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

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February 13, 2015 at 5:03 PM

Inside a time capsule where printing by hand still thrives


Sketched Feb. 11, 2015
daymoonpress2 rgbEven in this pixel-fixated city, artisans still thrive.

Take Maura Shapley, who established her business, Day Moon Press, on Beacon Hill in 1982. To keep up with demand, she works 60-hour weeks handcrafting wedding invitations, business cards and limited-edition books, which she prints one at a time on a Chandler and Price letterpress from the 1920s.


Comments | More in Businesses | Topics: Beacon Hill

February 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Lineless in Seattle: Trying pure watercolor sketches

My sketches always come with lines, but I’m trying to broaden my skill set by doing watercolor sketches with no lines at all. It’s a painterly approach to sketching that I’m looking forward to trying more often. It feels like hanging on a trapeze with no net! To get better at this, I’m taking a watercolor class from Tom Hoffmann at Gage Academy of Art. If I have the patience to stick with this approach, you may see more lineless sketches here in the future. I drew this one at a Panera Bread cafe this morning.


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January 30, 2015 at 7:42 PM

A playground that lifts a neighborhood


Stephanie Bower holds back tears as she reads a recent letter from Claire Barnett. Barnett’s daughters, Coriander and Blake, were traveling with their dad, David Clemetson, and stepmom, Carolyn Clemetson, when Alaska Airlines 261 crashed in 2000.


Sketched Jan. 28, 2015

It’s been 15 years, but Queen Anne resident Stephanie Bower hasn’t forgotten about her neighbors, the Pearsons and the Clemetsons. The two families — four adults and six children in total — were among 88 people, most with Seattle-area ties, whose lives were cut short when Seattle-bound Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crashed off the coast near Los Angeles on Jan. 31, 2000.


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