with the Marc Lagen Collection. “This collection offers a rare insight into the vital, yet nearly suicidal, work that was performed by balloon-based observers during WWI. ” I have a few notes but what may be more interesting to my readership here are the watercolors!   That was completely unexpected.

One of the staff knew I would be interested and let me have a detailed look at the few that were part of the collection.  They don’t know the artist, but they were obviously done on-location. These are from the Wheel Wright collection.

Staff said these are British officers. Note the “simplicity” of the furniture…. the chair on the left looks like a lawn chair.

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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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One Response to Playground

  1. miatagrrl says:

    What a great playground!

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