Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Giving Concorde a bath

Well, I missed Global Jet Painting washing the B-17.  When I went over today I discovered they had finished yesterday.

They are waiting for paint for the B-17 to arrive, so they spent the time washing other aircraft in the Aviation Pavilion, which is covered but open air.  They were working on Concorde when I arrived.

I've recently leaned that Museum only allows pencil.  So, by the time I finished coloring the sketch off at a picnic table, the crew had moved to another section of the aircraft.

I plan to sketch them painting the B-17 once I hear the paint has been delivered!


Friday, May 26, 2023

June outings

We're celebrating Urban Sketchers Tacoma's 10th Anniversary this month! 

First Saturday, June 3:  Museum of Glass

 1801 Dock St. Tacoma, WA 98402-3217

 We will meet at 10 am on the Plaza near the Museum of Glass entrance (water-side). Sketch either inside the museum or outdoors around the museum.

For those who are not Museum members, there is a fee to enter. ($20 adults; $18 seniors 65+; Blue Star free entry for Active Duty military.  If you're a member and willing to bring guest passes, please do.

Inside the Museum are, of course, exhibits.  There is also the action of the Hot Shop!  

At 12:30, we will gather to share our sketches and have our traditional group photo.

Third Wednesday, June 21: Lakewold Gardens

12317 Gravelly Lake Dr.SW, Lakewood, WA 

EDIT 5/31: Garden hours have changed, so our meeting time will be 10.

Meet at Garden Entrance at 10 am.  This will be our 10th anniversary celebration.  After our throw down, early, at 1230, let's have a BYO picnic lunch!  No alcohol or pets allowed in the garden.  

Free parking on site - see directions on the website

Edit: prices have increased:
$12 adults; $10 seniors (65+)
; Military Blue Star - active military - free

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Blue Poppies

 Urban Sketchers Tacoma has sketched at Blue Poppy Day for several years.  This year we invited Urban Sketchers Seattle and several came.  There were also some new sketchers and one visitor from out of state.  It was a grand group who drew and painted so many different views of the event.  

I was a bit distracted, so I did a sparse montage.  Only one little poppy.  There were fewer this year due to weather:  too cold and then too hot. On the left is what appeared to be a bird house.  But I think it was a bee house as so many flew in and out. You can see on tiny yellow bee there. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Beautiful morning at the marina

 We met at the Des Moines Marina this morning.  With the on-shore breeze, it was almost too chilly as we began.  

The morning fog had not quite burned off. I'm using an A5 Hahnemühle 100% cotton paper sketchbook. 

I like the blue "street furniture".  Done in a small, A6, Hahnemühle sketchbook. 

Susan P sketching with her well behaved dogs. 

We were a small but fun group.  Thanks to Lori for the group photo, set on timer.  


Thursday, June 8, 2023: Rosedale Gardens in Gig Harbor

7311 Rosedale Street NW, Gig Harbor, WA  98335

Rosedale Gardens

7311 Rosedale Street NW, Gig Harbor

Please park in upper lot in order to save customer parking.  You are welcome to off load your gear near the gift shop if needed.  Meet at 10:00 am near the gift shop entrance.  Rosedale Gardens has beautifully landscaped grounds.  The site has covered outdoor areas which we used last March during inclement weather.  There are open areas, walking paths, a gift shop, plants, pottery and garden sculptures.  Public restrooms are available.

From Tacoma, take the Wollochet/City Center exit off Hwy 16.  Turn NE on Pioneer Way for .1 mile; turn North on Stinson Ave.  At the roundabout, go West on Rosedale St NW for 2.3 miles; take a right onto 72nd Ave NW; from here you will see the Entrance Sign.

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Sketching at Harbor History Museum

This morning at the waterfront side of Harbor History Museum was perfect for sketching.  Our turnout of Jen, Pam, Liz, Trudy and Lori were surrounded by the sounds of seals, Canadian geese and bald eagles.  Even though museum admission is free today, we all chose to be outdoors.

The Throwdown

Urban Sketchers at the Harbor History Museum
photo by Trudy Asplund

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Two outings: May 17 & May 20

Wednesday, May 17:  Des Moines Beach Park

It is adjacent to Des Moines Marina. 

22307 Dock Ave S, Des Moines, WA 98198:   The park is north of this address

Meet at 10 am at the Public building at the Long Fishing Pier.

There are many views as well as the adjacent marina.  


Saturday, May 20: Blue Poppy Day
Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
2525 S 336th St Federal Way, WA 98001 
Meet at 10am at the entrance to the Rhodi Garden.  We will sketch until 12:30 and then meet back in that vicinity.  
Blue Poppy Day features visual and musical artists and food trucks.  And, of course, Blue Poppies.  
We have attended for a few years...however this year it is no longer free. 
Admission is:
$8.00 General Admission
$5.00 Seniors (65+) & Students (with school ID)