Once again, Urban Sketchers Seattle met at a place I'd never been: The Country Village Shops in Bothell. There was a scene I wanted to sketch everywhere I turned. I'd go back every day if it wasn't 30-90 minutes away (30 min on Sunday; 90 minutes the rest of the week!).
property started as a farm, with the original farmhouse built in 1901.
Since then, the property has had a checkered existence, declining to a
"den of thieves" in the mid 1960's. It was saved by Rod Loveless, a
residential land developer, in 1979.
When I looked at the site
on the internet, I knew right away my first sketch would have to be this
crazy chicken! It was built in 2006 when Rod decided the Village
needed a mascot. It is made of recycled chunks of styrofoam and
fiberglass. The chicken is 16 feet tall.
Though it looks old, the Courtyard building was completed in 1994.
had just 10 minutes before meeting back up with the other sketchers. I
dashed off this sketch of the frog fountain in my pocket sketchbook.
There were several new people today. We shared our sketches and then had a group photo.
I have more photos of sketchers and from around the property here.