Sketch outing in Gig Harbor, WA with USK Tacoma

Gig Harbor is a small maritime city or approximately 7,000 residents in the Puget Sound area that is located in what we all call The Peninsula. It is easily accessible by car  crossing a magnificent bridge from west Tacoma. It is only ten minutes with decent traffic from Tacoma, around 50 or so from Seattle. Last Thursday after the Labor Day weekend a sketch out was on the schedule and since I was on leave I decided it was the perfect sketching opportunity. The meet up was at  Finholm’s Grocery and Meat. I figured that it would be a good idea to sketch this grocery store as it has been in this location for many generations and it is actually a historic part of town. The store is surrounded by beautiful homes that are up in the hill right behind the store. My favorite house on top of that hill was painted in different shades of gray and that gave me inspiration to try my Faber-Castell collection of gray value brush pens and used this as my primary palette with some watercolor for the trees and this is the result.


After reuniting with the group and enjoying all the wonderful sketches I could not leave town without sketching the Gig Harbor Bay as it is such a beautiful landscape. The town was quiet, the sun was coming out although was on the chilly side but the view was stunning.


This is all for that day. On my following posts I will share some additional sketches I produced during the week prior. I will also be working on loading all the sketches I was able to do during our last escapade to Vancouver BC.

Until next time!



About D. Abreu

I am a psychotherapist by profession but felt in love with the arts, watercolor painting and Urban Sketching. With no formal background or education in fine arts I decided to teach myself using any resources I could find and this is my journey.
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