Monday, March 24, 2008

More Seattle sketchcrawl

I rode the monorail back to the downtown area and went to the market. I sketched some of the fish at the Pike Place Fish Market.

At the end of the market I sketched some of the homeless guys milling about, as well as others who were just enjoying the fresh air.

I met dh at Tully's for a delicious hot tea and to check email. I added color with my small watercolor set and my waterbrush. When I got home, I realized I hadn't sketched the Space Needle, so I made a quick sketch from a photo I had taken.

Seattle sketchcrawl

While in Seattle I decided to have my own personal sketchcrawl. I started at the Space Needle, and made this sketch with one of those Magic pencils that has a multi-colored lead--it was the only thing I could dig out of my bag at the time.

I walked down to the Olympic Sculpture Park and enjoyed all the sculptures. It was COLD and windy, but if I was out of the wind, the sun felt great. I sat at this man-made beach and sketched. Added color later, but made color notes.

A passing freighter.

For some reason this slowly turning sculpture held my interest. I watched it for a while from the eye benches, and sketched the different shapes. I want one for my yard!!

I had to sketch Calder's Eagle. Calder is one of my favorite artists. Added watercolor pencil color to it later in a warm place, but the color is not quite right.

Even more Seattle

Sketches from the plane going back to St. Louis

Waiting in Seattle...

And on the plane to Seattle. Sorry about the reverse order.

more Seattle

More waterfront sketches...

These cranes in the distance look like large orange giraffes.

It was cold, so I retreated to the hotel lobby and sketched some there.


Dh had a meeting in Seattle and I went with him for a few days. I sketched in the airport,...

... at the waterfront...

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

challenges 159, 152, 128,147 and 158

Challenge 128: draw the view looking through a doorway into another room. Ok, not the greatest view, but a view all the same.

Challenge 147: draw or paint something made of wood. This is a wooden cowbell from Africa, and I was told Ethiopia, but I have no real proof of that. It makes a pleasant woodblock sound, and I can imagine that it would be very pleasing to hear a group of cows moving and wearing cowbells like this. My grandparents had it in their stuff and it caught my eye/ear.

Challenge 152: draw a nut. Here are 2 cashews, one in a very AA Milne style and the other a badly-scanned, even when tweaked, pencil drawing.

Challenge 158: Popcorn, a staple in our house.

Challenge 159: a favorite kitchen utensil. This pizza cutter is terrific and still very sharp, but the handle is coming off and it's probably not safe to use it. I've replaced it with a plastic Cutco cutter, but this one served us so faithfully for years that I can't toss it yet.