On Sunday the Northend Urban Sketchers ventured southwards and westwards all the way to the hinterlands of West Seattle to the Chinese Garden that graces the north end (see -- we still got "northend" in there!) of the South Seattle College grounds.
This is a truly lovely little gem that we first visited last summer. It's small but full of delights, like this giant koi statue:
And these terracotta warriors:
It was a warm day as well, with very light clouds. It felt, at last, like Spring.
I found a pond to sketch:
Truman tried to wander off at one point--in search of Nicole who had moved off down the path to draw elsewhere--but I quickly corralled him.
Then we sat inside those pagoda buildings, where, through a doorway, you can see the koi statue in the distance.
At one point, Tru discovered another pond which he could not resist.
Next we headed for a drive along Alki, and we stopped at a quiet stretch of beach with a view of the Olympics.
There were hundreds of Brant geese there -- these are winter visitors who ought to be heading north again any day now.
Truman is always concerned about where Tina and Nicole have gone -- they stayed on a bench by the car to sketch, while I tootled down a winding path to get a closer view of the beach. As I sat there sketching, Truman kept looking back up to check on his friends.
We didn't stay here very long and I drew quickly.
It was so nice to have a rain-free weekend with warmer temperatures. Hoorah for Spring!