This week I did not have a cohesive collection of sketches. However, each sketch has sparked an idea for future projects I hope to post soon. Enjoy this collection of miscellaneous sketches and stay tuned for future developments.

My first library sketch is of the historic West Seattle Branch Library. The West Seattle Branch Library was funded by Andrew Carnegie's philanthropic efforts, opening in 1910.

My first library sketch is of the historic West Seattle Branch Library. The West Seattle Branch Library was funded by Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropic efforts, opening in 1910.

The Seattle Public Library recently announced that they will open all their branches on Sundays. Due to budget issues many neighborhood libraries had to close their doors on Sundays. However, a library levy passed in August included money to open all branches on Sundays.

To celebrate, the library system has challenged its patrons to visit 15 libraries in 15 weeks starting on Sunday, January 6. I have decided to take on this challenge, and sketch each library I visit. Stay tuned for further Seattle Library sketches and stories.

The atrium at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. This room is dedicated to South Asian statuary portraying buddhas, gods and goddesses in the Buddhist and Hindu traditions.

The atrium at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. This room is dedicated to South Asian statuary portraying buddhas, gods and goddesses in the Buddhist and Hindu traditions.

I also recently visited the wonderful Seattle Asian Art Museum. The museum is a hidden gem of Seattle, tucked away in Capital Hill’s Volunteer Park. As its name implies, this museum houses the Seattle Art Museum’s (SAM) collection of art from Japan, China, India and other Asian countries.

Even if you are not a fan of Asian art, the art deco building that houses the collection is worth a visit. The park is also a classic example of the Olmsted brother’s work with sweeping lawns and shady woods. Stay tuned for more sketches of SAM’s collections and properties.

During my time in Mt. Vernon, I only had the chance to sketch this view of Highway 99 and a gas station next to my motel. This was even more difficult when the sun rose, blocking half the view.

During my time in Mt. Vernon, I only had the chance to sketch this view of Highway 99 and a gas station next to my motel. This was even more difficult when the sun rose, blocking half the view.

This finally sketch is of old highway 99 near Mt. Vernon, WA. Mt. Vernon is a small town ninety minutes north of Seattle and is famous for its annual tulip festival. Downtown Mt. Vernon has a charming collection of shops housed in historic brick buildings. The Calico Cupboard is particularly famous for its breakfast and lunches.

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