Monday, February 26, 2024

More March outings

First Saturday, March 2:  Freighthouse Station

499 E 25th St, Tacoma, Washington
meet at 10 am, just outside the new-ish Tacoma Dome Station

Freighthouse Station was formerly Freighthouse Square.  Now it also has the Tacoma Dome Station.  There are still lots of independent shops and a food court.  Outside are interesting buildings and structures.



Third Wednesday, March 20: Tacoma Art Museum (TAM)

1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402

Unless you want to do so, you don't have to pay to go through the Museum.  There are subjects to sketch in lobby and free areas. 

If you're willing to share, please bring your guest passes.  Also, libraries have passes to give. 

Meet in the lobby at 10 am. Only pencil is allowed for drawing in the museum galleries. 

Parking info is here.  There is free parking in the six-story Link garage located next to the Tacoma Dome Station. Then take the light rail which stops within walking distance of Tacoma Art Museum at Union Station.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Thursday, March 14 Gig Harbor Java & Clay Cafe

Gig Harbor Java & Clay Cafe

3210 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, WA  98335

Meet at 10:00 am near the front entrance.  There is street parking available along Harborview Drive.  This venue offers plenty of seating in the cafe lounge and the pottery painting studio.  Food and beverage are available for purchase.

Please be respectful of customers.

Thanks to Pam for this sketch location suggestion.

3210 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Mighty Dragon

We invited urban Sketchers Seattle to our regular third Wednesday outing. Today we met at Southcenter Mall to sketch their impressive dragon.

Almost everyone did sketch the dragon.  Some of us did another scene as well.  

Since I'd already done two views of the massive 25 foot tall sculpture a couple weeks ago, I chose a different view...from above.  I also drew it on a larger sheet of paper.


There was still some time left in our session, so I sat in the hallway to sketch a view of the lanterns hanging from the ceiling. 

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Sketching at 7Seas

It was a brisk morning to sketch at the Gig Harbor 7Seas Taproom.  The views, pizza, n/a beverages and sketching opportunities were great.  The staff and patrons were welcoming to Urban Sketchers.

7Seas in Gig Harbor - one not in photo

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

We're off to sketch the Dragon!

 Third Wednesday, February 21:  Dragon at Southcenter mall

  Tukwila, WA

 A small group of us sketched here a couple weeks ago and mall staff welcomed us.  So we all agreed that it would be fun to bring the larger group here.  Thus, once again we're rearranging the outing to TAM in favor of this location   
Meet at 10 am inside the doors next to the ground level Nordstrom cafe, just off Southcenter Parkway on the west side of the mall.

Southcenter mall has installed a massive and magnificent dragon for Lunar New Year.

There is the dragon just down the hall from our meeting door and further down is the large "wishing tree".  Also lanterns hanging from the ceiling throughout the area.

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Watson's again

We visited Watson's Nursery for another pleasant outing.  They like having us and we like going. There is so much to sketch both in the huge indoor area and outdoors.  

My first sketch was a display with bunny characters inside.  I thought I might do a montage with other bunnies.  However, I went outside in the back and found these fish.  Did you know you can have a school of fish in your garden even if you don't have a pond? 

Three sketchers had already left by the time we had our throw down and photo. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2024


There is a massive dragon installed at Southcenter Mall in Tukwila for Lunar New Year.  I discovered it when I returned to the Apple store to pick up the replacement for the dead Pencil.  I was very impressed.  It is over 2 stories tall.

I organized a small, ad hoc, sketch outing today, mostly to see how mall staff reacted.  In past years us Urban Sketchers have been asked to leave a different mall.  So much different today.  I spoke with a member of staff who seemed delighted we were there and said it would be fine if a larger group came.  So I'm planning it!  Look for an update soon.  I want to run the date by her before I announce. 

The Moon gate frames the walkway to the dragon.

I chose that scene as my first sketch today.  I think if I do it again, I'll use a larger paper.  This was just under A5 size. 

Then I got closer to sketch another view of the magnificent dragon.