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The Seattle Sketcher

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

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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 23, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Shedding light on a familiar beacon

Sketched August 8, 2013 Perfect timing. The morning low tide allowed me to walk far out on the beach south of Alki Point and find a good angle to sketch Seattle’s most-hidden lighthouse. Boaters may be very familiar with the beacon that marks the southern entrance to Elliott Bay (Did you know it flashes every five…


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June 15, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Motel makeover revives fair spirit

Sketched May 30, 2012 [Click to enlarge] Ashwood Moss, Taos Taupe, Elmira White and Graphite. Those are the new colors of West Seattle’s only hotel, a 45-room motor inn built in 1960 in anticipation of the ’62 Seattle World’s Fair. The old motel hasn’t always sported this elegant muted palette. Owner Lynn Sweeney, who purchased the property…


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