Friday, April 20, 2018

May 2018 Sketch outings

First Saturday, May 5: Windmill Gardens
 16009 60th St E, Sumner, WA 98390

Meet at 10 am at or under the gazebo in the garden, near the windmill, as seen below:

After sharing our sketches and having a group photo, those who can stay will gather for lunch at The Bistro, which is on site.


Second Thursday, May 10  Harbor History Museum

4121 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Admission is now FREE at the Gig Harbor Harbor History Museum, we will be sketching there,starting when they open at 10:00 , there are multiple indoor and outdoor interesting things to sketch, free parking and several local restaurants nearby.

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.

Driving directions:

Directions from North or South, take Wollochet/Center City Downtown exit, due to construction. From North left at top of ramp, cross over Rt16, left to pass Gas Station. From south, at top of ramp go straight past gas station. At water/Harborview Dr turn left, Museum is at the end of bay.

Third Wednesday, May 16: Tacoma Art Museum (TAM)

1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402

Meet at 10 am just outside the main entrance.  Unless you want to do so, you don't have to pay to go through the Museum.  There is art to sketch without actually paying admission.  Also, some of us have guest passes to share.  

Parking info is here:

There is free parking at Freighthouse Square garage.  Then take the lightrail (tram)... it stops within walking distance of Tacoma Art Museum at Union Station.

For those who wish to venture further afoot there is the Union Station Court House - also free. It has a beautiful Victorian dome inside.

And as many of us know TAM is a great place to lunch after.

Ad Hoc Saturday, May 19:  Blue Poppy Day - Art in Bloom
Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
2525 S 336th St Federal Way, WA 98001

The event is free and we have been invited to attend.  Meet at 10am at the entrance to the Rhodi Garden.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Another time at the Foss

Urban Sketchers Tacoma met at the Foss Waterway Seaport Maritime Museum.  We were 22 people at the point we entered the museum and did a head count.

The "throw down", sharing sketches at 12:30pm

The group at the end of the session

It was such a nice day that I did my first sketch outside on the ramp to the dock. The Mountain was nearly out.

I had a few more minutes before we met up so I sketched the bones laid out for the whale assembly project. The Stadium High School students have already done one skeleton that hangs in the Museum. They are working on another that will hang elsewhere but the Museum is giving them space to work on it.

A few more photos are here. 

-- by Kate Buike 

Travel Sketches

Spent Spring Break week on the coast of Oregon. Nature didn't encourage outdoor sketching with the amount of rain provided, these were a few I snuck in during cloud breaks. A lot of my sketches are accompanied by journaling especially when traveling. 

Pencil, ink and watercolor in a Pentalic 8x10 sketchbook.

Earthwise Salvage - April Gathering

A bit cold and wet for this event but there were certainly plenty of subjects to draw. No doubt I'll come back during summer months for some warm weather outdoor sketching. The mounted fish hung over the doorway in the hinge room.

Ink and wash in a Pentalic 8x10 sketchbook.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Through the Window...

Last month USK Tacoma met at the University of Washington Library Tacoma Campus . Even though I have been at this campus many times, I have never visited the library before.  One highlight of this library is an incredible Dale Chihuly's piece that is amazing to see and admire. Unfortunately, there were so many sketchers in this area that I was unable to sketch there and had to move to a different area of the library.
If you are ever in the Tacoma area and would like to enjoy one of Chihuly's pieces, the UW library is one spot to visit.  Dale Chihuly's is a Tacoma local but his work in glass art in recognized and seeing all over the world. The Glass Museum in Tacoma is a fantastic place to go to enjoy his work or see him creating art as well. There is another Glass Museum at the Seattle Center that also has his pieces. In addition the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) has an exhibit hall dedicated to his work and it is delightful. This is his web page
Since I was unable to sketch Chihuly's piece I went to the back of the library and thru the window I was able to sketch the UW building across from the library. Here it is!

Happy Sketching,


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Crusty and Rusty at Earthwise

It was an intrepid group of sketchers who braved the occasional down pour to sketch at Earthwise Architectural Salvage. Those who know him agreed that this is Steve Reddy sketching heaven. The staff were very cordial and joined our throw down to look at the sketches.


Caroline's daughter, Cassie, was a visiting artist from Arizona (she's kneeling in the middle). 

I composed a montage of subjects on one page. I was amused by the door of this shed, which had a banner stating "Crusty & Rusty". Then I admit I rather coveted the heraldic dolphin faucet set but it doesn't really fit my bathroom decor. I included the interesting juxtaposition of the old fashioned lion roundel and the heavy machinery.


By Kate Buike

Sunday, April 1, 2018

One of Our Own.

Roy DeLeon lives north but sketches with Urban Sketchers Tacoma. We haven't seen him much lately, though, because he's been devoting so much of his time to illustrating this series of children's books. The first one, The Pope's Cat, was just released. His book signing was hosted by The Neverending Bookshop, a local independent store in Bothell.

The author is Jon Sweeney and Roy is the illustrator.  Get it from your favorite independent book seller.   If you want to get it right now, here is the listing on Seattle independent, Elliot Bay.     What I see on the Elliot Bay listing but didn't know before: It is released for the 5th Anniversary of the election of Pope Francis 

USk Tacoma showed up to support Roy. We enjoyed his discussion on his process of illustration, which was completely digital, using an iPad, Procreate app and an Apple pencil. He also shared some Easter Eggs in the book.  The husband of one of the sketchers was a model for some of the sketches of the Pope!

 Roy and Eli with the page open to the illustration I think most looks like him (page 51).


Instead of our sketchbooks, we're holding Roy's book.  

I managed a very quick sketch while he was talking.

More photos here.

--by Kate Buike