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!