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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Crisp, Sunny Morning in the ID District

What a great day!  No rain.  It was a beautiful perfect fall morning in the ID district.  The light was great, the sky was blue,  I even had to squint to draw my building.  This is a rarity in Seattle, especially when we come into fall and winter, but the timing was perfect for the 29th WW Sketchcrawl.  We had many more people than are shown in the picture.  Probably between 15-18 showed up.  I wanted to draw an iconic storefront building and found later that this building located on 7th and King was one of the first buildings to be built in the ID district.  The sketch was challenging to me and it is not one of my better ones but some days it works and some days it doesn't.  The second and last sketch I did was one I have been wanting to sketch for a very long time.  It is the Standard Cafe noodle bowl sign.  This is such a wonderful sign  I have always loved it.  Standard Cafe is no longer in existence.  I hope they don't take down the sign.  It should be on the historic register.  It is up there with the Hat and Boots!


  1. I love your technique Gail! It feels so spontaneous. I ordered a Sailor pen - thanks for the tip - literally!
    Greg Oaksen

  2. As always, Gail, such FABULOUS lights and darks!!

  3. I keep returning to this one, Gail, but I love both these sketches!