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Sept. 22: Columbia City

Monday, December 17, 2018

a weekend of USK

This was my first visit to Swanson's Nursery! It lived up to the hype. I'm a houseplant enthusiast so I appreciated the variety here, and I ended up buying some stuff....for me and for my friend who is getting married next week. The café was great, love the soft/bright greenhouse light, and of course being surrounded by plants. I would come here to hang out if I lived nearby.

Seattle Urban Sketchers took over the big table!

I sketched the reindeer in the last few minutes before throwdown. A nearby mom turned a special moment into an educational opportunity...I guess? Had to capture it in my drawing.

The Sunday meeting was in a very different space from Swanson's - sterile instead of warm, metal instead of wood. This was 1/4 of a 360˙ view I shared with Tina, Kathleen, and Susan.

I was very attracted to the tall buildings outside the windows so I started my drawing by using them as landmarks, making sure I got all negative spaces in to keep some white areas. Then I used some opaque Nicker poster paint - which I've just started playing with - for the metal window panes. using values for these instead of line made them way less of a pain in the butt to deal with. And just going over it once more in a darker or lighter value gives them dimension!

Finally in pen I added in the library patrons. As I sketched, I realized that most of the people at the tables had quite a lot of backpacks and bags with them. I'm glad there's a space for these folks to go and stay warm and dry during the daytime at least. The library is one of the only places in the city where you can go and use free WiFi, go to the bathroom, etc, and not get chased out or have to buy something.

by the way, the scanners upstairs (also in most Seattle Public Libraries) are good quality, fast, and free! I scan all my sketchbooks and anything larger than 8.5x11" in them, including these drawings!

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