It has been ages since I've been to one of the group sketch outings hosted by Seattle Urban Sketchers. They do one Sunday meeting a month, and some ad hoc Friday get-togethers, but for the past several months I've either been doing something else at those times, or the location didn't apeal.
So I was quite excited to see that today's ad hoc meet-up didn't conflict with my busy retirement schedule, and was in a place I wanted to go and could get to easily.
About 20 folks turned up -- the meeting spot was MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry) at South Lake Union. We all spread out from there -- lots of great views, lots of activity.
And being on the lake, lots of boats...which I tried to avoid drawing, as I am quite bad at it. Perhaps I should just spend a day or two or a hundred drawing nothing but boats until I'm good at it!
The Center for Wooden Boats is located here, and there were kids working on boats:
My first sketch attempt was of this rather busy view -- a bit too much going on, but I gave it a try.
Before and after adding watercolor...I kind of like the "before" better, but it's too late now!
For my next effort, I settled on something a bit simpler -- just one object.
Our 2-1/2 hours of sketching time was nearly up, so I did a quick drawing of a sculpture at the base of the museum steps. (I forgot to take a photo of the real thing -- oops!)
It was great to get out with the group again -- several familiar faces there, and I even chatted with a few folks. Hope to go to outings more regularly in future.