Saturday, September 5, 2020



Here are a few snapshots from Maple Leaf: Seattle City Light workers in a cherry picker, and lots of trees, cars, wires and poles (even a few poles waiting to be installed). The one that makes me wistful, though, is the downtown skyline, which I can see a tiny glimpse of from Second Avenue Northeast.

The last time I was downtown was in February when USk Seattle sketched at Columbia Center – almost seven months ago. I think this may be the longest period of my adult life that has passed without a trip downtown. Even without counting the 11 years I worked downtown, the city has always been an ongoing part of my life. It was rapidly changing even when I saw it regularly. Will I recognize it as my city the next time I visit, whenever that is?


8/29 - 31/20


  1. Fun! Great stuff!

    I'd like to thank you for your inspiration.

    The day before yesterday I did my first "urban sketch" ever, and my first bit of "real drawing" in roughly forty years, after a couple of weeks of daily small sketches of small items while sitting on the couch.

    I have known the Maple Leaf neighborhood moderately well since the eaarly 1960s, and it is not much different, in many ways, than my Loyal Heights walking neighborhood.

    Thank you again, for a non-trivial contribution to my mental health.


    1. I'm so happy to hear you've been inspired to try urban sketching, Alan! Drawing is the best self-administered therapy I know of... keep going!

  2. Nice sketches of the moments and scenes around you. It is strange to not be able to see what is going on there when you were so used to being there to see and document so much. Hopefully things will improve soon.

    1. Thanks, Joan. I'm sure you must miss sketching in the city, too! Everything is so different now... going downtown used to be so easy and carefree.


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