Swanson’s Nursery

This was an anniversary sketch outing.  It was December 2012 that we first starting meeting on Fridays.  This is the 4th December we’ve done a holiday sketch outing.  The first time we went to the Gingerbread Village and the Teddy Bear suite.  The next two years we went to the Gingerbread Village and then last year we also went to Swanson’s.  This year we decided, after last year’s experience, it was just too crowded on Friday mornings at the Gingerbread Village.  For this year and next and perhaps beyond, Swanson’s will be our holiday outing.

Many people sketched the reindeer and the camel.

Our two visiting sketchers, sketching the reindeer:  Gretchen (from WI) and Allie (from Portland).  Gretchen had sketched with us here at Swanson’s last year, too.

I did not sketch the live animals this year.  My first sketch was the topiary moss reindeer and the decorated entrance.  It was chilly but I was under cover, at least.  I had also come prepared with three layers plus my light raincoat!

I was happy to move indoors to the relative warmth of the display green house.  I sketched a display there.

We shared sketches in the cafe….

but it was so crowded we moved outside for the group photo

During lunch, we learned that Peggy (second from right, in back, in purple) had been the subject of one of Gabi’s Seattle Times columns, back in May 2012!  She is the woman who walked all the streets in Seattle.  And now she’s joining us as a sketcher!

More photos here:   https://redharp.smugmug.com/SketchOutings/2015-1218-Swansons-Nursery/

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 Swanson’s Nursery

  1. Which of these lovely ladies is you? I love your sketches – both are so wonderful, they’d make lovely holiday cards. What an enchanting outing!

  2. PS super cool celeb, Peggy! She does nice sketches!!

  3. redharparts says:

    Thanks! I’m in red, kneeling, lower left. The sketches are Gabi’s, not Peggy’s. You can’t see her sketch in the photo. Gabi is the founder of our group and the “Seattle Sketcher” for the Seattle Times. He wrote a column about Peggy.

  4. joantav says:

    Glad you were able to go inside and warm up. Nice sketches. I like the one of the topiary!

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