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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.

Madoka

Rhiannon as Madoka.  So many flouncy petticoats and pink!  She’s a magical Anime character. First, the 1-3 minute poses, done in pencil. Then 8-10 minutes sketched with ink and watercolor.

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Top Pot

Top Pot Donuts are some of the best in Seattle.  I’ve noticed these Top Pot vehicles for weeks now.  They seem to be in permanent storage in a lot next to a nondescript building with no signage.  Today I had … Continue reading

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Fort Steilacoom

Urban Sketchers Tacoma has never been to Fort Steilacoom. Though it was an unusual day and time, there were still a dozen sketchers. The weather was so perfect that everyone elected to sketch outside. In retrospect, I didn’t find it … Continue reading

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New books, new bag

Recently I wrote about the new Strathmore Watercolor Travel journal sketchbook. I thought it was expensive for what it was and that I could quickly and easily make a similar item. Which is what I did today…. times four. The … Continue reading

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Project Completed

On February 28, 2018 I began my most ambitious sketch series yet. The idea was to document the disassembly, transport and reassembly of the Museum of Flight’s B-52. It is now the focal point of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park, … Continue reading

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Dedication

This morning I attended the dedication of the Museum of Flight’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park. It was a major event with an estimated thousands attending. The predicted weather might have been an issue but at least the rain held off … Continue reading

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First in the series

I decided to start a new series:  the lamps in the McMenamins Elks Temple in Tacoma.  All McMenamins properties have the most amazing collection of lighting.  Since I’ll likely be at this one often, I decided to devote a pocket … Continue reading

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U District Street Fair

It was a long train ride and then a confusing bus ride to get to the meeting place for joining Urban Sketchers Seattle for the U (University) district street fair.  This was my first time there but it was the … Continue reading

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Blue Poppy Day

Every year, the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden hosts Blue Poppy Day to celebrate the blooming of this unique poppy. Urban Sketchers Tacoma has gone a few times to be included in the “Festival of Art and Nature” which features visual … Continue reading

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Payload Bay

Met up with a group of sketchers from Kent today at the Museum of Flight.  At least two of them are members but still gave them my standard orientation. Made a quick trip over to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park … Continue reading

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