Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Cat in a Hat

While driving around yesterday, I spotted this small Caterpillar equipment wearing a huge Santa hat! After meeting some friends for coffee, I drove back to the site to sketch it. I just makes me laugh. It's in Tukwila, on West Valley Highway, just east of Southcenter mall. 

With it's non-Santa buddies

Or maybe it's a Santa-pillar?

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Festive lobby

We met at the Hotel Murano to sketch the lobby's holiday decorations. Nearly everyone sketched the tree.

Jane sketching the tree

As I was on the bar platform a few feet above the lobby, several Air Force service members sat down to await their colleagues. These two, a LTC and a MAJ, seemed to be flight crew.

Canson Mixed Media; Daniel Smith watercolor

Of course, I sketched the tree, too.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


Little Black Dress: a Fashion Evolution.

This is an exhibition at the Washington State History Museum that runs through December 5th.  I had a free pass so decided to see this before it closed. 

"The little black dress, or 'LBD' as it is frequently called, has been a fixture in many wardrobes for over a century. One of the most iconic items of clothing in the 20th century, the LBD continues to hold a place in both fashion and memory".

I have never owned an LBD. I suppose that is because I almost never attend the sort of parties or events where it would be worn. However, that suit from 1960 is something I would wear even now. It looks classic.

Sketching this was difficult as everything was black, of course, and poorly lit. The lighting was a preservation issue, I presume.

I decided to do a montage with much of the page devoted to the Victorian era. I was rather surprised to find such pointy shoes from that time period. 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

December 2019 outings

 Ad Hoc, Sunday, December 1, World AIDS Day event

 Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA

Meet at the event at 6:00 pm

Once again, the Pierce County Aids Foundation (PCAF) has invited us to have an evening sketch-out during the annual observance of World Aids Day on Sunday,  December 1st.

The program is at the Washington State History Museum, from 6-7:30 pm.  This event is in remembrance of all who’ve died of AIDS and to support for those living with HIV.

The sketching opportunities:      T
his year be in the Auditorium and they are planning a performance based program.

There is parking in the lot by the Museum for a fee or free parking at the Freight House Square garage and use of the free trolley which stops in front of the Museum.


First Saturday, Saturday, December 7: Hotel Murano

1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 9840

Enjoy the holiday decorations in the hotel lobby.  Meet in the lobby at 10 am.

The hotel is named after the Italian island which has been home to glassblowers.  The hotel itself houses a collection of glass art.  The halls of each floor feature a different artist.

We have a reservation for lunch in the hotel restaurant, "Bite".

There is a fee lot next to the hotel. Or take the light rail from Freighthouse Square.

Second Thursday, Gig Harbor is on hiatus until January

Third Wednesday, December 18: Old Cannery
13608 Valley Ave E, Sumner, WA 98390

We will gather for announcements at 10 am between the Ye Olde Fudge Shoppe and the Elvis statue. There's seating there and free hot beverages available close by.

There's ample parking, by the front door and in huge parking lots across the street.
Large furniture showroom with playful elements like a fudge maker & an overhead toy train.  There is an overabundance of holiday decorations!  

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Outside UW Library

We met at the library of the Univeristy of Washington at Tacoma. It was such a bright, sunny day that I didn't want to sketch inside. Since I'd missed most of the brilliant fall color while traveling, I also wanted to catch what was still there.

There were two new sketchers. I'd guess it was about half and half as far as sketching inside the library our outside.

First sketch is looking up the hill near the U bookstore, as viewed from the light rail stop across the street.

Next sketch was on the walkway between buildings. The railroad signal initally caught my attention. While there are still tracks embedded, they aren't used. There is also an art installation on the wall: "All the Rivers in the World, Tacoma" by Vaughn Bell, 2019. "All the river names included...were given by members of the UW-Tacoma community in 'river gathering' workshops. The Lushootseed word for the Puyallup river is located at the mouth of the river and the word meaning 'mountain that is always snowy' is located at the headwaters."

Tacoma UW Campus

Brilliant bright Fall morning light contrasted by the canyons of dark created by the taller buildings that make up the UW-Tacoma campus. Pushed the darks even farther with gouache when I got home. Not sure I could say it improved the image.

Happy to once again participate in a Tacoma Urban Sketchers gathering (Tacoma UW Library).

Watercolor, gouache, and ink in a Moleskine watercolor book.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Two for Teak

This post is much delayed due to my travels.  Pam Jenkins sent photos from the outing at Harbor Teak in Gig Harbor October 17.  On a rainy cold day two hardy sketchers braved the winds.

posted by Kate Buike