Field image: Surprise guest. Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island.

Field image: Surprise guest. Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island.

Field Image: Remnants from a tropical-themed office gathering. Bellevue looks kinda nice with palm trees. What do you think?

Field Image: Remnants from a tropical-themed office gathering. Bellevue looks kinda nice with palm trees. What do you think?

Field image: Parallel stripes spotted at Green Lake

Field image: Parallel stripes spotted at Green Lake

Field Image: Burke Gilman Trail, near the Adobe campus in Fremont. This corner of Seattle—framed by Lake Union and the towering spine of the Aurora Bridge—is a picturesque stage for people watching. Snapped this phone pic on Monday morning during an unusual warm spell.

Field Image: Burke Gilman Trail, near the Adobe campus in Fremont. This corner of Seattle—framed by Lake Union and the towering spine of the Aurora Bridge—is a picturesque stage for people watching. Snapped this phone pic on Monday morning during an unusual warm spell.

Field Notes: Sketching at The Henry and Lunch at The Fat Hen

Katie Miller and I swung by The Henry this afternoon to check out Sopheap Pich’s new exhibit and to brush up on our freehand sketch skills.

We also popped into The Fat Hen, a new French-inspired cafe designed by Graham Baba. I especially loved the open shelving, which exposed the everyday flour, oatmeal and grains that might typically be tucked away in a pantry.

Smoke Damage Uncovers New Lining

The folks at PB Elemental were recently the victims of a small electrical fire. While tearing out smoke damaged drywall, the team’s luck took a turn for the better. Check out these 2- by 4-foot beauties discovered beneath the firm’s formerly plain walls.

(Photo by Chris Pardo)

Though I’m sure it was no fun dealing with the aftermath of a fire, this is a pretty awesome silver lining.

"Luminous" Puts Spotlight on SAM’s Asian Collection

SAM didn’t have to look far to find inspiration for its latest exhibit. Channeling 13 countries, “Luminous” highlights 160 pieces culled almost entirely from the museum’s Asian art collection. Catherine Roche, Seattle Art Museum’s interim assistant curator of Asian art, curated the exhibit along with the guidance of Korean artist Do Ho Suh (the man behind the much-loved dog tag sculpture on SAM’s second floor) whose multimedia installation adds a welcome modern twist to the show.

A few snapshots from Tuesday’s press preview:


Do Ho Suh’s cloth multimedia gate


The wall is made of fabric and based on a gate from his parent’s home in Korea


Moon Jar by Park Young-sook, 2007


17th Century Japanese wall painting


Japanese screen


Child’s kimono


20th Century Japanese screen


Korean ceramics, 12th to 15th century


One of my favorite pieces, “Dragonflies and Butterflies,” a collaborative piece done by a group of Japanese artists from the Edo period (if I remember correctly)

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach

This weekend I zipped down to the Oregon Coast to catch some misty ocean vibes and to explore Haystack Rock. Children of the 80’s may recognize this massive formation from the opening scenes of The Goonies. It’s the world’s fourth largest seastack and accessible by foot at low tide. If you have a free weekend this fall, take a trip to Canon Beach to see this awesome sight for yourself. (Photo by Karen Gaudette)

Sweetest car on the block. Spotted in Wallingford.

Sweetest car on the block. Spotted in Wallingford.

Prototype chairs spotted in John Kirschenbaum's studio. Georgetown, Seattle.

Prototype chairs spotted in John Kirschenbaum's studio. Georgetown, Seattle.

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