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!

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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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2 Responses to Swanson’s Nursery

  1. Joan T says:

    Looks like a good indoor location for nice sketches.

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