Before, During and After

The Friday sketching ad hoc group met at Westlake Center today.  It seemed like it would be hot again, so we planned to start at 9am. Turned out to be overcast and very pleasantly cool.

I’ve mentioned several times here but to reiterate:  I’m working on a summer long project to sketch, in their locations, each of the 25 “Astronauts on the Town” which were commissioned to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Museum of Flight.   I used this sketch outing to see three more of them.

I left very early and arrived by light rail at about 8am.  I used the extra time to go to the Four Seasons hotel to get my first astronaut before the outing started.   This is “I Declare this Day” by Barry Johnson.   In the background is the Great Wheel on Seattle’s waterfront.  This is a 2 for 1:  an astronaut for the collection and a new sketch for the Urban Sketcher’s flickr group’s weekly theme, which is “wheels”

After meeting up with the sketchers, I took the trolly down to Portage Bay Cafe to see Plantstranaut by Nicole Do & Emily Simmons

On my way back, I had time for a more traditional Urban Sketch.  This is a statue of John McGraw in the McGraw Square Plaza near Westlake Center.  It was dedicated in February 2011.  He was the state’s second governor in the 1890’s.    “…. of all his accomplishments in life, he was most proud of standing firm against those who tried to extract Seattle’s Chinese American community — which he viewed as against the Constitution and their right to liberty.”

We met back at Westlake Center to share sketches and have our group
photo.  Several sketchers stayed to have lunch and see the free concert at noon.

I walked down to Hard Rock Cafe to get one last astronaut.  This is
Kit the Caboodlenaut by Janet Pheifer.  It had lots of bits so I’ve included a couple detail photos.


Sketching astronauts before, during and after the sketch outing brought the total to 14 out of 25.

More photos 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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2 Responses to Before, During and After

  1. joantav says:

    I love catching up on your astronauts. Each one is so unique and well done! What a fun thing to do.

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