Saturday, March 30, 2019

Nearly Peak Experience at the Quad

3/29/19 UW Quad

Between the weather and peak blooming, timing an Urban Sketchers Seattle sketch outing at the University of Washington Quad is a tricky matter. Yesterday we hit it just right: While the cherry blossoms weren’t quite at 100 percent, they were close enough, and the sunshine on a cool morning was a bonus.

Roy DeLeon invited me and three other sketchers to participate in a 360-degree sketch. The only other time I’ve done that was at the downtown library a few months ago, and it was a lot of fun, so I came armed with my panorama landscape sketchbook. As expected, hundreds of people milled about, enjoying the magical, ethereal blossoms, and some – like the three ladies in the foreground of my sketch – were having a traditional hanami picnic under the clouds of sakura trees.

360-degree sketchers hard at work.
Magical sakura blossoms


  1. I will have to look at your sketches of the blossoms as my cherry blossom fix this year since I will miss them here. There are so few trees in Venice. I'll have to check the few locations I know that have parks with trees and see if anything is in bloom.

    1. You might miss the blossoming trees, but I'm looking forward to your sketches of all the great stuff you'll see in Venice! Have a wonderful time, Joan!


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