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Saturday, Dec. 9: Wallingford Center

Friday, February 26, 2021

Ninth Sketch-versary


Today is the 9th anniversary of my first sketch outing. It was with Urban Sketchers Seattle at the Stimson-Green Mansion on First Hill.

I had about an hour and a half between the end of a Museum volunteers Zoom call and my grocery pick up. It was sunny and warm-ish so I decided to go out for a sketch. I didn't have anything particular in mind so I just drove down a street on which I'd never been before.

At first I thought I might find something interesting and beautiful to sketch for this anniversary. When I saw this scene, though, I thought about making the ordinary interesting.

The thing about sketching, and the Urban Sketching movement in particular, is it's important to just keep sketching…anything…the subject sometimes hardly matters. What does matter is that there is a spark of interest. I found these power poles interesting and my challenge was how to keep the sketch from being too busy.

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