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The Seattle Sketcher

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

June 24, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Drawn to gooey creatures under the ferry dock

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Sketched June 23, 2013

lowtidestars-eWhat good timing! My Sunday sketch outing with the local urban sketchers group coincided with an exceptional low tide in Edmonds.

I set out to draw under the ferry dock with fellow sketcher Chandler O’Leary, a Tacoma-based artist and printmaker. Here, the water usually reaches almost to the top of the pilings, but because of the low tide, the space was open and walkable. We sketched for about two hours as dozens of families tiptoed through this unexpected marine cathedral, taking photos and yelling with excitement at the sight of every gooey creature. “Look, sweetie, it’s a baby sea star!” (Be sure to check Chandler’s drawings on her blog. They are amazing!)

If you can get to the Puget Sound shoreline on a low tide day, I recommend it. Unless you are one of those intrepid scuba divers or visit an aquarium, when else can you ever see marine life this close?

The pocket sketchbook spread shows drawings I did at the same location a couple of weeks ago.

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