Rain in the Chinese Garden

A small group of Seattle Urban Sketchers met with Australian artist Jane Blundell this afternoon for an ad hoc outing at the Chinese Garden.  I was relieved I’d picked the Chinese Garden rather than the Japanese Garden as we needed the shelter provided there.  It rained off and on all afternoon.

Despite that, I managed to get my sketches done in between the periods of rain.  When we were last here in April, I sketched the full side view of this sculpture.  Today I thought I’d try another view of “The Dragon Seeker”.

A carp becomes a dragon…. this is the “Dragon Seeker” sculpture.  According to traditional Chinese tale, a carp that could leap the high falls of the Yellow River at Dragon Gate (near Longmen, Zhejiang) would be transformed into a dragon.  This Dragon Seeker was made in Thailand over 100 years ago. More recently, a Seattle couple had it in their garden in Kuala Lumpur.  When they returned to Seattle, they donated him to the Chinese Garden.

I sat under a stand of bamboo for this view of the backside of the Garden structure.

Kathy beat the rain with a large umbrella!

We shared our sketches and had the group photo.   The Dragon Seeker was popular today.


Kate, Adriane, Joyce, Marian, Kathy; Jane Blundell (kneeling).

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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 Rain in the Chinese Garden

  1. Wow, I’m blown away by how active the WordPress community of sketchers and artists are – you really get around!

  2. violetski says:

    Beautiful paintings!❤️❤️❤️

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