Having found good sketch material at Seattle cemeteries, I decided to give the Richland one a try. It had some lovely landscaping -- and it also had some lovely birds.
There were swans floating serenely in the pond.
It was getting warm, so I took Truman to the river for a dip.
We took a stroll there, and I found a wonderful tree on the bank to draw.
That was it for Thursday sketching. Later that evening, after having a delicious Thai dinner with old friends, I drove back to my mother's house through a thunder and lightning storm of massive proportions -- over 400 lightning strikes in two hours, right over the city. Goodness.
On Friday I awoke to the patter of rain. While I often get excellent results by relying on the forecasts at weather.com, I must say they failed me that day. At 7am, the forecast said "expect rain showers to end around 8am." So I waited.
At 8am, the forecast had changed. "Expect rain showers to end at 9am." So I waited.
At 9am, it said, "Expect rain showers to end at 10am."
At 10am...well, I think you get the picture. At 11am I gave up and just went out anyway, as the sky had cleared a bit and I figured I could try to find something to draw from inside the car if the rain returned.
I drove down to the Washington State University Extension campus, in search of interesting buildings or landscaping, but nothing inspired me there, so I continued on down a road that I knew would end by the U.S.S Triton submarine conning tower memorial. I intended to sketch it, but when I arrived, the view across the sagebrush of the hills and river in the distance, with dramatic post-storm clouds, caught my attention instead. Since I had already sketched the submarine on a previous trip, I painted the landscape view, and enjoyed it immensely.
Then Truman and I went to the river front park, but as we arrived, a downpour started, so we just sat there in the car while I ate my lunch and listened to a classic rock station. Our Friday sketching was done.
On Saturday I explored an urban greenbelt trail -- or rather, I tried to explore it. Stay tuned for that report tomorrow.