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The Seattle Sketcher

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

Category: Statues


April 25, 2014 at 7:15 PM

In the land of the proud WSU cougar, first-time visitor finds a lot to root for

Sketched April 19 and 20, 2014

It took me eight years, but I finally set foot in Eastern Washington. That part of the state felt like a peaceful and beautiful place to live, though not “evergreen” at all.

From the campus of Washington State University atop College Hill in Pullman, I admired an expansive view of rolling hills and vast blue skies that reminded me a bit of southwestern Spain.


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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…


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August 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Proud to be a Husky

Sketched Aug. 29, 2013 While all eyes are on the new Husky Stadium, let me draw attention to a small, but familiar, piece of the upgraded complex: the 360-pound bronze husky sculpture that has welcomed fans since 1995 and is now the centerpiece of the Dawg Pack Entrance. Did you know “Husky Spirit” is related to…


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August 3, 2012 at 9:35 PM

‘Our boy Leif’ standing tall at Shilshole Marina

Sketched July 25, 2012 [Click on sketches to enlarge] The Leif Erikson statue at Shilshole Marina turned 50 this summer. A gift from local Scandinavians, the 17-foot scultpture of the Viking explorer had a rough start. Deemed “unexciting” by some city art officials, the monument wouldn’t be here today if the Port of Seattle hadn’t accepted…


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April 27, 2011 at 9:32 AM

The Ponies!

Sketched April 26, 10:44 a.m. After more than 10 years living in the U.S., I still haven’t been able to shake off my Spanish accent. Some words just don’t come out with the right pronunciation. For example, ponies. When I was telling people that Tuesday morning I sketched the ponies in Shoreline, most of them didn’t…


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