SATURDAY OUTING TO POINT HUDSON!  A great sketching venue with lots of views to choose from…

POINT HUDSON BEACH & MARINA: Saturday 6/24; Port Townsend
Point Hudson Marina and beach is around the corner from the NW Maritime Center. The parking lot can be accessed from Monroe, then a right turn on Hudson. Proceed down Hudson past the Marina towards the beach, turn right and there is parking along the beachfront. Plenty of options to sketch the beach and marina, and in the rain there is good sketching from a parked car. Meet at 10am along the parking area outside of the Shanghai restaurant to go off to sketch. Return around 12:30 to the same spot to share and photograph sketches. Optional lunch at the marina or in Port Townsend to connect with members new and old and to celebrate our new official chapter status!

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Kai Tai Outing

IMG_1664IMG_1670Decent weather and a more-than-decent turnout for our midweek sketch outing to Kai Tai Lagoon!  A good time was had by all.  We had both stalwarts and some enthusiastic new sketchers.  Look for individual postings from our trip on Facebook and Flicker.

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Our upcoming Wednesday outing will be to Kai Tai Lagoon, a little oasis on the edge of downtown Port Townsend.  See you there!

KAH TAI LAGOON: Wednesday, 6/14; Port Townsend
Located off of Kearney Street across the street from the Food Co-op, and extends to Landes Street off 14th Street by Safeway. The trail from Landes to Kearney is about a 10-15 minute walk. There are benches along the way with great views of the lagoon, ducks native plants and shoreline. Park at the Park & Ride, across from Safeway on Haines and 12th. Meet at 10am at the entrance on Landes around the corner from the Park & Ride. If it rains, we can duck into the Food Co-op cafe. Return to the Park & Ride at 12:30 to share and photograph sketches.


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We’re Official!!!

We have just received word from the Urban Sketchers “front office”.  Our application for chapter status has been approved!  Port Townsend USk is now an officially recognized regional chapter of the international Urban Sketchers organisation!

Thanks go out to all the folks who’s hard work and persistence made our success possible: Margy, Darsie, Barb, Priscilla, Elsbeth, Carmel, and every last person who has shown up for our outings and shared their efforts.  Congratulations to all!

Together, with mutual support, we look forward to growing collectively as a chapter and individually as on-location sketchers, sharing our beautiful corner of the world with others, one sketch at a time!


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Ludlow Falls May 27, 2017 by Margy Cain

A beautiful spring day at the falls.  I am experimenting by using an acrylic wash to tone the Pentalic 140# watercolor 5×8 sketchpad paper, which is heavy enough to withstand most water media without rippling.  Watercolors behave differently on the toned paper; the color sits for awhile but then dries where you put it, then you can go over it with more color, watercolor pencils (Derwent Inktense) wetted with a brush to bring out the color, waterproof micron pen for details, and white Signo gel pen for the water and splashes.  The tan color is a good mid-tone to contrast the black basalt boulders, white water, and greenery. The overall tone ties the composition together.  So, I basically throw everything I have in my little field kit at the sketch! In my next post, I will share information about what I have used for sketching while traveling, and how it all fits in my carry-on.


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Reminder! Saturday outing to Port Ludlow Falls

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Port Ludlow Falls: Saturday 5/27; Port Ludlow

The Ludlow Falls Interpretive Trail is privately owned, however, the public has been granted access, provided trail rules are observed (no smoking, dogs on leash and cell phones off). This moderate trail has a couple short steeper pitches with stairs. There are several benches and forest viewing points, including one just above the falls.  The trail is a 1/2 mile loop with the falls at midpoint.

Directions from Port Townsend: Take Highway 20 to Hwy 19.  Continue on Hwy 116 at Port Hadlock and becomes Oak Bay Rd. Continue on Oak Bay Road and turn left on Breaker Lane The trail is normally accessed from Breaker Lane, near the Port Ludlow Associates (PLA) offices at the far west end of the Village Center.  Parking is allowed at the far end of the PLA lot.  Meet at the entrance of the trail at 10:00am to sketch, then return to the trailhead to share and photograph sketches.  Optional lunch in Port Ludlow, Port Hadlock or Port Towbsend.

Carpoolers meet at the QFC parking lot on Sims in Port Townsend and leave by 9:15am.

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Chetzemoka Group Photos!

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Belatedly!  Wednesday May 10th marked an enjoyable outing at Chetzemoka Park.  Darsie Beck and Ken Fulton joined us from Vashon but missed out on the group photo.  (See Darsie’s beautiful panorama and commentary below.)

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