April 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Sketched March 26, 2013
With less than 10 minutes to spare before the next light rail train would arrive, I set out to sketch one of the striking underground murals that brightens the scene at Westlake Station.
The whimsical porcelain enamel mural is so big (10 by 35 feet) that it’s actually best seen from the northbound bay across from where I stood. From my vantage point and given the time constraint, all I could sketch was a little fragment on the bottom-left corner that shows a woman holding a broadsheet. Before I realized it, commuters on their way to the airport were surrounding me and it was time to board the train and close my sketchbook.
This was my first encounter with the work of local artist Fay Jones. A thorough essay about her can be read on History Link.
March 11, 2013 at 5:49 PM
Here’s a new entry of my “artspotting” series: a detail of a mural you may have seen from the light rail or if you found yourself near the Sodo busway and South Holgate Street, as I did a couple of weeks ago. It was created in 2008 by Kristen Ramirez and a long list of urbanartworks.org youth artists, including Charlie Braseth, Jerome Cabang, Evan Harkey, Damonte Jackson, Lamarr Kimmons, James Loaris III, Nick McArn, Cari Mitchell, Stephen Palmer, Charls Magne Sotelo, Ja’Cola Whidby, Hai Shan Wu and mentor artist Kaleb Hunkele.
I later realized that I had sketched Ramirez in 2009 when she was working on another cool art project: Noise as art from the Fremont bridge.
All this sketching sure makes me feel more connected to Seattle and the people who make our city such a cool place to live. It’s good to be reminded of where we are!
“You are here.”
February 27, 2013 at 5:48 PM
We’re lucky to enjoy all sort of cool street murals and public artwork in the greater Seattle area. But how much do you know about each of these masterpieces?
In an effort to increase my knowledge of public art and street artists, I’m giving myself the task to sketch the artwork as soon as I see it. Call it “artspotting” via quick line-only sketches.
To start this occasional series, here’s a mural on Capitol Hill that was just painted last year. It shows a young woman holding an umbrella and extending her hand to feel the rainfall. She is looking up, seemingly unaware of a beehive opening up next to her.
Pretty awesome, right? The fantastic scene was painted by artist Derek Wu in collaboration with students from the Northwest School. It can be found at Plymouth Pillars Park on Capitol Hill.
If you sketch it, send me your drawing and I’ll share it on my Facebook page.
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