Friday, September 23, 2016

Traveling to Tacoma...

...for a gathering in August of urban sketchers--and the 4th Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers Sketch Crawl!    The local sketchers lead by Francis Buckmaster did a fantastic job of organizing the event, and it was a really fun weekend--no workshops, just everyone getting together to sketch the beautiful mix of old and new in downtown Tacoma.

Waiting at LAX for my plane is of course, always a sketching opportunity...playing here with shadow and light...





The plane and the bus from the airport into town...more sketching...


Our first gathering on Friday night with nearly 150 sketchers, with some quick portraits...













Tacoma on Saturday morning was warm and brightly sunny, it felt like LA weather to me!  The sketch crawl centered around the beautiful Bridge of Glass and the work of Tacoma Artist Dale Chihuly.  The view here includes the "Crystal Towers", and the new Washington State History Museum echoing the arches of the old Union Station building...


 More sketching from the Bridge of Glass--the tilting glass cone that tops the "Hot Shop" of the Museum of Glass...












A view inside the fascinating Hot Shop, with a team of master glass artists working--and theater seating above for visitors...we all sweat together here!

And a view of the train looking down from the Bridge...
Sunday morning wrapped up the sketch crawl, and it was great to see Gabi Campanario arrive with his family, and we made a dash over to the historic Theater District.  There were lots of interesting buildings here, but this wedge-shaped gem really caught our eye...I discovered it was originally built as the Hotel Bostwick in 1889, now has Tully's Coffee on the ground floor...


Way too soon, it was time to head to the airport to fly back to Los Angeles...and finally I got a sketch-able little glimpse of Mt. Rainier!  I can hardly wait until next year's West Coast Urban Sketchers Sketch Crawl...in Vancouver!


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