Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A Quick Sketch Will Do

Last Thursday morning Chris and I packed up our travel trailer, caught the south end ferry off Vashon Island, crossed the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and headed north on Highway 16 for Port Townsend. Reservations had been made at the Point Hudson Marina and RV park with check in time at 1PM. By 2:30 we had hooked up our utilities, enjoyed a light lunch and were ready to spend the afternoon exploring our favorite Northwest environment.

I knew most of the time on this trip would be about doing things together, which means little time for sketching and plenty of opportunity for relationship building - not a bad thing. So what does a person itching to sketch do in such circumstances and in a sketch-rich environment? Grab sketches where ever and whenever he can.

A request for a restroom stop before departing Point Hudson provided me the opportunity - about 5 minutes - to quick sketch Mount Baker, Admiralty Inlet and the no parking sign while I waited. I used my Micron #08 for the sketch, a red Micron #05 for the parking sign and the channel buoy. Derwent watercolor pencils added a little color and zoom-zoom we were on our way.

Friday morning I drove to Nordland on Marestone Island to meet with some Port Townsend sketchers for an outing at the old Nordland Grocery Store. We gathered around an old pot belly stove in the back of the store, drank coffee and discussed our sketching options. The weather was with us - no rain for the moment - so we opted to sketch outdoors until our fingers got cold enough to bring us all back inside to the warmth of the store.

The protected bay at Nordland is home to several commercial fishing boats and a host of small craft buoyed in and around the harbor. I sketched the harbor looking north using my #08 Micron, Derwent watercolor pencils and watercolor.

Darsie Beck Tacoma Urban Sketchers Blog Correspondent

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