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 By Mack Benek    A & E

An impression of a grand water tower | Sketching Edmonds

The Olympic View water tower in Esperance has always been an impressive structure to me; the size and capacity are awe-inspiring. I think we tend to take for granted that, when we... — Updated 4/18/2022

 
 By Mack Benek    Opinion

Testing new supplies on Sunset

It's only a test. It's easy to get locked into one substrate and one form of media. For me, it has been a felt pen of one kind or another, along with a medium-weight multimedia... — Updated 3/10/2022

 
 By Mack Benek    Opinion

An inspiring piece of machinery | Sketching Edmonds

While sharing a company Christmas dinner with my wife's co-workers at the delightful little Italian restaurant on Fifth Avenue South – Girardi's – I asked if anyone knew what th... — Updated 1/20/2022

 
 By Mack Benek    Opinion

A tribute to Bridget Hanley | Sketching Edmonds

I was assigned a sketch of the Log Cabin Visitors Center on Fifth Avenue North in Edmonds visitors center as a tribute to Bridget Hanley, who recently passed away. It was her... — Updated 1/5/2022

 
 By Mack Benek    Opinion

A light pole evokes Christmas symbolism | Sketching Edmonds

My assignment this week was to do something "Christmasy." So much Christmas symbolism has become so cliché that it is a challenge to come up with something original. Admittedly,... — Updated 12/16/2021

 
 By Mack Benek    Opinion

The pumpkin patch on Highway 99 | Sketching Edmonds

The closest thing we have to an urban pumpkin patch here is probably Country Farms, which sits on the edge of Edmonds city limits on Highway 99 at 228th Street SW. The front is a... — Updated 10/29/2021

 
 By Mack Benek    Opinion

Inspiration found: A bench and a ukulele | Sketching Edmonds

After driving around Edmonds for almost an hour looking for inspiration, nothing was speaking to me. I decided to stop by Sunset Avenue and think about where to search next. Sunset... — Updated 9/29/2021

 
 By Mack Benek    Opinion

Teriyaki memories, samurai warriors | Sketching Edmonds

Every time I drive down Main Street past the little teriyaki restaurant next to the "Floatlines" mural, I have so many memories. My first experience with teriyaki was at Toshi... — Updated 8/26/2021

 
 By Mack Benek    Opinion

'Beach Studies': Sketching Edmonds

Not being a person who does well in direct sunlight, I nevertheless headed down to Marina Beach Park on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Sketch pad, pencils, watercolors, and water... — Updated 7/15/2021

 
 By Mack Benek    Opinion

An Edmonds icon in bright spring

It was spring of last year when sketched the North Sound Church on Bell Street. Trees and plants were just beginning to bud. The late afternoon sun lit up the bright white of the... — Updated 6/13/2021

 
 By Mack Benek    Opinion

An Edmonds ghost on Fifth | Mack Benek

An Edmonds ghost on Fifth This week I drew a ghost. After a couple of failed sketching trips, I consulted my flat file and pulled out some efforts from the past. This drawing of... — Updated 5/13/2021

 
 By Mack Benek    News

Spring, rebirth, new life | Sketching Edmonds

Driving down Fifth Avenue South, I was greeted with the explosion of blossoms on the trees in front of Beck's Tribute Center. After such a dark year, it struck me as such a hopeful... — Updated 4/15/2021

 
 By Mack Benek    A & E

Standing unique | Sketching Edmonds

After dropping my wife off at work, I decided to look for an appropriate subject for a quick sketch. Having driven by the little Hobby Shop on Fourth Avenue South many times, I... — Updated 3/18/2021

 

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