Tuesday, January 21, 2014
I ran the Yukon Do IT Marathon in Port Orchard on December 29, 2013. It was my 17th marathon and my 7th this year in my quest for 8 in a 365 day period to bump up to "2 Star/Silver" level Marathon Maniacs. I had never been to Port Orchard and was looking forward to route and contrast in scenery along the water after having run 6 other marathons since last spring --Whidbey Island, Tacoma City, Seattle Rock n Roll, Bellingham Bay, New York, and Seattle. I went to Port Orchard the day before the race to pick up my race number and made a day of it with my friend Laura to check out the course, do a sketch, and see if I could find a winery. I discovered this great totem pole at the marathon start so sat in the car to do a sketch before heading off to find a winery. After the sketch, we drove to Lakebay WA and found a great winery called Trillium Creek Winery where we met the owners Claude and Claudia who were gracious hosts and had a romantic story. It was an all around wonderful day. The downside though was that Claude and Claudia were quite generous with their pours and I discovered that wine tasting + 1 hour sleep the day before a marathon is not the best pre-marathon routine and an excellent recipe for being almost last to the finish.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Gallery North and Cafe Louvre in Edmonds hosted The Seattle Urban Sketchers exhibits this month. During the artwalks for the month some of the sketchers sat outside and around the exhibits sketching as part of the shows. During the opening I sat in front of Gallery North and did a sketch of the sidewalk on Main Street and later in the month I sat at Cafe Louvre and chatted with other sketchers while I did a quick sketch while doing a very quick sketch while things were closing down for the night. Edmonds is a
sweet little town with cool spots.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Duuude-SPD-to-hand-out-Doritos-at-Seattle-Hempfest-219637441.html). As I walked the waterfront looking for a good sketch subject, I passed these two. Their sign said, "We need Like Seven Dollars." I gave them 10, and asked if they minded if I sat and sketched them. They told me their names were Lucky Charms and Miss Moon Cricket. While I was sketching, two Seattle Park Rangers came by and told them some tourists told them that the two were shouting profanities. Lucky and Miss Moon yelled over to me to ask me to confirm that they hadn't said anything profane. I said, "No, I didn't hear anything," and proceeded to talk for a bit to the Rangers. After they left, Lucky asked me, "Do you know what our sign means?""No, I said." "Like Seven Dollars - don't you get it?" "Ah, yes I get it!" Miss Moon told me to please make sure to draw the Xs on the eyes of "Herald the High Owl" and Lucky mentioned that Herald and his little pink friend's "Feed Me" sign, does not really pertain to actual food. Lucky Charms and Miss Moon Cricket were in Seattle from Portland for the Seattle Hempfest.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Monday, September 9, 2013
Esther Altshul Helfgott reading from her just published book Dear Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's Diary & Poems at a packed book launch yesterday at Elliott Bay Books. The event was a great success and the book soared to the top of the Elliott Bay Books best seller list: http://www.elliottbaybook.com/book/9781490572789. Powerful poems and insights that get to the heart of what matters in life and in death.