First up: Flamingos. Last week I went to the zoo to see the new flamingo chicks. I didn't try sketching them there, as it was a bit chaotic -- they moved around a lot, and so did the people jockeying for a good view. So I snapped a few photos and did a watercolor at home later.
That was fun -- I have been doing primarily sketching and haven't done a painting in my "studio" for some time.
Next in the hodgepodge, my garden. Not a lot is blooming right now, but a few things are still making an effort, such as this gladiolus:
And one of my favorite annuals, these Cosmos:
And this lily:
And this sedum:
While taking those photos, I spotted a tiny bug:
Since I am currently proofreading Pacific Northwest Insects, I decided to try figuring out what it was. I decided perhaps it was a shield-bug nymph, and asked a bug ID site for confirmation. Wrong! It's a stink bug nymph -- but those two families are very closely related and their nymphs look a lot alike, so I'm pretty happy that I got as close as I did.
Last in the hodgepodge is the Queen Anne hill neighborhood. The monthly Seattle Urban Sketchers get-together was held there this past Sunday. We met on the commercial street and spread out to draw. I was attracted to a restaurant in a colorful old house, but my drawing went bad quickly due to the new paper I was trying out -- it absorbed the watercolor too much. Also, it was too noisy -- a church let out, with screaming, running children all around.
So I ran away from the commercial street and wandered around the neighborhood until I found a house I wanted to draw:
With only 30 minutes left until the "meet up and share" time, I chose not to start another drawing but to take a long walk instead. Along the way, I spotted these delightful birdhouses:
And this delightful bird -- a scrub-jay:
Eventually I wound up at Kerry Park, which boasts a view of Puget Sound and downtown Seattle.
That concludes this edition of Field Notes Hodgepodge!