Friday, January 11, 2013

Northgate Branch Library and Northgate Mall

1/11/13 Lamy black cartridge ink, Zig markers, Stillman & Birn Gamma
Many of The Seattle Public Library’s neighborhood branches are the classic, stately Carnegie type from the turn of the 20th century, like the Green Lake branch that I think of as “my” library. Unfortunately, the Northgate branch isn’t one of those. Built in 2006, it looks like a modern box, which I suppose is appropriate for that neighborhood of Target, T. J. Maxx and other square-box stores. For that reason, I don’t go there often as a library patron.
1/11/13 Lamy black cartridge ink, Zig marker

As a sketcher, however, I find the Northgate branch to be a serviceable venue. Its wide open spaces with chairs and tables scattered throughout make it easy to find victims, who are busily using the library’s PCs or their own laptops. (Doesn’t anyone go to the library to read books anymore?)

On the way home, I stopped by at Northgate Mall and found a table behind a vendor selling half-price calendars.
1/11/13 Lamy black cartridge ink, Zig markers, S & B Gamma


  1. These are great!!! Libraries and malls are great indoor locations to find some "willing" subjects. lol I really like the vendor!

    1. Thank you, Joan! Anywhere that I can sketch in the winter without getting cold and wet -- I'm there!


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