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Friday, June 10, 2016

Two Churches & Two Towers

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.

I 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 with watercolor.

I 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

Oh, 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.


  1. I see a theme here in the subjects! ;-) Great to have you back, Kate -- we missed you.


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  3. Nice drawings, I really like them. I was trying to learn to draw too. But I didn't know where to start, so I find a research paper helper, make a research and know, at least, I have the information basis. So I'd recommend using a similar technique to everyone who wants to start drawing from scratch.