Met with the Seattle Urban Sketchers at the Seattle Public Library for a morning of sketching. The Library is a futuristic looking all-glass building that takes some navigational skills if your trying to get back to the lobby.
We got together Sunday morning at the Bauhaus Coffee Co. (E. Pine) to do the 'Coffee Culture' of the neighborhood. Good coffee can be had at seemingly every corner in the area - and there's an art supply store across the street....I had the foresight to forgo watching the Seahawks-Bears game in order to join the sketch group, good choice it turns out.
To start the new year off right, I headed out to spend this beautiful day sketching. I ended up in South Park and found this great industrial site just off the Duwamish waterway. The barge in the middle ground is the Gold Seeker out of Ketchikan, Alaska.
It was eerie how quiet it was because of the holiday, I've been down here on a work day and there is no way one could set up and sketch without being in someone's way.
Ok, not very glamorous, but it was cold and damp and I did this from Tom and Jackie's deck (but then again, from my deck you see the cul-de-sac in all it's glory). McNeil Island is the land mass behind the trucks. FYI - A cul-de-sac (literally "bottom of bag") is a word of French origin referring to a dead end, closed, no through road (UK, Australian and Canadian English). -Wikipedia.
Yea, that's right I had to look it up to make sure I spelled it right, thought I'd pass along a bit of useless information.
A couple of days before New Years I hiked out to the Lake Washington Boathouse. The view is looking Northwest to downtown Seattle (Mercer Island is on the right). I'm amazed at how much the end of the lake has filled in with sand, soil and debris. It's not seen during the summer months and I wonder if it is dredged annually. You can just see the Columbia Tower and a couple of other tall buildings peeking over the ridge and the Olympic Mountains were in crisp view.
This was a very cold day and the sketching was fast. Pen and ink with watercolor.
Beyond family, I'd say that art, sports and the quest to cook a great meal are the big priorities in my life.
I am 56 years old, and live in the Seattle area with my wife of 29 years. I have a beautiful daughter who shines as an EMT in Pierce County and I live in the suburbs, but truth be told, would rather be a city or country boy.
I love a good game of hoops and nothing makes me happier than the opportunity to draw and paint.....Time stops.
I like my brew dark, that goes for coffee and beer.
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