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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.

Last Flight

One of the perks of being a volunteer for the Museum of Flight is knowing when interesting things will happen. These are not the events advertised to the public. I was there a little more than a year ago when … Continue reading

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Cabela’s sketch outing

There had just been a significant wind storm yesterday. It is still blustery and raining today. The Urban Sketchers Tacoma Wednesday outing was further afield… all the way down to Cabela’s in Lacey, WA. So it was a smallish group … Continue reading

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A wonderful 10 years.

What an amazing day! Yesterday, at 1pm, Urban Sketchers from around the Seattle area began to gather at King Street (Amtrak) Station. We were there to celebrate the Urban Sketchers 10th Anniversary with a 24hr Global Sketchwalk. USk chapters from … Continue reading

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Muppets at MoPop

Friday sketchers met at MoPop…The Museum of Pop Culture (formerly known as EMP…Experience Music Project). Since I hadn’t seen it yet, my first stop was the Jim Henson exhibit. I looked forward to sketching muppets and I wasn’t disappointed. There … Continue reading

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Visiting USk Port Townsend

During a previous visit, I’d walked through the Palace Hotel in Port Townsend but didn’t take the time to sketch there.  When the Urban Sketchers Port Townsend announced a Wednesday outing there, I thought it would be a good time … Continue reading

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Two Art Shows

Up and out by 8:15 this morning to get to the Museum of Flight by 9am for a members only Artist Meet and Greet with Jim Dietz. His show, “Wood and Canvas: WW I Aviation Art” is at the Museum … Continue reading

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There’s always a first time

As a group, we’ve never been asked to leave a venue. Today was a first. One of us had called last week and we thought we had permission but there was obviously a misunderstanding. The pub we’d planned to sketch … Continue reading

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Witness to Wartime

When I first heard about this new exhibit at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma I knew I wanted to see it, preferably sooner rather than later. Witness to Wartime: The Painted Diary of Takuichi Fujii is open until … Continue reading

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Happy Fountain Pen Day 2017

I use a fountain pen every day. I write my journal with a black Lamy Safari with De Atramentis Document Brown ink. I sketch with fountains pens, usually a Lamy, and always using Platinum Carbon Black ink.  It’s the best … Continue reading

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Inktober Final Week and Two Days

It’s a wrap!  The final stretch to the finish.  October 22 through 31. On Sunday, October 22, we were still in Portland.  Before leaving, I made a dash to pick up some VooDoo Doughnuts.  I found these mobile units in … Continue reading

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