Fort Casey’s 10″ guns

Hard for me to believe but for all the time I’ve spent in and around Port Townsend, Fort Worden and Fort Flagler,  I had never visited Fort Casey. This past weekend, late Sunday afternoon, my wife Chris, our friends Ken and Joan Fulton returning from a weekend urban sketcher event in Vancouver BC checked into NCO building number one at Fort Casey for a one night stay before returning to Vashon. At daybreak Monday morning  I quietly exited our unit and drove up to the forts batteries. I assumed I would see something similar to Fort Wordens concrete bunkers and empty gun stations. When I crested the hill, took in the view of the batteries, I could not believe my eyes when I saw the big 10″ disappearing guns on display. Were they always there and I just didn’t know it? Then I read the interpretive signage and realized these two guns came from Fort Wint, Subic Bay, the Philippines and were reinstalled here at Fort Casey in the mid 60’s.

Fort Wint on Grande Island in Subic Bay was an US Navy recreation center frequented by the author on a number of occasions when our ship was in port for refueling in the early 60’s. In those days these 10″ guns were rusting away amid the jungle foliage at the old abandoned fort. As a young seaman I spent time with my shipmates exploring these relics and once my tour of duty was over, I never expected to return to the Philippines or to see these guns again.

Here is my sketch of the big gun along with a smoky English Bay at dusk sketch in Vancouver.SMOKE AT DUSK ENGLISH BAY SHIPS_edited-1.jpg



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Call for a USk Port Townsend Logo Design

Dear Members,

Urban Sketchers Port Townsend is looking for a logo that can be used on our

business cards. If you are a member of USkPT, you are invited to join the fun!

Please read the following instructions carefully. The design must meet the criteria

outlined in the official USk Logo Design Guide (see attached). It will include the

black and white USk logo on the left side, the words “Urban Sketchers Port

Townsend” on the bottom right side in Gil Sans font and a logo above that. But

please don’t worry about the USk logo or the wording and font. You only need to

design the unique logo part that fits inside the blue box.

The design should be an original, unique design. It should be a B & W image that

represents who/where we are. It should be specific to the Port Townsend area,

showing something familiar and iconic. It should be in black and white not grey

scale. It could be adaptable to color but that’s not necessary. It should be simple

and polished and still readable when reduced down to the size of a biz card.

The Admins will short-list the submissions based entirely on whether they meet

the criteria set out in these instructions. Then all submissions will be presented to

this chapter via a Facebook poll so that the chapter can vote on the preferred

design. The designs will be presented anonymously so as to prevent bias.

To see examples of logos from other chapters around the world click here:…/fo…/0B49LYkqxSxVvWWZIS1gtemdYWG8…

To read the USk Logo Design Guide click here:…/0B49LYkqxSxVvVzhBZFV4UlhqZ…/view…

Deadline: Please send your design and contact information to by Wednesday, August 30, 2017. After review by the

Admins, USkPT chapter members will have three weeks to vote for the design.

Thank you, and happy sketching!

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Another Fine Day Downtown…


A fine time was had by all, despite a bit too much smoky haze in the air.  Several of our intrepid crew missed out on the final photos.  Look to our Facebook and Flicker groups for individual images—and post your sketches there as well!

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Reminder! Wednesday outing in PT!

COFFEE (BLTC): Wednesday 8/9; Port Townsend
Taking advantage of these Summer days, we will be in the Port Townsend downtown Historic District for a second round of sketching on our monthly Wednesday outing.  We will meet Wednesday the 9th at 10am at the picnic table outside BLTC (or inside if raining) and return there before 12:30 to photograph and share sketches.  Opportunities abound downtown for sketching (as well as for lunch afterwards!)  Better Living Through Coffee is located at 100 Tyler Street, on the water, just a half a block off of Water Street.

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Dancing Lines in Seattle!

(L to R: The Workshop announcement, KK & Melanie’s simultaneous dual sketch at Seattle Center.)

In mid July, I had the good fortune to be one of 30 sketchers enrolled in the Dancing Lines workshop in Seattle.  It was an inspired pairing of 2 phenomenal urban sketchers—Melanie Reim from New York City and Ch’ng Kiah Kiean from Penang, Malaysia (better known as “KK”).  The workshop attracted students from as far away as Vermont and Costa Rica!   Put together by Seattle Urban Sketchers Gail Wong (Workshops Program Coordinator for Urban Sketchers worldwide) and Jane Dillon Wingfield, the workshop proved to be a relentlessly challenging and inspiring experience that has continued to keep my head spinning 3 weeks on.

Melanie is professor and chair of the MA in Illustration Program at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, an award-winning illustrator, and a whirlwind of an urban sketcher.  See examples of her work on her blog.  She is a experienced teacher who put us through the paces.  Some of the topics covered:  The importance of thumbnails in evaluating composition (10 in 10 minutes).  Drawing groups of people as a single shape (add more defining detail if time permits).  Emphasizing the planes of the body for shading and definition.  Expressive linework using very mixed media (brush pens, dip pens, ArtGraf, colored pencils, etc., etc.)  Depicting people doing repetitive actions using multiple images superimposed.  Using an empty outline for background or foreground elements to dramatize a subject and a composition.  It was a full 2 days.

(L to R: Melanie talks body planes and surfaces while drawing up-side-down and backwards,  KK’s Pikes Market demo in progress).

KK, an artist with equally lively linework, is known to Urban Sketchers as a magician with a twig.  See his website to be directed to his work on various online sites.  KK supplied each student with a Water Jasmine twig, 2 prepared containers, and his preferred Chinese ink to fill them (he brought sufficient supplies from Penang for all his students here and in his several Chicago Symposium workshops).  KK primarily draws with a twig.  However, he punches in darks near the end of his drawing with a Chinese brush and adds shading with a drybrush technique.  He then concludes by often adding watercolor.  Although he carries an extensive palette, he is very restrained in using only a few colors in any individual piece—often emphasizing muted complementaries.  His technique is challenging to a beginner like myself.  I was convinced that my stick and ink bottle were to blame, until KK crouched beside me, took the stick from my hand, and begin to weave his magic on my paper.  Oh well, more practice I guess!

(L to R: My first twig sketch of MoPOP,  Seattle Center drawing chosen from my 10 thumbnails.)

(L to R: Repetitive motion–the flower sellers at Pikes,  2nd twig drawing with watercolor of Pikes Market.)

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Saturday Downtown

Blue skies, a wealth of subject matter and lots of sidewalk commentators.  Our Saturday outing was great fun.  Beautiful work was done by all.  Margy, Barb, Elsbeth and Mel continued on to Finnriver Cidery for pizza, cider, and people sketching!

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Upcoming Saturday Outing to Downtown Port Townsend…followed by Ad Hoc lunch outing to Finnriver Farm & Cidery!

COFFEE (BLTC): Saturday 7/29; Port Townsend
As discussed and decided at our last outing, this month’s Saturday venue has been changed to downtown Port Townsend.  The downtown Historic District provides choices and challenges enough to fill a shelf full of sketchbooks and we will take advantage of likely good weather to explore the area on two successive outings (Saturday July 29th and Wednesday August 9th)!  We will meet Saturday at 10am at the picnic table outside BLTC (or inside if raining) and return there before 12:30 to photograph and share sketches.  Better Living Through Coffee is located at 100 Tyler Street, on the water, just a half a block off of Water Street.

Ad Hoc Outing ALERT!  In lieu of lunch in town, following our Saturday morning outing, there will be an Ad Hoc outing to Finnriver Farm & Cidery for lunch, refreshment and further sketching for all interested sketchers and friends.  Woodfired pizza will be available there along with, of course, their own excellent ciders.  They are located at 124 Center Road in Chimacum.


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