Monday, July 30, 2012

Richard Serra's Wake Sculpture

Richard Serra's Wake Sculpture
Sunday I sketched with California Urban sketcher Suhita Shirodkar.  I have greatly admired her work and contacted her because I will be in California. She was coming up here as a stop before Alaska.  We went to Olympic Sculpture Park which is a wonderful place to sketch.  Here was the sketch I did of Richard Serra's Wake.  I love the negative spaces this sculpture creates giving you peekaboo views of surroundings framed by the edges of the sculpture.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Union Station Tacoma Washingtion

Union Station, Tacoma, WA
This is the view from Washington State History Museum looking directly at the Union Station Building. Why are there so many railroad stations named Union Station?

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sketching in Tacoma

Saturday the Seattle Urban Sketchers met up with two other groups the Portland sketchers and Whidbey Island sketchers for a regional sketchcrawl.  It was a great day for sketching and nice to meet sketchers from the Pacific Northwest.  We look forward to more regional meet ups.
Here is the first sketch I did on the Bridge of Glass that links the Tacoma Museum of Glass to the Museum District on Pacific.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Getting a simple line

Yesterday my sketching class met at Olympic Sculpture Park.  I thought it would be a great opportunity to have them throw out their concerns about perspective and just have fun doing drawing with a continuous line.  I tried to have them do blind contour drawings of sculptures and space.  It is so hard to let go and not try to get that perfect perspective.  But I wanted them to concentrate on the quality of their lines.
Olympic Sculpture Park cushions
Here is a sketch I did while waiting for them to return.  I wanted to test out what I had asked them to do. 
After adding the greenery.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Jefferson Park View

This is what the fuss was all about!  The opening of the Park.  Here is a view of the park from the vantage of the Beacon Mountain Lookout. I was looking towards the fields, skate park, kids park and driving range...behind me which is not in the sketch was the zip line and the water park.
Beacon Mountain Outlook
Map of the Park

Monday, July 16, 2012

Taiko Drummers

Taiko Drummers
Jefferson Park Jubilee Taiko Drummers performing for the Grand Opening Celebrations.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

36th WW Sketchcrawl and a Jubilee

Yesterday was the 36th WW sketchcrawl.  Seattle sketchers organized a last minute sketchcrawl at the Jefferson Park Jubilee Celebrating the opening the this new park.  The park is located on top of two lidded reservoirs.  Great views and a beautiful park.  Here is a sketch from the opening ceremonies.  A parade of Japanese Bon Odori performers,  Taiko Drummers and Samoan Cricket players added color to the festivities. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

St. Ignatius Chapel

Today my architecture sketching class met at St. Ignatius Chapel.  So far we have had great weather each year we go there.  Today my friend Cindy Esselman taught and demonstrated Watercolor to the students she was guest lecturer,  which gave me time to touch base with each of them and talk to them about their progress so far.  Cindy and I arrived early and were able to get in a sketch before the class met.  Here is my sketch. I was trying not to subdue the colors and brighten then up. Also practiced water in the reflecting pool.
St. Ignatius Chapel, Seattle University

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Useless Bay Cafe

Useless Bay Cafe

After sketching at the Whidbey Island Fine Arts Studio Demonstration booths,  I went to Useless Bay Cafe for lunch.   This is the garden patio out side with a stage for music in the deep background. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Choochokam Arts Festival

Saturday we took a day trip to Langley on Whidbey Island.  We were invited by the Whidbey Island sketchers to sketch at the Choochokam Arts Festival.  It was a great day with a lot going on.  The whole town of Langley becomes one big arts festival. 
The Whidbey Island Fine Arts Studio has put on arts demonstrations for the last three years.  Live models sat for artist to paint, sketch and sculpted.  They also raffled off art pieces done by locale artist.  I used my last $5.00 to purchase a raffle ticket.  Sunday I found out I was one of the winners!  What a windfall!
Choochokam Arts Festival Whidbey Island Fine Arts Studio demonstration Booths.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Up at the Top

View at the top of Whistler Mountain looking down at Whistler Village and Green Lake and Lost Lake below.
The last sketch from Whistler. This is the view from Whistler at the top of the mountain.  The stacked rock man was the 2010 Olympics symbol.  Lines of people gather around to take pictures with the view behind them.  Pretty astounding vantage from up here.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Peak 2 Peak

We took the Peak 2 Peak Gondola at Whistler  which gave us an incredible view at the top of the mountain.  The span from one peak to the other was amazing and frightening as well.  The woman in the sketch couldn't look out.  You just hope that the engineering and the clamps on the Gondolas were designed well!  According to Wikipedia "Peak 2 Peak holds records for the highest and longest unsupported cable car span in the world."  The ride took exactly 11 minutes and 27 seconds.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Squamish Li'l Wat Cultural Centre

 Squamish & Li'l Wat  Cultural Centre, Whistler BC
This is a wonderful Museum in Whistler BC  exhibiting the cultural artifacts of two Canadian Tribes.
The Li'l Wat tribe was the tribe living in the mountainous area of Canada and the Squamish tribes living by the water.  Designed by TRB Architects  it is a LEED Certified Development.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Village Stroll At Whistler Village

Village stroll....or the Main Street in Whistler Village.
I really wanted to focus on the bridge in front of this building.  However, I didn't pre-plan the sketch well....It is a lesson to learn... that you want to lightly set the extents of the image on the page so you can include all you intend to in your sketch or make the appropriate adjustments. I started with the blue building and didn't leave enough room at the top or the bottom.  This was unfortunately cropped. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Olympic Plaza @ Whistler Village

Whistler 2010 Olympic Plaza
The signs of the Winter Olympics are still around Whistler Village.  This was the main outdoor plaza that was built for the 2010 Winter Olympics.  It is an open grassy area with a covered outdoor stage surrounded by the Village.  While I was sketching a 7 year old girl from Chilliwack BC came by to watch me sketch....she saw me sketching her parents in the middle of the field and ran back to sit with them so I could put her in the sketch.  Her dad was there for the Tough Mudder event (Obstacle Course race) in Whistler. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

My favorite Bridge @ Whistler

Bridge along the Fitzsimmons Trail
From our condo to Whistler Village was a short walk  across this bridge that crossed over the Fitzsimmons Creek.  Through the bridge you can see the Rebagilati Park and the Peace Park and hear the sound of rushing water amplified in the bridge. 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Whistler Village Town Plaza

Sketching on the Village Stroll in Whistler Village everything is so picturesque.  While sitting and sketching this view of the Village Town Plaza a group of middle school kids stopped by to watch and an older couple also stopped by.  The older man was also a painter and was interested in the water brush I was using to paint with.  This view was not one I  intended to sketch.  Notice the top of the building is chopped off and there was another group of buildings to the right that I wanted to include but poor pre-planning did not leave me enough room.
Whistler Village Town Plaza along the  Village Stroll.

Sketches from Whistler BC

Base of Blackcomb Mountain
Last week we had an opportunity to spend time in Whistler, BC.  Our son was taking a photography workshop up at Whistler, which gave us an excuse to go up for a vacation.  I spent my time sketching and painting different places.  It was an interesting experience.  It is so rare for people to see someone sketching that you always have someone come up and talk to you. 

This was the first sketch I did sitting at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. During the summer this area turns into a family fun center.  During the winter ski season this is the base where the chair lifts take you up to the mountain for skiing.  I was sitting sketching and met a mom and daugther who were waiting for their son/brother to finish skiing on the glacier. She was interested in my sketching because her 14 year old son has a passion for sketching.  I told her to have him keep it up!