Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sketching at Cabela's

There had just been a significant wind storm yesterday. It is still blustery and raining today. The Urban Sketchers Tacoma Wednesday outing was further afield... all the way down to Cabela's in Lacey, WA. So it was a smallish group today.

As usual, I was there early. This gave me a chance to walk around the store to decide what I might want to sketch. They already had their Christmas decorations up, which annoys me as it's still a week to Thanksgiving.

I've sketched there before, on my own. Today I looked up and saw this carved figure canoeing in the ceiling!

I've also sketched this elephant before. As I wrote on the sketch, I'm ambivalent about this

As usual, we shared our sketches and posed for a group photo. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

November's 1st Saturday

At the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum for a 1st Saturday Tacoma Urban Sketchers gathering. I am very grateful that the museum has been such a good supporter of our group. Very much enjoyed Ken Fulton and Darsie Beck's exhibition, well done gentlemen.

Vintage diving gear.

Pen, ink and watercolor in a watercolor Moleskine.
#urbansketchers #tacoma #Fosswaterwayseaport#moleskine

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Visiting USk PT

During a previous visit, I'd walked through the Palace Hotel in Port Townsend but didn't take the time to sketch there.  When the Urban Sketchers Port Townsend announced a Wednesday outing there, I thought it would be a good time to visit.

I convinced Himself to go with so we'd have a chance to stay together at the Chevy Chase Beach Cabins.   One we arrived about 3:30 pm we got settled into our small cabin and we took a walk around the property.  Here's our charming cabin with a view.

It was sunset and I quickly did a simple sketch of the view from the hill above the beach.

On Wednesday morning, I went in to town to join the sketchers. It was good to meet the group and a fun time sketching this historic location. 

With so many choices, it was difficult to settle on a subject.  I liked the globe and lamp that Mel was sketching, so I composed an alternate view, including him.

Then I sat on the stairs to sketch the entry door used by hotel guests.

Sharing sketches:

Group photo taken by one of the others. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

There's always a first time.

As a group, we've never been asked to leave a venue. Today was a first. One of us had called last week and we thought we had permission but there was obviously a misunderstanding.

The pub we'd planned to sketch in and then have lunch could not host so many of us, which was about 18-20.Understandable, given that it is a football Saturday and they looked busy already.

Frances suggested we go to Foss Waterway Seaport Museum. We're so welcome there that they've given us free memberships to come sketch! It turned out to be the perfect solution.

That also gave us a chance to get an early viewing of the show by our members Darsie Beck and Ken Fulton. It looks great!

I did a montage focusing on young students' assemblages about cleaning up our water. The bottom right is a goofy looking flounder covered in nets with plastic trash around it. Above him is a section of a 5 foot long salmon made of recycled plastic milk  jugs, surrounded by fish made out of various bits of plastic. And last was a hand made of plastic bags over a chicken wire frame. It holds a bowl of plastic bottle caps, each indicating a visitor's promise to make one change that will help clean up the water.

Here is the group, though I learned later 3 or 4 stayed behind at our original venue and at least one went home.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Ad Hoc: 24 Hour Global Sketchwalk in Seattle

USk Seattle invites USk Tacoma to participate in the 
10th Anniversary  24hr Global Sketchwalk

Saturday, Nov. 11, 1 - 4 p.m.
King Street Station
303 S. Jackson, St., Seattle
(Meet just inside the entrance closest to the vehicle drop-off circle (under the clock tower).

It’s a global celebration of the 10th anniversary of Urban Sketchers! USk groups worldwide will be sketching on the same day, around the clock, on Saturday, Nov. 11, and sharing their experiences live on social media. Seattle has been given the time slot 2 – 2:30 p.m. for a “live” participation (more details on this segment will be announced later), so the outing time has been planned to begin at 1 p.m. King Street Station was chosen for its iconic building. Hopefully the weather will allow us to sketch it from outside, but if not, we have plenty to sketch indoors, too. 

Even if you don't want to join up in Seattle,  you can still be part of the fun. Simply post using the event hashtag #USkGlobal24hrSketchwalk and follow this worldwide event on Instagram.   Scroll down for some additional information on the Urban Sketchers blog.

4:30-ish p.m.: The sketch outing will be followed immediately afterwards by an adjunct drink & draw at Elysian Fields Brew Pub, which is just a 5-minute walk from King Street Station (see map below)! Have a brew or two with a toast to USk, and be prepared to sketch and be sketched! 😉 (All ages welcome before 9 p.m.) 

Elysian Fields Brew Pub
542 1st Avenue South, Seattle 

Parking around King St Station can be a challenge.  One option would be to drive to the Angle Lake Light Rail station , take that to the International District station, and then walk a couple blocks to King St AmTrak Station. 

Alternatively, take AmTrak, though it can experience delays. Double check this route and get tickets

Departs Tacoma  Sat 10:54 am      Arrives King St  Sat 12:00 pm    Cascades   502

Return:  Sat 6:05 pm       Sat 6:48 pm     Cascades     509

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

USk Show opening

Sunday November 5: 
Darsie Beck and Ken Fulton Show Opening 
at Foss Waterway

"Watercolor on the Waterfront with Urban Sketchers"   or

 705 Dock St, Tacoma, WA 98402

First Day of show by Darsie Beck and Ken Fulton:   Noon to 4pm.   Meet at Noon outside the doors to the Museum, which opens at noon. This is not the official show opening reception, though.  

Remember, Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 5th at 2:00AM. Clocks are turned backward 1 hour. 

Admission is $10.00 for Adults; $8.00 for Students, Military, and Seniors (62+).

Parking:  There are a few spaces at the Museum.  Otherwise, here is a map:

We are also invited to sketch on 3rd Thursday, November 16 from 4-8 pm which is the official show opening.   Meet at 4pm. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

November 2017 outings

First Saturday, November 4th: 
Engine House #9 Restaurant

611 N. Pine Street, Tacoma, WA


Meet inside the restaurant at 10:00 AM.  Park on the street or in their lot (next to the building).  

Let’s support venues that are sketcher-friendly by partaking of their good food while we sketch their unusual and unique interior.  So be generous, be considerate of the establishment and their customers and show the world how sketching can help everyone to be happy! 
Lunch will be here after our 12:30PM regrouping for sharing and photos.  
As you may guess, the brick building was originally a fire station – built in 1907 (and now on the National Registry of Historical Places).  It has many interesting features to sketch indoors or out (if the weather permits). 


Second Thursday, Gig Harbor, November 9: Cancelled 
Third Wednesday, November 15: Cabela's
Cabela's Lacy
1600 Gateway Blvd. NE, Lacey, WA 98516

While the address is Lacy, the I-5 exit is just 20 minutes past the Tacoma Dome.  It is "located near the junction of I-5 and Marvin Road at the Lacey Gateway Project in the Hawks Prairie business district."

Meet at 10 am just inside the front lobby.

"The impressive 185,000-sq.-ft. retail showroom is both an educational and entertainment attraction, featuring an indoor archery test area, museum-quality animal displays and huge aquariums stocked with local fish."

After sharing sketches, we'll have lunch in the on-site cafe.