Saturday, January 31, 2015

46th World Wide SketchCrawl at the Frye (Plus St. James Cathedral)

1/31/15 Platinum Carbon and Super 5 Frankfurt inks, watercolor, Caran d'Ache
Museum water-soluble colored pencil, Canson XL 140 lb. paper
Even though I was the one who had suggested the Frye Art Museum as the location for the 46th quarterly World Wide SketchCrawl, I have to admit I wasn’t very inspired. Not that the art wasn’t interesting – some of it was – but I found most of it to be unsketchable. In addition, some of us pen sketchers felt constrained by the museum’s media restrictions. I made a valiant attempt at capturing a cage-like structure made of bamboo, part of Jessica Kenney’s exhibit, “Anchor Zero,” with colored pencils.

After a couple more walks through all the exhibits trying to find something to sketch, I gave up and went out to my car across the street in Frye’s lot, where I had strategically parked facing St. James Cathedral’s twin towers. The first time I had sketched those towers from nearly the same position was almost exactly two years ago. (I’m not sure my architectural drawing skills have improved much, but maybe my color is a little better.)

1/31/15 Caran d'Ache Museum pencils
A small but enthusiastic group of Seattle Urban Sketchers gathered in the foyer to share sketches. We barely got a group photo taken before we were shushed – a tour had just begun! Welcome to new members Magdalena and Ryan!
Left to right: Magdalena, Darsie, Ryan, Michele, Frank and Tina


  1. Sorry to hear that this museum doesn't understand the value of sketchers. We suffer the same problem here in Quebec, with the exception of the museum I talk about all the time :-) Our art museum won't allow any sketching, though they sell sketching supplies in their gift store. Go figure.

    Love the sketch of the two towers. It must be an impressive building. --- Larry

  2. Too bad there wasn't more to inspire you at the museum. I like the sketch of the cathedral. The NYC Urban Sketchers didn't plan anything for today...Mark forgot. lol So I went out locally with my friend, Susan. Hope to post those sketches soon.

  3. What a shame the location wasn't more sketcher friendly. The towers have come out well!


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