Two Red Bridges

It almost feels like spring!  With the bright sun and briefly, even 60 degrees, I couldn’t let the day pass without going out to sketch. But where?  After considering a number of locations, I decided on Kubota Garden.

I was there last June with the Urban Sketchers Seattle’s Friday group.  We went to sketch the new Terrace Overlook.  I remember wandering the garden with a map I couldn’t quite follow, looking for the bridges.  It was so hot and I got so tired, hungry and thirsty that I gave up.  So those bridges became today’s objective.

Moon bridge

Heart bridge

More bridges of a different sort.  I saved them to sketch next time I’m there.

And I succeeded in finding both bridges.  I did something that has often been recommended but which I never do:  thumbnail sketches for composition and values.  I guess I should do that more regularly as I liked today’s results.

Moon bridge “symbolizes the difficulty of living a good life. ‘Hard to walk up and hard to walk down'”.  It is very steep and actually is hard to walk over.

Heart bridge crosses the creek.  It is like a traditional red bridge on Mr. Kubota’s home islands.

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 Two Red Bridges

  1. Very nice scenes you capture both in photos and with your art

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