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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

September 12, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Ancient apple orchard still bears fruit in the city

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Sketched Sept. 11, 2014

Harvest time at Piper’s Orchard has started and Don Ricks is up on a ladder, loading handfuls of Tompkins King apples into a bucket strapped to his torso. Every now and then, he throws one to curious passers-by walking on the trail nearby and he’s happy to answer questions.

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Comments | More in Community, Food and restaurants, History, P-Patches and gardens

September 5, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Colony of floating homes a center of attention

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Sketched Sept. 4, 2014

Considering it wasn’t in “Sleepless in Seattle,” the rundown floating home you see above attracts a lot of attention.

As I sneaked in to sketch on the swaying dock, curious paddleboarders came in close, and people on Jet Skis snapped photos with their smartphones. I also overheard a kayaker shouting to his fellow paddlers: “This is the oldest floating home in Seattle.”

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Comments | More in Community, History, Waterscapes | Topics: Lake Union, Portage Bay

August 15, 2014 at 6:18 PM

At 79, noted scientist still rows to work and for play

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Sketched Aug. 4, 2014

When the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center relocated from First Hill to South Lake Union in the late 1990s, Dr. Rainer Storb, one of its most prominent scientists, started to commute to work by rowing. Now 79 years old, he still does.

A little after 6 in the morning, Storb leaves his Madison Park condo on Lake Washington and rows his way through the Montlake Cut and Portage Bay until he reaches an old wooden cabin near E.East Garfield Street where he stores his boat.

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Comments | More in Boats, Portraits, Recreation, Sports, Transportation, Waterscapes | Topics: South Lake Union

August 8, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Drive-up mural isn’t just any old roadside attraction

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Sketched July 31, 2014

Jeri Drager’s collection of classic American cars off Highway 99 in Shoreline is a bright spot amid a bland landscape. He sells most of his cars at trade shows — Bruce Willis bought one in Idaho — and over the Internet, so few people visit his showroom or even know it’s here. But a new mural he recently commissioned is attracting more onlookers, including this sketcher.

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Comments | More in Artspotting, Businesses, Cars | Topics: Highway 99, Shoreline

July 11, 2014 at 10:16 PM

South Lake Union’s past won’t be entirely blocked by development

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Sketched July 8, 2014

I’ve had my eye on the Troy Laundry building in South Lake Union since I started working at The Seattle Times, which is just around the corner, almost eight years ago.

I used to sketch it from my window at the old Times building. And I’ve often walked by on my way to lunch or to check the food trucks that congregate in the area.

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Comments | More in Buildings, Businesses, History | Topics: South Lake Union

June 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Long wait for new bridge is over, South Park to party

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Sketched June, 24, 2014

Four years ago, the South Park neighborhood lost an important link to the rest of Seattle when its aging bridge over the Duwamish River was closed for safety reasons. Residents were angry and business owners worried about their future: “Please, don’t let the bridge close,” read a big sign of protest that I sketched back then.

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Comments | More in Community, Construction | Topics: South Park

June 20, 2014 at 11:16 PM

An extreme low tide brings out high interest and new discoveries

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Sketched June 14, 2014

low tide sealife comboAn excursion to the Puget Sound shoreline never disappoints, especially during the extreme low tides that usually happen around the summer and winter solstice.

In Edmonds, the tide reached its lowest point of the year, minus 2.98 feet, last Saturday at 12:21 p.m. That was so low that people could sneak in under the ferry dock, a rarely accessible area where the waterline would rise 15 feet by 7:45 p.m. and reach almost to the top of the pilings seen in my sketch.

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Comments | More in Nature, Recreation, Waterscapes | Topics: Edmonds

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