Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bird’s Eye View

7/30/14 Platinum Carbon, Private Reserve Avocado,
Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun, Tsuyu-kusa and Chiku-rin inks,
Caran d'Ache Museum water-soluble colored pencils, Zig marker,
Canson XL 140 lb. paper
Kate invited a few sketchers to celebrate her birthday from the Columbia Center’s Sky View Observatory on the 73rd floor. Last November when we celebrated my own birthday up there, it was wet and overcast, so the nearly 360-degree view, though no less impressive, was a bit dreary. On this gorgeous day without a cloud in sight, it was about as good as it gets.

Before going up to the top, I stood just outside at Fourth and Cherry to sketch the Smith Tower, which celebrated its 100th anniversary just a few weeks ago. I missed that celebration, but I still wanted to pay homage to this venerable old Seattle icon – the tallest building on the West Coast for its first 50 years.

Once upstairs, I sketched a northerly view similar to one I sketched last year with the Space Needle at its center. After our celebration lunch on one of the building’s sunny decks, I went back up for one more sketch – this time facing south for a bird’s eye view of CenturyLink Field, home of the Seahawks and probably some other men chasing balls. I am Seattle’s most ardent non-fan of any professional sport, so this is as close to the Clink as I will ever be. My sketch also shows a bit of Safeco Field behind the Clink. Two professional sports icons in one sketch – whew. That’s my sports quota for the rest of the year.

7/30/14 Platinum Carbon, Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun and
Tsuyu-kusa inks, Caran d'Ache Museum water-soluble
colored pencils

7/30/14 Platinum Carbon and Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun inks, watercolor,
Caran d'Ache Museum water-soluble colored pencils

Happy birthday, Kate!
Kate, Lynne and Tina


  1. Good sketches! Thanks for coming to the party!

  2. Impressive birds-eye views and sketches!!! I love the one of the stadium...they look more interesting from above than from below. The sketch of the Smith Tower looks great with all those windows. Hope the birthday celebration was fun!

  3. I always avoid drawing scenes as though I'm a bird but you've pulled it off effectively.

    Cheers --- Larry


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