New library

Many sketchers favor coffee shops on cold, rainy days.  It’s a good place to get in some people sketching.  However, my suburban town only has a couple tiny shops where it might be too obvious what I’m doing.

I’ve decided the newly renovated libraries may well be a go-to place for such incognito people sketching.  It was raining, but not cold, today.  I decided it would be a good day to see the newly re-opened downtown library.  These two quick sketches were done with fountain pen in new Field Notes “workshop companion” limited edition series.

on the left is a watercolor wash test; paper accepts it well.

The downtown Renton library has undergone a year long renovation.  Well, renovation is an understatement.  It was gutted.  There were no walls intact.  Only the frame was left after demo.  But we’re all happy it still spans the river.

Like the also newly renovated Fairwood library (up the hill in Renton), it has wide open spaces and a large meeting room with sliding doors.  There are lots of computers and desks.

But, surprisingly, not very many books.  The fiction section is about 4 rows of shelves barely 4 feet tall.  The nonfiction section is somewhat larger.  However, one can request a book from any other King Co. library, so I suppose there isn’t a lot of reason to have a large selection at any one library.

More photos of the library here.

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 New library

  1. JOAN says:

    My, my! What a lovely setting for a library! Spanning a river, tons of windows (glad I don’t have to wash them hanging over the water) We have many branches of library in our system, rows and rows of book shelves but never seem to have the books I’d like to read. I haven’t been without a library card since age 6, lifelong reader and lover of books. Having a library is vital to my quality of life, along with a bookstore, a nice coffee shop (we only have Starbucks now) everything close by, those are just some of the things that I can’t live without. Oddly enough, our library has very few places where one can sit down. One or two small tables that are always occupied.

    I’m glad to read a report about the little notebook being compatible with water media…very good to know. I love the little Field notebooks and the colorful, interesting series they come out with annually.

  2. joantav says:

    Nice sketch of the library patrons. Love the library spanning the river…what a location!

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