Urban Sketchers Seattle made special arrangements to sketch inside the historic local Stimson-Green mansion. It is owned now by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. It is located in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood and was built 1899-1901. It displays an historically intact interior.
This was the venue for my very first sketch outing with Urban Sketchers, back in February 2012! I was interested to go back and see how far I’ve come.
My first choice was an upstairs room. It might have been a bedroom since there was a bath connected. Today it seems to be a parlor. I initially wanted to sketch the corner with the period table and chair along with the artifacts on the table. Just as I was about to start, Natalie sat in the chair. I warned her she would end up in my sketch! And then Steve Reddy came in and set his stool in the bathroom! Both ended up in my sketch.
I had about an hour left so I wandered around a bit. I went up to the empty 3rd floor, which I had not seen on the previous visit. The staff person said it was mostly servants quarters.
Then I sketched some details of the huge fireplace in the sitting room downstairs. Though the lion holds a shield, there are no Arms on it, just a carved heraldic rose. Hmmmm… maybe the conversation in the room is meant to be “sub rosa”? (“under the rose” means that anything said there is to be kept secret).
We shared our sketches around the large dining table. It was a large group today. Perhaps the good turnout was a combination of the chilly rain and the opportunity to see this historic home.
Some photos but not very many https://redharp.smugmug.com/SketchOutings/2016-1120-Stimson-Green/