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Friday, August 11, 2017

Cool in the Sculpture Park

Many of us would have been attending the 5th Annual Urban Sketchers West Coast  Sketch crawl this weekend. However, several months ago it was cancelled. So we in Seattle decided to have a weekend of sketching anyway! This was the first of 3 intensive days.

Several sketchers enjoyed the cool weather as we sketched in this park close to Puget Sound. Except for the smoke still in the air (from the forest fires in BC), it was a perfect day.

My first choice of subject was one of my favorite sculptures in the park: Wake by Richard Serra (2004). "The towering, curved-steel forms were achieved with computer imaging and a machine that once made nuclear submarines. Wake is composed of five identical modules, each with paired S-shapes—gently curving serpentines of convex and concave sections suggesting tidal waves or profiles of battleships."  



On my walk around the park, I'd stopped under a canopy with tables and chairs to look at The Eagle by Alexander Calder (1971). I returned there to sketch this unusual view of the sculpture. It was one that featured prominently in sketches today.





For our group photo, we're standing in front of Curve XXIV (1981) by Ellsworth Kelly.  "Although its silhouette at first appears abstract, Curve XXIV suggests an autumn ginkgo leaf or a billowing sail." It was Pam's first sketch outing with us today!  (She is standing behind Kathleen and me, in the pink shirt).  Welcome, Pam!! 



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