Country Village Shops

Once again, Urban Sketchers Seattle met at a place I’d never been: The Country Village Shops in Bothell.  There was a scene I wanted to sketch everywhere I turned.  I’d go back every day if it wasn’t 30-90 minutes away (30 min on Sunday; 90 minutes the rest of the
week!).

The property started as a farm, with the original farmhouse built in 1901.  Since then, the property has had a checkered existence, declining to a “den of thieves” in the mid 1960’s.  It was saved by Rod Loveless, a residential land developer, in 1979.

When I looked at the site on the internet, I knew right away my first sketch would have to be this crazy chicken!  It was built in 2006 when Rod decided the Village needed a mascot.  It is made of recycled chunks of styrofoam and fiberglass.  The chicken is 16 feet tall.

Though it looks old, the Courtyard building was completed in 1994.

I had just 10 minutes before meeting back up with the other sketchers.  I dashed off this sketch of the frog fountain in my pocket sketchbook.

There were several new people today.  We shared our sketches and then had a group photo.

I have more photos of sketchers and from around the property here.

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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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4 Responses to Country Village Shops

  1. Very nice ~ what fun and your really captured the charm of the place

  2. JOAN says:

    What kind of sketchbook are you using? Will you take a photo of the bag you carry on these outings & your supplies? I’m in the market for a bag to tuck a minimal amount of supplies into. Do you carry a stool of some sort?

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