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The Seattle Sketcher

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

December 12, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Take it easy, Mr. Wind!


Last night’s storm inspired this drawing before I went to sleep. It’s not the usual fare you are used to in this blog, but I hope you don’t mind a little change of pace. Thousands of people are still without power in Western Washington, so my thoughts go out to them. Here’s a link to the updates from The Seattle Times:


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December 5, 2014 at 10:23 PM

It’s magic when the mountain peeks out


Sketched Dec. 3, 2014

For much of the year, clouds erase Mount Rainier from the horizon like an illusionist playing a trick on us.

Earlier this week, however, clear skies made the massive peak visible on not one but three consecutive days, and I took that as a sign that a sketch may be overdue.


Comments | More in Skylines | Topics: Downtown, UW

November 28, 2014 at 9:27 PM

ACT’s ageless “Carol” wins over a new fan


Sketched Nov. 26, 2014

Somehow I missed the details of “A Christmas Carol” when I studied Dickens in grade-school in Spain — I was probably too busy reading “Don Quixote.”

This week, however, I was fully introduced to Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come during a dress rehearsal at the ACT Theatre in downtown Seattle.


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November 21, 2014 at 6:08 PM

It’s time for the Saints to go marching


Sketched Nov. 18, 2014

It’s almost show time for Fassli and Darla.

Friday morning, the enormously cute St. Bernards will be cheering up the crowds at the Macy’s Holiday Parade in downtown Seattle.

They’ll be joined by more than 20 other “Saints” and their owners, including Rick Boldt, of Auburn, and about 30 other members of the St. Bernard Club of Puget Sound. The owners wear black pants and red jackets while their “reindeer” pull kids and grown-ups in festively decorated carts.


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November 14, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Video rentals can still be a neighborhood cottage industry

Sketched Nov. 12, 2014

Gabi_1114_Reckless_03This just in: Reckless Video, an independently owned video store in Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood, is NOT closing!

That’s tongue-in-cheek, of course, but you get the point. In the rapidly changing landscape of local retail, it’s worth highlighting unique businesses facing tough economic realities.


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November 8, 2014 at 11:15 AM

A calm retreat above the bustle



Sketched Nov. 5, 2014

You may recognize these arched windows overlooking Pike Place Market and Elliott Bay. They frame a hidden space on the top floor of the Corner Market building that used to house Chez Shea restaurant but has been home to Storyville Coffee since last fall.

The upscale coffeehouse was the first for the Bainbridge Island roaster that started as an e-commerce business in 2006 and has since opened stores at First and Madison and Queen Anne Avenue.


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October 13, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Taking a Pronto bike for a spin

Sketched Oct. 10, 2014

So, did you ride a Pronto bike yet?

I haven’t joined the program, which launched today, but I had an opportunity to take one for a spin last Friday inside the Pronto Cycle headquarters in Sodo. The spacious warehouse was filled with hundreds of bikes being readied for deployment to bike stations like the one I showed you a few days ago.


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