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Thursday, May 29, 2014

43rd Annual Northwest Folklife

I love Folklife. It's such a colorful and culturally diverse event. I managed to pick the weekend's rainiest day, Sunday, to get there. As I sat for my first sketch I figured out I needed to find a covered space and surprisingly there are plenty of them in Seattle Center --trees, outcropping roofs, covered walkways. Had I not forgotten my extra layer I would have stuck around and watched my hometown heros - Samba Olywa.

I've been wanting to try twig-sketching for a while and finally got my materials gathered, a good sized twig (or in my case a bamboo shaft), Chinese ink and some decently absorbant paper. It's not an easy tool; the pen dries quickly. I persisted and will keep experimenting. I like the rough quality and variable line quality. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tacoma's Theater District

Our April sketch outing was in Tacoma's Theater District - the multi street intersection with Tullys, the Rialto and Pantages converge. It hailed like the dickens so I quickly sketched this between the deluges.