Swanson’s Nursery

Friday Sketchers visited another location to celebrate the holiday.  Swanson’s is a very large nursery in Seattle’s Crown Hill neighborhood in Ballard.  They were beautifully decorated for Christmas.

I arrived about a half hour early so wandered around the site looking for what I might want to sketch.  I made a lot of photo images and they are all here.  I think I even spotted local celebrity chef, Tom Douglas. I didn’t approach him as I’ve never been to any of his
restaurants or read any of his cook books!

My first sketch was of a bare tree with glass bird feeders. I thought they looked like Christmas bulbs.

After all the chaos of the small children feeding them, the reindeer calmed down and took a rest.  It was a good chance to sketch them.

I settled in the warmth of the cafe to talk to Gretchen, visiting sketcher from Madison, WI.  While at the table I sketched the small koi in the pond next to my table.  In the other pond, there were some huge fish, one was about 2 feet long (see photo album, linked above).

This was one of the better turn-outs.  We were 13 sketchers but Gretchen, unfortunately, had to leave early.  I forgot to even get a photo of her.  We used the class room, set up for Santa photos, to show our sketches and take our group photo!

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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2 Responses to Swanson’s Nursery

  1. Joan T says:

    Looks like a good indoor location for nice sketches.

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