We met this chilly morning in the Chinatown-International District. It was barely 40 degrees, cloudy, and threatened to become rain later. But about 30 intrepid sketchers met at Hing Hay Park in the heart of the ID.
From there I branched out to sketch an historic spot that has been on my list for years! The original Chinese message board is at 7th & King
on the side of the Louisa Hotel. It was installed in the 1960's and even predates Chinese language newspapers in Seattle. In 1982
Seattle Chinese Post was first. It was how the people communicated. It's just this green board on the side of the building. On the right, in the distance, is the China Gate and the King Street (Amtrak) Station clock tower.
It was the coldest part of our sketch outing time. My hands were encased in fingerless gloves covered by mitten ends except my right index finger, used to hold the pen. It got so cold I gave up, went to find some coffee at Uwajimaya complex, and sat with Roy while I added color to my drawing.
After getting warm I headed out again to a spot I'd initially noticed on my walk over to the park from the light rail station. It was a view of the classic China gate with the historic Smith Tower rising over. It was nearly throw-down time so I decided it looked good enough in just ink.
It was wonderful to see so many people braving the weather, so many new people, as well as Nishant again, visiting from Vancouver, BC. By the time of the throw down, we were rewarded with sun and a little warmer temps.
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