Follow us:

The Seattle Sketcher

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

Category: Waterscapes


December 6, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Old city bathhouses stage comeback

Sketched Nov. 18, 2013 Talk about an interesting transformation. Back in the early 70s, when people stopped using the city’s historic bathhouses as places to change into their swimwear, the little brick buildings were repurposed as art centers. Currently, Seward Park’s is a ceramic studio, Madrona Beach’s hosts a dance company, and…


0 Comments | More in Buildings, History, Waterscapes | Topics: Green Lake

November 29, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Breaking ground by breaking ice again

Sketched Nov. 26, 2013 For the first time in years, the Polar Star is about to go break some ice. Budget cuts and repairs kept the aging heavy-duty icebreaker sidelined since 2006, but come Tuesday, it will leave Pier 36 on a four-month deployment to Antarctica. Deck Officer Paul Garcia said the mission is to break a…


0 Comments | More in Boats, Military, Waterscapes | Topics: Downtown waterfront

November 15, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Unwelcoming November chill still marks birthplace of Seattle

An austere monument at Alki Avenue S.W. and 63rd Avenue S.W. marks the “birthplace of Seattle,” the point along the West Seattle shoreline where a group of pioneers led by Arthur Denny landed 162 years ago this week. I used to think the Denny Party stumbled upon these lands the same way Columbus happened…


0 Comments | More in History, Statues, Waterscapes | Topics: West Seattle

July 16, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Sketchbook memories from Highway 101 road trip

The number of amazing scenic locations along the Pacific coast between Seattle and San Francisco is too many to count. How do you even start planning a road trip?

For our week-long vacation, my wife, Michelle, and I decided to make stops in Newport, Ore., and McKinleyville, Calif., before arriving to our destination, a hotel facing the ocean in Pacifica, south of San Francisco. We had stayed there 12 years ago, before we got married, and loved it. Why not repeat?

Except Pacifica and San Francisco, the rest of the trip was a new experience for us and for our two kids. We visited the aquarium in Newport, got our feet wet in desolate beaches along the coast, admired the majestic redwoods in Humboldt County and saw a colony of sea lions from a bluff in Moss Beach, Calif.

Though I don’t feel like drawing as much as I used to on my time off — I already sketch for my job! — I could not keep my hands away from the sketchbook to record some of those precious moments. If you have recommendations for a future coastal trip, perhaps closer to home, I’m all ears!

Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Newport, Oregon.


0 Comments | More in Sketchbook, Waterscapes

June 24, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Drawn to gooey creatures under the ferry dock

Sketched June 23, 2013 What 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…


0 Comments | More in Nature, Waterscapes | Topics: Edmonds, Puget Sound

Next Page »