This was a day of two churches and two towers. Kathleen suggested we meet for today's sketch outing on Queen Anne Ave W in the Queen Anne Hill neighborhood of Seattle. It is an ideal neighborhood... very walk-able with lots of interesting cafes, restaurants, shops and buildings to sketch. Thanks, Kathleen!
As I got on the freeway at 8am, I
immediately saw a warning sign: "6 mile backup due to emergency road
repair". Oh, no. I'd considered taking the light rail and the bus and
wished at that moment I had. But I knew my way via 1st Ave, so got off
the freeway and took the surface street all the way. It took an hour,
but at least I was moving. And I saw some interesting sights along the
way. "henry" is a fairly well know muralist.
Still, I arrived at 9am so was an hour early.
selected the bell tower or cupola of the Baptist church as my first
subject. I took a break after finishing the ink sketch to meet with the
rest of the group at 10am. Then back to the same location to finish
walked down Queen Anne Ave. and saw the juxtaposition of the church
steeple and the radio tower (I looked it up later and it's actually a TV
tower). I wandered around until I found the perfect location from
which to sketch it. Directly in the sight line was the patio of an
apartment building so I climbed the steps and sat 20 feet above the
street to get this view. The steeple even had gargoyles.
We met back to share sketches and take a group photo.
Back row: Vivian, Natalie, Anne, Nilda, Suzette, Kathleen
Front: Suzanne, Tina, Ching, me
and today was my first day back with USK Seattle since mid-April! It's
good to be back. Perfect, sunny 70 degree day. The rain didn't start
until I was almost home and even then it only lasted a few minutes.
all the photos are here.