Saturday, October 20, 2018

November 2018 outings

First Saturday November 3:  Pierce County Maker Fest

10 am to 3pm

AgriPlex at the Washington State Fair Events Center. It is on the south end of the fair grounds.  

Meet at 10 am at the Urban Sketches Tacoma booth (location to follow - please check back here). 

Our 1st Saturday sketch outing for November will be at Makerfest. This will also be the only outing this month.  We'll have a booth from 10  am to 3pm at which we'll have various demos about Urban Sketching.  Please bring a 5-10 minute hands-on activity to share.  The sketch outing portion will be sketching the event. 

It's to be held inside the AgriPlex at the Washington State Fair Events Center

Enter at the Green Gate

We will have a  10’ x 10’ space with one 8’ table, and two chairs.  The chairs will be for those staffing the booth.  Please bring your stools for sketching around the complex.There will be more information to follow so please check back here prior to the event.  The final letter has not yet been received from the organizing group.  For example, it is not yet known exactly where our booth is located.


Second Thursday:
Gig Harbor sketching is on hiatus until January


Third Wednesday, November 21:
Cancelled as it's the day before Thanksgiving

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Point Defiance in the fog

We met at the Pt Defiance Marina on a very foggy morning. It was unfortunate that the view was obscured.

Is there anything out there?

The numbers of sketchers shifted throughout the morning. At one point there were 9 sketchers. But at the throw down, there were only 4 of us left.

Even before the fog, I'd decided I was going to decamp over to the Japanese garden. I'd missed that sketch outing last month and wanted another chance at it. I'd sketched the shrine some years ago but am no longer happy with that sketch. Today the tree behind the shrine was a red as the Tori Gate!

"Inspired by Japanese architecture when it was built in 1914, the Pagoda and its surrounding gardens are a signature of Point Defiance Park. Serene pools, a waterfall, a picturesque footbridge, cherry trees, azaleas and rhododendrons surround the Pagoda on its perch above Puget Sound." (from the website)

"Surrounded by a Japanese garden featuring pools, a waterfall, a footbridge, sakura cherry trees, and an authentic Shinto shrine and Tori Gate presented by Tacoma’s Sister City in Kitakyushu Japan, the Pagoda serves as a venue for garden shows, classes and community celebrations."  (from the website)

--Kate Buike

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Ready for viewing

Ready for Viewing

The Urban Sketchers Tacoma show at the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum is set up and ready for our close up!  The title is "Sketching Tacoma and Beyond".  This poster was made by Mark Ryan.


Monday was drop-off day.  KaCe and crew (Bob and Lori) were organized... right down to a sign on the door so we'd be sure to go in the correct one.

On Tuesday another crew hung the show.  Mark directed Bob, Lori and myself. Kace stopped by to deliver the labels. We had it mostly finished in about 2 hours.  After a lunch break we put the final touches on it.  I learned a lot of good tips on how to hang a show! 

The opening reception is Thursday, October 18 from 5-8pm during Tacoma Art Walk. Foss Waterway Seaport Musuem, 705 Dock St, Tacoma, WA 98402. 

USk Tacoma sketchers are invited to come sketch and interact with the public during the reception.

--by Kate Buike 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Nice day on campus

We were fortunate to have a beautiful, sunny day for sketching, though itwas a bit chilly at first. We met on the patio of the Wheellock Center, the student union.  From there were spread out across the campus of the University of Puget Sound and then returned for our sketch book throw down.

Thanks to KaCe for taking the photo.

My first stop was the library to see an excellent exhibit of drawings by local artist Mark Hoppmann. They were mostly in ink. I enjoyed this exhibit very, very much. The drawings were wonderful. That he displayed his sketchbooks was an added delight. The staging of the exhibit was delightful, with so many small artifacts added to the cases. I found the method for displaying sketchbooks quite clever. It allowed the viewer to see more than one page. Now I really wish I'd gone to the "sketch-in with the artist" last Wednesday!

I wandered around looking for the observatory dome and couldn't find it. So I sat on the grass to sketch this scene at the corner of the library.

Then I turned to my left and there was the observatory! But I moved for a better composition.

I'm leaving this as an ink drawing for my Day 6 Inktober.

More photos. 

-- posted by Kate Buike

Friday, September 21, 2018

October 2018 Sketch Outings

First Saturday October 6: University of Puget Sound

Wheelock Student Center,
entry off N. Alder St. between 14th and 15th. in Tacoma, WA.

We’ll meet at 10:00 AM outside the Student Union. aka "The Wheelock Student Center".  If the weather is good, there are many interesting views to sketch around this beautiful campus.  If not, we can sketch from inside the union, looking out through the windows.  Meet on this side of the building, as pictured below and on the map. 

It is building 54 on the map.  Parking Lot P1 off Alder Street allows Visitor parking. 

Printable campus map:
Interactive Campus map:!ct/18259,18488,18491

Of interest is an ongoing art exhibit of multi-media art by Mark Hoppmann.  He is a Tacoma artist working in watercolor, ink, and graphite.   The exhibit is in the Collins Memorial Library.    Of further interest is a "Sketch-In with the Artist" on Wednesday, Oct. 3, Collins Memorial Library, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. In collaboration with the Slater Museum of Natural History, Mark will sketch museum specimens of local wildlife that has inspired his art.  This is not Urban Sketching but may be of interest to our sketchers.  There is no formal outing planned to this event.


Second Thursday, October 11: Harbor History Museum

4121 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

This will be the last sketch of the year in Gig Harbor. We will resume in January 2019.  

 Admission is Free.

The Harbor History Museum is a regional maritime and history museum in Gig Harbor, Washington. It hosts exhibits on regional culture and history, and Midway Schoolhouse, a one-room schoolhouse built in 1893 and moved to the museum's grounds in 2009.

The PAL sponsored Open Show opens at the HHM earlier in the month, you can do both! Admission is free!

Driving directions:

From North:
16 to Borgen Blvd, go 3/4 around circle, cross over 16, 1/4 around that circle onto Burnham Dr, 1/2 way round next circle, after stop sign Museum is on the left in a block.

From south:
16 to City Center/Wollochet at top of ramp go slightly right onto Stinson. Go straight to Harborview (water) turn left, Museum on right at top of bay.

Parking: There is limited parking in the museum lot, plus on-street parking.


Third Wednesday, October 17:  Point Defiance Marina

5912 N. Waterfront Dr., Tacoma, 98407

Meet in front of the bate shop at 10 AM
Plenty of free parking in front of the marina and between the ferry terminal and Anthony's Home Port.

Great water view sketching from this location. A very active recreational and fishing community. Nice shady spots to sketch from as well as handy tables and benches.

Coffee and snacks at the bate shop on the pier. Anthony's Homeport restaurant is also on the pier (a little spendy but good food and atmosphere).  The Antique Sandwich Shop is a short drive up Pearl st. and a fun place to gather with great sandwich menu.


Old Steilacoom

On Wednesday (19 September) Urban Sketchers Tacoma met in the charming town of Steilacoom on Puget Sound. We gathered at the historic Blair Drug & Hardware. Our small group came back together to share sketches and had our group photo.

The tiny barbershop interested me with it's moving red, white, and blue barber's pole. Since Inktober is coming, I have been focusing on ink line and hatching for value.

I wandered down to the ferry terminal. The boat was about to leave so I didn't sketch it.  Instead I saw a bit of the shore with a tree that seemed to be already turning to fall colors.

Then we had lunch together in Blair Bistro. I sketched a section of the antique packed shelves that surround the room. While we were there, an older man came in with a couple. He wore a large, foil, gold crown that read "100th". It seemed he was there for ice cream for his 100th birthday.

---by Kate Buike

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Nisqually nature walk

The Urban Sketchers Tacoma met yesterday at the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. We seemed a smaller group than usual but perhaps it was either the distance or the holiday weekend.

It's a beautiful place for a long walk and for seeing lots of birds and other wildlife. At the end of our time there, we met back at the visitor's center for our throw down and group photo.  

After walking around for about an hour, I walked back to sketch the barns.

Nearby, I saw this intriguing tree with two holes, one big and one small. It didn't look like anyone was living in the larger one.


More photos. 

-- Kate Buike