Marestone Island and Fort Flagler

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Mystery Bay looking south from the boat launch at Fort Flagler State Park

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The ismus between Indian and Marestone Island and the channel beyond

Marestone Island, in my opinion, is one of the few places in the Northwest that very much looks and feels like time stood still. The community of Nordland with its general store, fishing fleet and oyster farm could easily pass for something out of the 1930’s. Add Fort Flagler and the farmsteads to the picture and history goes back beyond to the early days of the 20th century.

Fort Flagler State Park has become one of our families favorite state parks for camping and for me sketching. While most of my sketching on this trip were within the camp grounds, I’m sure I could easily spend a day sketching in Nordland alone. A great place for a sketch outing – hint – hint.

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A Fine Summer Outing

IMG_0428IMG_0400The folks at Wilderbee Farm were more than welcoming for our Wednesday sketch outing and there was no shortage of inspiration.  A great spot, good company and a lot of lovely sketches…

Note:  We concluded our outing with a discussion about changing the venue for the upcoming Saturday July 29th outing and decided that downtown Port Townsend would be a better option.  Information on the Blog and Facebook will be updated accordingly.

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Reminder! Upcoming Wednesday Outing!

WILDERBEE FARM: Wednesday 7/12;  223 Cook Ave., Port Townsend                                                                                                                                                       An organic working farm featuring u-pick lavender, cut flowers, blueberries, and sheep. It’s a farm designed for visitors to feed (or sketch) the sheep, tour the fields and walk on the nature trails. Lots to see and do. We’ll meet at 10am at the Farm Store and meet back there by 12:30 for photos, discussion and possible plans for lunch(?)  See you there!

Directions:  From Sims in PT, turn on Sheridan (towards the hospital), left onto Hastings Ave, right onto Cook Ave Ext. 360.379.2434.

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The title should be being there in spirit because that’s what looking through my journal sketches of Port Townsend does for me. Yes, the boat yard is my favorite place to sketch as I can always rely on some classic work boat or pleasure craft to spark my creative spirit and sketch. So while I can’t be there now, at least I can open one of my journals, look at a sketch and find myself back in that spot however long ago  and bring it all back in an instant. See you all soon.


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A Great Day at Point Hudson


A good turnout on a beautiful day with some beautiful sketches to match!  Before our ink and sunscreen ran out, we adjourned to Alchemy for lunch.

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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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