Sunday, May 18, 2014

Boots at Oxbow Park

This is the 2nd time I've sketched the boots which are now located at Oxbow Park. I get lost walking around the neighborhood every time I try to find them. The Hat and Boots remind me of my dad because he used to like to stop at the gas station where they originally were when I was a kid. I think I'm going to try to find some just like them to wear. Today there were a lot of kids running around  the park and people who took turns sitting on the boots. While I was sketching I heard a sound behind me like a water fountain and discovered a little 3 or so year old boy had decided to reenact the Brussels Peeing Boy fountain and was using me as a target. Almost had an unusual bit of mixed media but managed to just miss the line of fire.
 I am also reposting the first sketch I did at the park August 2012.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

MOHAI "Drawn to Seattle Sketcher in Residence" 3-22-14

Fun afternoon as "Sketcher in Residence" Session 3-22-14 at MOHAI "Drawn to Seattle" Exhibit featuring the work of Gabi Campanario. Inspired, talented, and enthusiastic group of new urban sketchers came by see the exhibit and try their hand at some urban sketching!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Seattle Retro Display at the MOHAI. Rainier Beer, Lincoln Toe Truck, and other famous Seattle artifacts. The best of all the sign from the old Dog House Restaurant. My dad loved that place and it was a nice familiar feeling to sit and look up at that sign again after all these years. Great sketch outing to start off the new year and to help celebrate Gabi Campanario's incredible MOHAI Urban Sketch exhibit "Drawn to Seattle."

Port Orchard Totem Pole at Yukon Do It Marathon Start

I ran the Yukon Do IT Marathon in Port Orchard on December 29, 2013. It was my 17th marathon and my 7th this year in my quest for 8 in a 365 day period to bump up to "2 Star/Silver" level Marathon Maniacs. I had never been to Port Orchard and was looking forward to route and contrast in scenery along the water after having run 6 other marathons since last spring --Whidbey Island, Tacoma City, Seattle Rock n Roll, Bellingham Bay, New York, and Seattle. I went to Port Orchard the day before the race to pick up my race number and made a day of it with my friend Laura to check out the course, do a sketch, and see if I could find a winery. I discovered this great totem pole at the marathon start so sat in the car to do a sketch before heading off to find a winery. After the sketch, we drove to Lakebay WA and found a great winery called Trillium Creek Winery where we met the owners Claude and Claudia who were gracious hosts and had a romantic story. It was an all around wonderful day. The downside though was that Claude and Claudia were quite generous with their pours and I discovered that wine tasting + 1 hour sleep the day before a marathon is not the best pre-marathon routine and an excellent recipe for being almost last to the finish.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Gallery North Sidewalk on Main Street and Cafe Louvre ~ Edmonds, WA

Gallery North and Cafe Louvre in Edmonds hosted The Seattle Urban Sketchers exhibits this month. During the artwalks for the month some of the sketchers sat outside and around the exhibits sketching as part of the shows. During the opening I sat in front of Gallery North and did a sketch of the sidewalk on Main Street and later in the month I sat at Cafe Louvre and chatted with other sketchers while I did a quick sketch while doing a very quick sketch while things were closing down for the night. Edmonds is a
sweet little town with cool spots.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Portrait of a Youth ~ Boehms Candy Store, Issaquah

This month's sketchcrawl at Boehms Candy Store in Issaquah included an interesting tour of the store led by our gracious host clad in a Swiss-type outfit. It was my birthday that day so this open book to the page, "Portrait of a Youth" caught my eye. My favorite part about this back corner of this upstairs room in the Chalet was the back wall, the window glass, and the red lamp. I didn't even notice the little green baby girl until I sat down to draw. I thought I should stop and leave out the wooden figures on the back of the wooden nook, and leaving them out would probably have made for a better overall sketch, but something wouldn't let me They seemed like they were watching over the little green girl, looking back on their own lives, wondering why they let some of their dreams fade away, why they worked so hard pushing their carts and taking care of their livestock, and why they got so fat drinking the beer from their barrels.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Lucky Charms and Miss Moon Cricket at the Seattle Waterfront on Hempfest Day

The August Seattle Urban Sketchers sketchcrawl just so happened to be on the same day as the Seattle Hempfest...the same day the the Seattle Police Department's Public Affairs Office gave out Doritos with a sticker on the package highlighting the details of the new Washington marijuana legislation I-502 (See: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Duuude-SPD-to-hand-out-Doritos-at-Seattle-Hempfest-219637441.html). As I walked the waterfront looking for a good sketch subject, I passed these two. Their sign said, "We need Like Seven Dollars." I gave them 10, and asked if they minded if I sat and sketched them. They told me their names were Lucky Charms and Miss Moon Cricket. While I was sketching, two Seattle Park Rangers came by and told them some tourists told them that the two were shouting profanities. Lucky and Miss Moon yelled over to me to ask me to confirm that they hadn't said anything profane. I said, "No, I didn't hear anything," and proceeded to talk for a bit to the Rangers. After they left, Lucky asked me, "Do you know what our sign means?""No, I said." "Like Seven Dollars - don't you get it?" "Ah, yes I get it!" Miss Moon told me to please make sure to draw the Xs on the eyes of "Herald the High Owl" and Lucky mentioned that Herald and his little pink friend's "Feed Me" sign, does not really pertain to actual food. Lucky Charms and Miss Moon Cricket were in Seattle from Portland for the Seattle Hempfest.