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Sept. 22: Columbia City

Sunday, May 17, 2015

I wanted to sketch everything!

Once again, Urban Sketchers Seattle met at a place I'd never been: The Country Village Shops in Bothell.  There was a scene I wanted to sketch everywhere I turned.  I'd go back every day if it wasn't 30-90 minutes away (30 min on Sunday; 90 minutes the rest of the week!).

The property started as a farm, with the original farmhouse built in 1901.  Since then, the property has had a checkered existence, declining to a "den of thieves" in the mid 1960's.  It was saved by Rod Loveless, a residential land developer, in 1979. 

When I looked at the site on the internet, I knew right away my first sketch would have to be this crazy chicken!  It was built in 2006 when Rod decided the Village needed a mascot.  It is made of recycled chunks of styrofoam and fiberglass.  The chicken is 16 feet tall.

Though it looks old, the Courtyard building was completed in 1994.


I had just 10 minutes before meeting back up with the other sketchers.  I dashed off this sketch of the frog fountain in my pocket sketchbook.

There were several new people today.  We shared our sketches and then had a group photo.

I have more photos of sketchers and from around the property here.

1 comment:

  1. Great location, fun outing! Thanks for the lovely sketches and photos. I'd love to sketch there again.