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The town of Tacoma was a wonderful surprise: such a great mix of old, old buildings and modern architecture like the Glass Museum.

These two sketches were made very quickly while watching a glass-making demo at the museum.


Two sketches from SAM:Everyone that passed this huge metal cloak would go peek inside it. Or take a closeup picture of the thousands of dogtags that made up the cloak. I loved the huge rat in the background. It’s about 1.5 times the size of a human, and sits atop a life size sleeping human figure.

The kids got museumed-out so I took them to the “kid area” where they could play with puzzles and generally be loud. They played, I sketched the view out of  a very narrow window.

This ballon guy had a different colored beard every day. he explained that he could collect a donation for a balloon, but not sell it to you. And he could only keep his spot for one hour. After that he had to give it up to any other artist or musician who wanted the spot. it all seemed very complicated. I could have sketched at Pike Place all week and not been done!

It rained on our last day in seattle so we went to the aquarium. this is the view from the cafeteria. the red of the cranes really stood out on a hazy, rainy day.

These 3 sketches are from the Flight Museum. Hari and the kids went around and looked at all the exhibits,I sat in the room of old planes, never looked at the rest of the museum and sketched…

The Whale Museum on San Juan island is a little gem of a place.  Nishant thought it should be called “The Cetacean Museum”.

Little tank on the pier, Friday Harbor.

More boats. Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, and Orcas Island.

It’s fun to draw a scene like this with a pen that isn’t waterproof. I like how the watercolors make the lines run…

I never end up drawing what I eat because I eat it too fast. Most of my sketches are after we order, while we wait for out food to arrive. Or, I wolf down my food and sneak in a quick sketch.

I forget what this place at Friday Harbor was called.It had brilliant red walls, superb fish and chips and very slow service: Perfect for sketching! A very hungry Nish and Hari waiting for their food.

We had a not-so-great breakfast here, but the old metal sign on the back wall was superb.

The Market Chef has the best sandwiches on the island. And is run by the nicest couple.


This pizzeria, on Orcas Island, had a gorgeous mural all over it’s walls .

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