Saturday, April 1, 2017

Hanami, Three Weeks Later

3/31/17 water-soluble colored pencils, brush pen, inks

The regularly scheduled colored pencil reviews have been interrupted for a very important announcement: Spring has finally sprung  no foolin!

A year ago Urban Sketchers Seattle sketched the blossoming cherry trees at the University of Washington’s Quad three weeks earlier in March. This year’s unusually cold winter pushed the blossoms back, but news reports and the photos in my Facebook feed showed that it was finally time. With yesterday being the only dry day in the foreseeable future, I knew it could be my only opportunity.

The mild temperature and even some sunshine dodging between clouds brought out hundreds of people to the Quad to see the magical explosion of pale-pink-nearly-white blossoms. Families picnicked under the trees in true Japanese hanami style while casual strollers paused for selfies. It really felt like a celebration of spring, at long last!

And wouldn’t you know it – as I sat on a bench sketching, Kate spotted me! She and Feather had had the same idea about taking advantage of the weather. We made our own selfie, urban sketchers style!


  1. I think it is always breathtaking when so many trees are in bloom at the same time. Great sketch and photo. How fun that you found your friends.


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