Fall sketching at Swanson’s

Urban Sketchers Seattle enjoyed an unusually warm and sunny day at our autumn outing to Swanson’s Nursery.

There were so many interesting displays and so much rich, fall color.  Though it wasn’t really an autumn display, I was fascinated by the topiary dinosaurs. “Our new Apatosaurus comes form the design work of Diane Hansen”.  It’s name is Humphrey.  The metal framework was built by Joe Acreee.

(Arches paper; Lamy EF fountain pen with Platinum Carbon Black ink; Daniel Smith watercolor).

As usual, I had enough time left for a quick secondary sketch.  This was my favorite in the Scarecrow contest.  The “magazine” is a bit of photo collage.  It is titled  Gardening for Scarecrows and contains articles “Crows: Friend or Foe?”; “Scaring crows for fun and profit”; “To Care or Not to Scare”;  “How to be outstanding in your field”. Groan.

(Strathmore Series 500 Mixed Media paper; Lamy EF fountain pen with Platinum Carbon Black ink; Daniel Smith watercolor)


Steve Reddy is missing from this group photo as he had to leave early to teach his class at Gage!  The dachshund, Hairy Truman, even joined our photo.

More photos:
https://redharp.smugmug.com/SketchOutings/2016-1028-Swansons-Nursery/

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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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One Response to Fall sketching at Swanson’s

  1. joantav says:

    I always admire topiaries and the skill in constructing them. Nice sketch of the dinosaur and the scarecrow!

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