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Sunday, Nov. 18, Julefest at Nordic Museum

Friday, December 22, 2017

Ravens and the Mouse King

For the fourth year in a row, our Friday group sketched holiday scenes at Swanson's Nursery. Last year there was snow but this year it was just cold. We were also later in the season so the place was mobbed. I had wanted to sketch the Star Wars themed model train village but gave up due to the crowds. Same with the reindeer. In past years there was also a camel but Tina reported he'd been retired.

First, I sketched indoors as I found this charming fireplace scene with owls.


 

I braved the chill to sketch the raven sculptures, which I've often admired but never got around to sketching before.



Only a few of us were left to share sketches as best we could in the crowded cafe.



More photos: https://redharp.smugmug.com/SketchOutings/2017-1222-Swansons-Nursery/

After we dispersed, I went back to the delightful "Nutcracker Lawn".  These are from the Sendak version of Pacific Northwest Ballet's production of The Nutcracker.  It's only a few minutes away from Swanson's. I'd stopped by on my way in the morning and returned in the afternoon to sketch one of the statues. I'd learned about it from King 5's Evening.


Of course, I had to sketch the Mouse King! I added some detail of the interesting house, too.


More photos:  https://redharp.smugmug.com/MKB/2017-1222-Nutcracker-Lawn/