My “Business” Sketchbook: At the Capitol

We’ve been working to the point where I’ve had little time to paint or
even sketch, however, we’ve been in a place I wanted to sketch:
we’ve been repairing historic shellac on the wainscot of two offices in the Legislative Building in the Washington State Capitol complex.

W14 9 24 WA CAPITOL 307:309 1 copy_2 DSC00113I had two opportunities to sketch
last weekend — about twenty minutes each.

Mitchell’s ladder was blocking the
wainscoting I needed to repair;
I took advantage and sketched him on the ladder.

I took images in order to add
watercolor back in the studio; I didn’t dare attempt watercolors in the Senate area

DSC00127The carpets are so beautiful:
Rhododendrons and Dogwoods.
Dogwoods are one of my favorite flowers;
they remind me of my grandma.

The details in the doors, ceilings
and lamps are amazing.
I’ve not seen such a beautiful building in a long time.  Graceful and tasteful, just enough glitz!

Mitchell also caught me working
in the senator’s office.

W14 9 24 WA CAPITOL 307:309 copyDrawn in an Stillman & Birn Delta journal
with a Brown-Black Uni-ball pen and watercolors.

URBAN SKETCHERAnd I joined the ranks of urban sketching!


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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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15 Responses to My “Business” Sketchbook: At the Capitol

  1. Valerie-Jael says:

    Love your sketches, how wonderful to be able to work and sketch at such a historic place! Enjoy! Valerie


  2. Beth says:

    I LOVE this! I’m a dramagal–have been traveling and doing drama for about 23 years now. I’m often in charge of putting together set and scenery–what you’ve done is just amazing.


  3. Thank you for mentioning Stillman & Birn in your blog post. Your work sounds truly fascinating and we’d like to know more. Could you please write to us at . Thanks.


  4. Reblogged this on Mpfconservation's Blog and commented:

    My sketches on location!


  5. Sammy D. says:

    Lucky you getting close up and leaving your beautiful work in such a historical building. They are such treasures of history and visited by generations past and future. You leave your personal legacy in the labor of many craftsmen and artists.


  6. deb says:

    How wonderful you get to work in such beautiful historical places. Love your sketches. Hugs! deb


  7. neesie23 says:

    What a spectacular building and your sketches are perfect in their detail.
    I’m so impressed that you can produce such brilliant work in 20 mins!


  8. Raquel says:

    I love your sketches, the drawings complete with the notes. Thanks for sharing this glimpse. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the images!


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