Summer in the Chinese Garden

Most people don’t realize Seattle has a Chinese Garden.  They are familiar with the Japanese Garden within the UW Arboretum but not with this garden adjacent to South Seattle Community College.  There is also a mid-sized arboretum.

This would be my 3rd sketch outing here.  I’ve already sketched the dragon carp twice, so I chose another scene.  Though I do love that sculpture!  He’s the size of a small car.

The weather was bright sun and very warm.  Some parts of the city might have hit 80 degrees today.  I picked a spot in the shade to sketch this quiet corner with a pond.

I next did a quick sketch of two statues of generals. They look like the Terra Cotta Warriors but, given their location and lack of protection, they must be copies.

There were a few new sketchers today.


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 Summer in the Chinese Garden

  1. joantav says:

    I don’t blame you for sketching that carp statue. I love it! Nice sketch of that quiet corner with the pond…lovely colors. Good job on the generals too.

  2. Re the Generals, when we visited the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an we were also taken to a nearby factory where they churn these statues out in large numbers and in a range of sizes. At least they use the same clay as the originals. If you like you can pay to get a statue made with your own face on it!

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