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The Seattle Sketcher

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

August 8, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Drive-up mural isn’t just any old roadside attraction


Sketched July 31, 2014

Jeri Drager’s collection of classic American cars off Highway 99 in Shoreline is a bright spot amid a bland landscape. He sells most of his cars at trade shows — Bruce Willis bought one in Idaho — and over the Internet, so few people visit his showroom or even know it’s here. But a new mural he recently commissioned is attracting more onlookers, including this sketcher.


Comments | More in Artspotting, Businesses, Cars | Topics: Highway 99, Shoreline

July 11, 2014 at 10:16 PM

South Lake Union’s past won’t be entirely blocked by development


Sketched July 8, 2014

I’ve had my eye on the Troy Laundry building in South Lake Union since I started working at The Seattle Times, which is just around the corner, almost eight years ago.

I used to sketch it from my window at the old Times building. And I’ve often walked by on my way to lunch or to check the food trucks that congregate in the area.


Comments | More in Buildings, Businesses, History | Topics: South Lake Union

June 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Long wait for new bridge is over, South Park to party


Sketched June, 24, 2014

Four years ago, the South Park neighborhood lost an important link to the rest of Seattle when its aging bridge over the Duwamish River was closed for safety reasons. Residents were angry and business owners worried about their future: “Please, don’t let the bridge close,” read a big sign of protest that I sketched back then.


Comments | More in Community, Construction | Topics: South Park

June 20, 2014 at 11:16 PM

An extreme low tide brings out high interest and new discoveries


Sketched June 14, 2014

low tide sealife comboAn excursion to the Puget Sound shoreline never disappoints, especially during the extreme low tides that usually happen around the summer and winter solstice.

In Edmonds, the tide reached its lowest point of the year, minus 2.98 feet, last Saturday at 12:21 p.m. That was so low that people could sneak in under the ferry dock, a rarely accessible area where the waterline would rise 15 feet by 7:45 p.m. and reach almost to the top of the pilings seen in my sketch.


Comments | More in Nature, Recreation, Waterscapes | Topics: Edmonds

June 13, 2014 at 5:42 PM

How you can get your share of solar energy


Sketched June 10, 2014

If it were up to Gina Hicks, more rooftops would be covered with solar panels like the picnic shelters at Jefferson Park.

Hicks is one of a few hundred Seattle City Light customers with a stake in Community Solar, a little-known program that allows customers to invest in solar energy without having to install solar panels directly on their homes. It works like this: You buy a share of the power capacity of city-owned solar arrays and get credited for the energy they produce every year.


Comments | More in Parks | Topics: Beacon Hill

May 23, 2014 at 6:37 PM

A master of making art from old vacuums

Will Flannery can transform your grandmother’s old Hoover into a piece of art.

Sketched May 20, 2014

Hoarders like me always have an excuse to avoid spring cleaning. Why not make something out of all that junk in the garage instead of throwing it away?

Vacuum repairman Will Flannery proves my point. He recycles old parts from machines he can’t fix and turns them into art. While he worked at the Vac Shop in Georgetown years ago, he created eye-catching works still on display outside the shop. You can’t drive along 4th Avenue South without noticing the uncanny Groucho Marx or Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer — all made out of unusable vacuums people dropped off or traded in.


Comments | More in Portraits | Topics: Bothell, Georgetown

May 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Olympic Sculpture Park stands tall on a sunny day


Sketched May 13, 2014

Did you get out and enjoy the sun this week? With temperatures in the 70s and 80s, it felt just like summer. Sitting by Alexander Calder’s “Eagle” at Olympic Sculpture Park, I saw people reading books, walking their dogs and taking in the magnificent views of the Olympic Mountains.

The park feels so right in this location, it’s hard to believe it didn’t exist when I moved here eight years ago. It opened in 2007 on the former site of a fuel-storage facility that took years to clean up.


Comments | More in Nature, Parks, Skylines, Waterscapes | Topics: Belltown

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