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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.

Truck experiment

Big truck parked next to my driveway which is under construction. Jacob brought Jared back to help him prep for the concrete pour tomorrow. Preparation included picking up the big rocks, smoothing out new gravel, wooden sections, and laying rebar. … Continue reading

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Portrait practice

This is practice done from a newspaper photo. I didn’t use any pencil but started with ink, using a Lamy Joy 1.1 nib. I like the watercolor, too. Quite happy with it.

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Big Machine

For over a year the central streets of my suburban city have been torn up. There have been constant detours and slow traffic through town. This is the first location that’s been really convenient to sketch, though. So I’m channeling … Continue reading

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Opposites

From precision military flying to a now legal drug. One wouldn’t want to be high on weed when flying high, doing aerobatics! I’d read on the curator’s Instagram account that this aircraft was being prepared for shipping. It’s a Fiat … Continue reading

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Water is hard

Urban Sketchers Tacoma met at Point Ruston today.  The day started cloudy and cool so perhaps fewer people were interested in sketching.  But it warmed and cleared as the morning advanced. I chose two views of the spray area with … Continue reading

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Bloedel Reserve

On Friday I made a reservation for today to visit Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, using a complimentary ticket I’ve had for a while. Wouldn’t you know today was the first rain we’ve had in a month! It was just … Continue reading

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The OG and the Fifty

Today was Urban Sketchers Seattle’s 12th Anniversary.  We met back at the place where it all began, Fisherman’s Terminal. From that first outing, 12 years ago:  Today’s group photo, courtesy of Stephanie Bower.  She counted about 50 people representing what is … Continue reading

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A day of contrasts

Yesterday started with heavy equipment working on our driveway. Jake brought in a machine to break up and remove the sections of the driveway that Jared cut up the day before. He also brought another man and they both had … Continue reading

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Big Machine

We have to replace our damaged driveway. The first step is cutting up the concrete into sections for removal. Jared came today to get it done. The truck uses water to keep down the dust and it’s vacuumed up into … Continue reading

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Another visit to the Detail Mafia

I returned to Museum of Flight to give them the original of the sketch I did yesterday. I had time so I stayed to sketch more. I wanted to do one closer in and found an optimal spot from which … Continue reading

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