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).