At the pier

Urban Sketchers Tacoma met at the pier for our sketch outing yesterday. I’d sketched the big red fire boat before so I was looking around for something else to catch my eye and interest. Then the cafe on the landing put out its big pirate skeleton!

He became the basis for my montage of the location. Next I stood with AJ on the pier to sketch the fire boat from a distance. Lastly, I sketched a view of the rest of the pier.

I was trying the Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook again. I’d partially filled it on a trip late last year. With that last sketch, I felt like I was fighting the paper to get the effect of reflections on the water. So many USk’ers like this paper/sketchbook. I keep trying but there is no love. Back to real watercolor paper.

In an effort to fit into a smaller bag and carry less, I finally filled my Pocket Palette. It does work well.

I wanted extra mixing area so I also clipped on this cheap, plastic mixing tray.

We had a good sized group:



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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