Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bradner Gardens 3-The Zombie Rabbit

Sketches in progress at Bradner P-Patch
As I stood there sketching my last two of the day, I couldn't help but remember a familiar refrain from Irving Berlin:
Blue skies smilin' at me
Nothin' but blue skies do I see
Blue birds singin' a song
Nothin' but blue skies from now on
I never saw the sun shinin' so bright, never saw things goin' so right.......
"Blue Skies" by Irving Berlin

And yet.......
I felt like nicknaming this patch the "Garden of the Undead". Most of the seasonal produce had been harvested and perennials remained. (Get it? Perennials LOOK like they've died off, but they keep coming back!) Then, their ghoulish smiles and faded coloring lent these two scarecrows a distinctly "Frankenstein-ish" quality. Well, the Executive Scarecrow did anyway. In this photo you're looking at the back. I sketched him from the front. Ahem. FYI. XYZ.

The "scare rabbit" just looked like a zombie. He was the right color, for sure, and he had these "x" shaped stitches in his ears and on his pouch/pocket.
Power source at the ready, all we need now is a kite and some lightning.
Winding paths connect the seven ornamental theme gardens of Bradner Gardens Park: butterfly & hummingbird, fragrance, sensory, shade, xeriscape, winter interest and northwest native. Watch the bees buzz the 61 p-patch plots. Learn the alphabet under the watchful eye of the baby scarecrow in the children’s A to Z garden. Learn how to grow food crops in the Seattle Tilth and Urban Food demonstration gardens. Watch birds take shelter in the native plant habitat. See more than 50 varieties of ornamental street trees recommended for small spaces and under utility lines. Paraphrased and quoted with map from Seattle parks website.
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I started in the Children's Garden, sketched the bride scarecrow in the northern P-Patch, toured the rest of the sculptures and ended with these two from the large P-Patch in the southeast corner of the garden.The rest of the ad hoc group of USk Seattle were sketching their own subjects around the garden.

At the end of the meet up we met in the center at the Pavilion to share our sketches. -August 21, 2015.


  1. These scarecrows are just so fun. Nicely captured!!

  2. Wild, right!? I had a lot of fun exploring that garden and discovering these scarecrows. Thanks for your kind words, Joan