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Showing posts with label Capitol Hill. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Capitol Hill. Show all posts

Monday, June 23, 2014

St. Joseph's On Capitol Hill

I didn't make the sketch outing yesterday since  we had graduation and birthday celebrations,  but I did go out today to Tully's on 19th and Aloha.  I went to scope out what there is to draw around that area.  My sketching class is meeting there. 

I did this sketch while enjoying the sun and a Mocha Bellacino, testing out a different media.
In this sketch I used ink with a bent nib pen.  Later I colored with watercolor pencils and finally added water with a watercolor brush.  Here are the two stages of the sketch, the first with the watercolor pencil laid over the ink line and then after with the water wash to blend the watercolor pencil.
Water wash over watercolor pencil.

Watercolor pencil over ink line sketch

Friday, March 14, 2014

Capital Hill Treasure!

The Friday ad hoc group of Urban Sketchers met this morning at ADA'S Technical Bookstore and Cafe.  What a great find!!  Located right on 15th Ave. in Capital Hill, next to Coastal Kitchen, Ada's now occupies the old ramshackle house/bookstore  once called Horizon Books.  Before Ada's took over, the entire house had a much-needed make-over.  And for a sketcher (or a techy nerd,)  Ada's is full of "treasures."  Each table in the cafe part is actually a deep wooden frame-case, covered with clear glass.  Inside the case sits a collection of padlocks, or a collection of slide-rulers, or an antique telescope and guide to the stars.  One long table contains at least a a couple hundred compasses!

Then there's the decor!  Of course there's bookshelves, and some really cool technical "toys" and games.  But also the entire ceiling is full of mobiles from which hang plexiglass-framed ?letters?   And one entire wall is made to look like two doors stacked on top of two doors.  Lights in a column of this wall turn blue, then green, magenta, then red.  And two skylights allow sunshine to stream down into the cafe, as you can see from my sketch:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Walk on 15th Avenue

I liked these two buildings, the Buckley (left) and the Sheffield (right). They were mirror images over 17th Avenue. I also appreciated the gothic detailing and the classical plantings around these buildings.


Crammed on top of Seattle's Capitol Hill is 15th Avenue. The street runs between hospital mega-structures and craftsman bungalows on its way from Madison Avenue to the University District. I had driven down the street numerous times, but I had never stopped to explore the area.

I walked into Victrola Coffee and was assaulted by a wave of noise. I staggered to the bar and ordered an oolong tea. The hostess hastily swiped my card, assumed I wanted my drink to go and hustled me on. Still dazed, I staggered to fetch a lid, looking widely for a place to sit. I finally settled on a chair outside where I drew this sketch of The Gables Apartments.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Statue of Jimi Hendrix


5/3/13 Sailor fountain pen, Stillman & Birn sketchbook

I’ve never been much of a rock fan, but I know the influence that Jimi Hendrix has had on rock music, and even I can listen to his riffs and appreciate his innovation.
 
The bronze statue of Hendrix on the corner of Broadway and Pine on Capitol Hill has been on my list of memorials and monuments that I want to sketch. Sculpted by local artist Daryl Smith, the statue captures the intense passion that I imagine Hendrix must have expressed during concerts. Leaning up against a wall of the Blick Art Materials store as I sketched, I felt that passion, too.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Capitol Hill and East

  Finally getting to the posting...

 Victrola Coffee on 15th

The A Line - NYC

  
If you've never been and have plans to go to New York, don't miss it. 
It's on the northern tip of Manhattan overlooks the Hudson River and Harlem. 
A quiet respite ... surprising and restful.

Monday, September 26, 2011


Couldn't quite finish this drawing of the First Church of Christ Scientist on Capitol Hill before the raindrops came. What a surprise to see how this Seattle landmark has been converted into twelve condominium apartments. Check out the floor plans at The Sanctuary's website: liveatsanctuary.com.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Dodging Rain Drops

We were lucky to dodge rain drops at our sketchcrawl this morning.  The sun actually came out for a bit so we were able to see light and shadow.  I waited at my spot long enough to capture the light and shadow on the east side of the building.   We had a few new people show up this morning Sara, Clayton, Robin and Jess.  Contact us if you want to join the google group and blog.  There is a Google group subscribe widget on the side bar of this blog.  The google group will let you know before hand where we are going to be sketching.
This is the sketch of the east entry to the First Church of Christ Scientist.  It would have been wonderful to go in and see the interiors but it has been made into condominiums.

Friday, September 23, 2011

SketchCrawl This Sunday September 25th 10:00 AM

This Sunday we are meeting for a sketch crawl on Capitol Hill by Group Health and First Church of Christ Scientist.  Rain or shine we will meet up at 10 AM on the corner of 15th Ave East and East Denny.  If it is miserable and rainy we will just walk down the street towards the cafes on 15th and sketch under the awnings or in the cafe's.
Hope to see you there.










Wednesday, March 23, 2011

03.19.11_modern seattle townhouses

sketched on an early spring day. it was sunny and just warm enough
to be comfortable while taking the time to make the sketch.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

safe in the city


what a treat to get out the fingerpaints after such a dry spell! was great to see you all and share this great spot with its magnificent views of the city, warm and dry in clouds of coffee mist! i managed one sketch each from the windows of Bauhaus and Victrola coffee establishments.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Bauhaus Coffee and Dog Park on Pine St.






Friday afternoon I took my son and our dog Bijou to the dog park on Pine St. and saw these great urns. Just down the block was a wonderful coffee house with a lot of character Bauhaus Coffee.
Great place to go.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Red House & Red Roof



Sketch friends --
I'm pleased to join you all on this new site!

With our recent warm weather I've been enjoying walks around Capitol Hill and decided to draw one of my favorite old houses on Bellevue Ave.