Next Sketch Outing

Oct. 13: Seattle Center

Monday, June 27, 2011

Another view of the Montlake Bridge from one of the walkways that border the Montlake Cut as well as a view looking toward the University Bridge and I-5 from Montlake Park. As Gail has already mentioned, it was nice to see some new faces and some great work as well.


  1. The bridge detail sketch is a mini masterpiece!

  2. I love the black and white contrasts and just the suggestion of the foreground with limited line. Beautiful!

  3. These types of drawings remind me of John McNeil Whistler's "French Set" and the early John Marin etchings of european waterways (Marin in particular, he was an architecture student before turning grand artist). Etching onto copper quickly and on site, they were of this same sketcher credo. Of that heady era in Paris and on their breed of urban sketching, Matisse later wrote, "Moreau told us, "don't only go to museums. Go out and draw in the streets. This is in fact where I learned to draw...we were trying to draw people in the streets to discipline our lines. We tried as quickly as we could, what is characteristic in a gesture, an attitude. Didn't Delacroix say, 'we have to be able to draw a man falling from the sixth floor?' "