Saturday, May 14, 2022

Solo outing in Gig Harbor

The weather might have been the challenge.  "I was the only sketcher, color added in studio" wrote Pam.  

Posted on behalf of Pam Jenkins, by Kate Buike.  Weather that day by me (Kate) was pouring rain!

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Outing in central Tacoma

This was our first outing for the year and it was at short notice due to weather.  But the day was beautiful.  

Only a couple months ago I learned there was a reproduction of the Liberty Bell below and behind the Court House (Union Station).  Once I knew it was there, it was easy to find behind some bushes and trees. 

"Tacoma has the third of 55 replicas that were cast in France to the same specifications (except for the notorious crack) as the famous Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. Tacoma’s bell was part of the 1950 bond drive and toured the state during the bond effort. Afterwards it was gifted from the U.S. Treasury to the state and then included in the restoration and reuse of Union Station into the Federal Courthouse.

The bell now resides in a hidden alcove by the back parking lot at Union Station. And yes, it makes a lovely sound when you ring it"

Thanks to Scott Mc.  for taking this group photo.  

--by Kate Buike

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Blue Poppy Day outing

 Blue Poppy Day - Art in Bloom, Saturday, May 21

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
2525 S 336th St Federal Way, WA 98001

 This has been an annual festival at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden in which we have participated in previous years.  The poppies should be in bloom.  

The event is free.  Meet at 10am at the entrance to the Rhodi Garden.

 Blue Poppy Day features visual and musical artists and food trucks.

Monday, April 4, 2022

Gig Harbor meets in May

 May’s sketching will be a return to the Finholm area at the head of Gig Harbor bay on Thursday May 12th from 10am-noon.

Meet at the clock, near 8805 N Harborview Dr.

Directions From South ONLY(due to construction)
16N to Gig Harbor Waterfront exit,right onto Pioneer Way at end left onto Harborview Dr, at Donkey Park turn right and park. Walk along water to clock.
From North: 16S to Burnham Dr exit, go 3/4 around circle at next circle stay right on to Burnham Dr turn left at Donkey Creek Park, park and walk to the clock.

 From Pam Jenkins

Saturday, February 26, 2022

A meaningful anniversary


 First, today is my 10th anniversary with Urban Sketchers. It was on this day that I attended my first sketch outing with USk Seattle at the Stinson-Green Mansion. No matter what, I intended to do a sketch today.  It's been quite a journey as I made so many friends and learned so much.  Urban Sketchers has been the joy of my retirement.

In the spirit of Urban Sketchers, I wanted to make it something meaningful, showing the world. Given what's going on right now, I went over to the Ukrainian Community Center that is at the north end of my suburb. I'd thought there might be a gathering or protest. It was as quiet as always though with a few cars outside.


Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Another dragon


I just learned today that the suburb where I live has four dragons.  Well, according to this article there are three but last year I found a fourth in a home owner's yard.  There is the Roof top Dragon in town center.  There is a second, well, chronologically, the first, high in the lobby of Wizards of the Coast.  I saw her during an event in 2002 but have never gotten back into the building to sketch. And now I discovered one in the fairly new development at "Southport" on Lake Washington. 

This is Brienne.

Friday, January 14, 2022


 It's been 4 weeks since our last trash pick up.  First it was the snow storm.  Now it's a strike!  I did avail myself of the company's offer to drop off garbage at a truck in a park last Saturday.  But now we're running out of room for recycling. Most of the neighbors are in worse situation.  At least all our bins close, for now. The last phone message was to leave the bins out until picked up. 

These are the neighbors across the street.  The crows are having a feast!