Ballard Locks

Though rain was finally predicted, it held off until our sketch outing was finished. A larger group than usual showed up to the Ballard Locks sketch outing today.  There were some first time sketchers and even a couple new sketchers moving here… one from Boston and one from NYC! And there was a visitor from Spokane.  Welcome all!

Here’s what the locks are all about:

It is the centennial of the locks this year.

I did quite a bit of wandering around before I sat down to do my only sketch of the day. I decided to go big… or at least larger than usual. My sketchbook today was 9×12 inches. This is the second time I’ve sketched the railway bridge open.

“The Salmon Bay Bridge, also known as Bridge No. 4, is a single-leaf bascule bridge spanning across Salmon Bay and connecting Magnolia/Interbay to Ballard in Seattle, Washington. … Built in 1914 by the Great Northern Railway, it has an opening span of 61 meters (200 feet) and has two tracks.”

While starting to work on my large sketch, a crow flew in near me. So I grabbed my tiny sketchbook to do a quick gesture drawing of it!  I later added it into my color sketch.

I asked for the stamps at the Corps of Engineers visitor center.

There are several sketchers not in the group photo as they had to leave early!  I think we were at least 30 today.

Thanks to Dan’s son, Colin, for taking the group photo!

More photos here 

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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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