Two sketches

This afternoon, I finished one sketch from last Friday.  I had arrived early at our sketch outing at the University of Washington.  While I love Gothic architecture, I also find it overwhelming to draw.  I had about a half hour, so I thought I would just do the three arches over the entry doors.  This also fit the Urban Sketchers’ weekly theme.  Oh. My.  Even just that small section of the building was too much for the time I had.  I contented myself with just finishing the drawing of one arch.  I painted it today.

Today I went to Coulon Park to check on  “Interface”, the sculptures of walkers that some women dress up for the holidays.  It wasn’t dressed today.  As I was driving out of the park, I spotted these planes on a train!  This scene always amuses me, no matter how many times I see it.  These are Boeing 737 fuselages on their way to the Renton plant.  They were stopped for a bit of time, enough for me to get the drawing done.

I’ve been liking the Stillman & Birn Beta.  However, today I was annoyed.  I needed to scrub the highlight on the fuselages and the paper did not perform well.  It’s 180# cold press but still, it doesn’t accept much scrubbing.  Hmmm.  Still ambivalent about my paper and sketchbook choices.

Stillman & Birn Beta (7×7 spiral);
Platinum Carbon Black ink  in a Platinum Cool Pen
Daniel Smith Watercolors

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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 Two sketches

  1. Joan T says:

    I think you did a great job on the impression of the details in that arched doorway, and I like that you left the rest of the sketch bare. That’s an unusual train but a nice sketch. I think we are all on a search for that “perfect” sketchbook, and nobody has found it yet. lol

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