The meet up with Urban Sketchers Seattle at Ballard Locks on Sunday was a fast paced event. There were so many sketchers to greet and so much to see and do I had to make quick sketching decisions. Before venturing any further, I decided to draw where we first gathered at the Visitors Center. With beautiful plantings of exotic botanicals as a background, the symbolic castle in front of the Visitors Center communicates vision. The castle is the logo of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Designed around 1840, the Corps Castle logo still looks grand and impressive in 2017.
|Administration Building and lock waiting boats|
Continuing the theme of grand and impressive, I next drew the administration building. I liked the layers of shapely trees, historic architecture anchoring the locks, wayfaring boats and green water rising and falling.
|Salmon Bay Bridge|
Lastly, I sketched the parade of boats as they majestically moved beneath the Salmon Bay Bridge before entering the locks.