Four of us Portland sketchers took the train north to Tacoma, Washington last weekend to meet up with sketchers from all over Washtington state. It was a blast.
I used my water-soluble felt-tip brush pen to whip out a few fast postcards on the train ride north:
I had also brought my sketchbook with the black paper, so did a warm-up sketch of Deb's hand as she drew. The gel-pen I had packed turns out to stay tacky for a while, and it goops up the opposite side of the page. Boo!
When we arrived, I sat on the "glass bridge" and drew Chihuly sculptures while having a delightful chat with Emily from Olympia. This sketch of the sculptures looks a bit cartoonish--but then, so were the sculptures themselves.
I've been messing with dry-watercolor sheets to see what it's like to paint with them. Nice to have the option of screamingly bright colors! But after lunch I settled in to mix some more neutral, complex tones while sketching the stone sculptures near the trolley station.
While waiting at the train station, I of course had to sketch the Tacoma Dome. Twice!