Sketching Seattle, June 2012

Traveling to Seattle in June was spectacular. I had the opportunity to spend a full day in The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, hosted by Iain Robertson, Associate Professor at the University of Washington in Landscape Architecture who showed is the reserve where vegetation and place making is a Design Medium. He gave us a limited palette of just a couple markers or crayons to use in capturing the essence of the reserve. Featured sketches show a path through the woods near a small pond, and a Japanese pavilion, designed by Seattle landscape designer and nurseryman Fujitaro Kubota.  The coniferous trees surrounding the garden provide a dark backdrop for the bold colors of Japanese maples and meticulously-pruned pines and flowering trees.The elements of stone and sand evoke meditative moods in the Dry Garden, designed by Koichi Kawana, professor of landscape architecture at the University of California.

“We have been influenced by the Oriental attitude toward nature and the expression of it in Japanese and Chinese gardens. They have mastered the art of creating compositions using plants, earth and water, which induce visual and aesthetic emotions.” – Prentice Bloedel

The bridge sketch featured here was drawn on location in Fremont with Frank Ching in his Stomping grounds near Google and Adobe. The George Washington Memorial Bridge is a cantilever and truss bridge that carries Aurora Avenue N. over the west end of Seattle’s Lake Union between Queen Anne and Fremont. The bay offers a sweet view of the waterways and island neighborhoods that make Seattle so special and wonderfully maritime, while at the same time remaining metropolitan and high tech.

 

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