Bainbridge Island

Many of us would have been attending the 5th Annual Urban Sketchers West Coast Sketch crawl this weekend. However, several months ago it was cancelled. So we in Seattle decided to have a weekend of sketching anyway! This was the second of 3 intensive days held yesterday, August 12th.

We took the ferry together to Bainbridge Island. A couple people drove on but most of us walked. It was a short walk up a slight hill to the main village on Bainbridge Island, formerly known as Winslow. There were also local sketchers from the island and other(s) from Port Townsend.

This was my first experience of doing this though I’ve lived here 17 years! I can’t imagine why I never did this before! The village is charming and the entire experience delightful. Because I live south of Seattle, in actually takes less time to drive around than to take light-rail into Seattle, walk to the dock and take the ferry over. In fact, it took me 3 hours to get home because the ferry was late. That’s why I’ve never taken the ferry! Despite having been on Bainbridge a few times, I’d never gone to the main village.

Our base was the Bainbridge Museum of Art. It is a beautiful place with interesting exhibits. The front desk volunteers were so friendly. They were interested, even excited, to have us there.  We gathered there in the morning and then for the sketchbook throw down in the afternoon.

I wandered through town a bit. I just didn’t seem enough time to do justice to the number of sketching choices. I settled down on a patio to sketch this restaurant sign that caught my interest. I struggled with the sketch to the point that I really didn’t like the result and almost wasn’t going to post it. I’ve cropped it to show the part in which I was most interested. I learned (again) to decide on the focal point and zoom in on that.   I also think it might have been better had I left some areas unpainted.

The sign under the fork and spoon is a bit of collage.

Harris is missing from this photo.

After we gathered for sketch sharing, I stayed in the Museum while others went to see a Studio show further out on the island. I enjoyed the show of sketches by Bill Hemp, “Bainbridge A to Z”. Later I sketched the roof top garden.

A few more photos here:


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 Bainbridge Island

  1. joantav says:

    I’m glad to see that your group of determined sketchers didn’t let the fact that the sketch crawl was cancelled stop you from sketching. Looks like a great place and love the sketches from both days. I was disappointed not to see you in Chicago…maybe next year in Porto!

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