Sunday, January 2, 2011
Winter sketching gear
This week I sketched at Matthews Beach Park for my Saturday column. Read it on my Seattle Times blog in case you missed it. It's about two women who started the largest organized polar bear plunge in Seattle. Brrr! I get cold just thinking about jumping into the lake. But these folks love to start the year getting into the frigid waters of Lake Washington up to their necks to earn a "badge of courage."
Urban sketching, thank goodness, doesn't require jumping into lakes, but it can still be cold outside to practice our sport. These days I don't leave the house without my fingerless gloves, beanie hat and scarf. An umbrella is also a must because you don't want to miss out on a sketching opportunity just because you don't have a way to keep your sketchbook dry. I brought two in this occasion just in case —one for my subjects— but it didn't rain. Sketching outdoors while holding an umbrella is tricky, but still doable.
The fashion conscious reader may like to know that I'm wearing a winter coat by Portland-based global outfitter Columbia Sportswear. Michelle got it for me a couple of years ago and I love it. I just wish it had more pockets to put more art supplies.
Below is another photo shared by polar bear plunger Lilette Player (thanks Lilette!) More on my flickr page.