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

December 27, 2013 at 3:59 PM

A look back at 2013: Working on the fly to find new perspectives

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A burst of wind lifted the featherweight wing and I soared into the sky, holding my sketchbook tighter than I ever had.

Drawing while paragliding down Tiger Mountain near Issaquah has to top my selection of the most challenging sketching situations I encountered in 2013. I still can’t believe I could bring myself to fly the tandem with paragliding instructor Marc Chirico, but the allure of making a sketch while airborne was too hard to resist.

The situation proved that, no matter how much I plan my sketching, unpredictable things happen. In past years it was the turkeys and goats that attacked me while drawing urban farmers. And the kayaking excursion to the Kalakala I thought would be a piece of cake, but was so grueling that I ended up flipping the kayak from exhaustion.

Fortunately, I didn’t take any plunges or deal with unruly animals in 2013, but challenges presented themselves in other forms.

The Underground Tour and the “Nightmare on 9” attractions tested my ability to draw in the dark, not to mention my stomach for scary characters and clowns.

Weather also continued to be a nuisance at times. I remember the vulnerable feeling of walking along the I-90 bridge on a windy day. And being trapped in the back seat of volunteer pilot Bob Schaper’s little Cessna as we flew just beneath the clouds to take liver-transplant survivor Sierra Lorenzo back home to Oregon.

As the year ends, I can only start to imagine the challenges and opportunities 2014 will bring.

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