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About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.


Urban Sketchers Seattle met in the center of downtown Seattle to sketch inside the CityCentre building. There was snow in the north end but cold and wind at our location. Only one intrepid sketcher braved the weather to sketch outside. … Continue reading

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The Kaiser Care Clinics in Bartell’s Drug Stores are a boon. I had symptoms that indicated I needed an ear wash. This clinic makes it so easy to just drop in to be seen for this sort of minor thing. … Continue reading

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Yet more dogs

Three more sketches of adoptable dogs from the Kitsap Humane Society’s Instagram images.  They all go in an envelope to send as a batch as I’m now donating all the originals.

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More shelter dogs

Last week I wrote that Kitsap Humane Society had accepted the offer of my sketches made from their Instagram images.  Today I sent them the first collection: Over the weekend, I started more.

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Sound and Color

Yesterday, the Urban Sketchers Tacoma met at the Asian Pacific Festival held in the Tacoma Dome. It was just as I remembered it from the one other time I went: LOUD, crowded, colorful. I came prepared with earplugs and I … Continue reading

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Another art charity project

I contacted Kitsap Humane Society about donating the originals of my sketches of their Instagram photos.  They’ve accepted and might use them as auction items. My reasoning is that, at best, the sketches have a “shared copyright”.  I sketched from … Continue reading

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Historic Drive-In

After some errands in Tacoma, I decided to find a burger joint I’d heard about.  Frisko Freeze is located in Tacoma’s North End neighborhood.  It’s on the Tacoma Registry of Historic Places and it has been serving burgers and more … Continue reading

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A “Nominal” experience

The Museum of Flight hosted a launch event. Space X scheduled the first launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket for 10:30 PST today. However, when I arrived, I learned the lift off was delayed until 12:30. So I did my … Continue reading

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Lake Wilderness Lodge

A small group of sketchers who live in the south end (South King County, North Pierce Co) get together on Mondays to sketch. We’re mostly from Urban Sketchers Tacoma and Seattle. We’ve been meeting at Ikea to talk and draw. … Continue reading

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BSides Seattle

It seemed like a good idea at the time. I joined Himself in registering for the Seattle version of BSides, a virtually free IT security conference. My reasoning was that it gave me a reason to go to the Microsoft … Continue reading

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