Friday, October 8, 2021

October SketchCrawl - Irving Park, Saturday 10/16

Sketch by Andrea Matthews
Sketch by Andrea Matthews
Just in time for Autumn, let's sketch this public park full of maples. Irving Park also encompasses broad rolling lawns, some shelters in case of rain, a playground, and a public toilet. There is a cafe (no indoor seating) just a few blocks away for your coffee, pastry, and sandwich needs.

It would be a good idea to bring a fold-up stool if you have one. 

For pre-meeting coffee and treats, the nearest cafe is Cafe Destino at NE Fremont & 14th.

Saturday, 10/16

9:30-10am: Meet at park entrance across from Door of Hope Northeast, 831 NE Fremont Street

12pm: We'll reconvene within sight of this same entrance for the sketchbook throwdown.

NOTE: If the forecast is for rain that morning, we will likely meet up on the south side of the park under a shelter just east of the tennis courts.

Trimet line 8 passes nearby on NE 15th. There is some street parking available.




Here's some information on the trees of Irving Park.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

How to stop the "first page jitters"...

 I have more sketchbooks than a reasonable person should own. Most of which are still blank. I've suffered for years with the affliction of "first page jitters". I now move past my debilitating sickness by making the first page of my sketchbook an ode to one of the loves of my life...Coffee. 

Here is my new sketchbook with a drawing of my morning coffee:



Saturday, September 18, 2021

Hammi - not a sketchcrawl

As it turns out, the weather was absolutely miserable this morning.  And I have to admit that I was relieved that I wouldn't be out tramping around in a park somewhere.

But, hearkening back to our virtual sketchcrawls, I did do a bit of sketching today.

This is Hammi, whom I'm fostering.  She has a prospective furever mom lined up.  We just have to get them together to see if they click.  And then Pippin will have her house to herself again.



Friday, September 10, 2021

Some September sketches

More sketches around this town of Bristol, RI. The humidity is finally calming down so outdoor sketching is more fun. I went out sketching with a new sketcher here and she was asking about some of the ins and outs of urban sketching....my first advice was weather related; find a shady spot where the view appeals to you and then; safety; and access to a WC (water closet)among other advice.
Sorry that Pdx sketchers are not meeting in September but hope to see some sketchers efforts on this blog, at the email site or on Facebook!

Monday, September 6, 2021

No September Sketchcrawl

As we were expecting might be the case, Oregon's COVID cases are spiking right now and hospitals are full, so we're doing our part to keep our community safe and will not be scheduling a September sketchcrawl.  It pains us to skip it when we were all so excited to be gathering in person after the long hiatus, but we have every hope and expectation of sketching together again in October. We'll be announcing that sketchcrawl soon!


We welcome you to sketch on your own and post your drawings to share -- on the blog, in the email list, or in the Facebook group.  You are also completely welcome to use our group to arrange meetups with other sketchers to whatever degree you feel comfortable with, or share any resources or ideas you find inspiring!

See you in October!





Sunday, August 8, 2021

Reduction Sauce

 I like going out in boats a lot. And I like sketching a lot. Therefore I like going sketching in boats a lot.

Drawing from a boat presents multiple interesting challenges. For starters, you are always moving even when your sails are down and your oars are stowed. Your subjects are often in motion too.

Second, your eye picks up so much that is hard to translate to a pad of paper quickly, if at all. Observing details from far away while bobbing up and down is hard, but fun to do.

So earlier this summer when I went on a cruise from Olympia to Port Townsend, I decided not to use my paints and tried to capture the essence of each scene in pen and ink alone. Sort of like cooking, I created a reduction sauce on paper.

 
And for the record, no clams were harmed in the production of these sketches! ;)




Sunday, August 1, 2021

August Sketchcrawl - Cornell Farm Nursery

Let's try something further afield this month - Cornell Farm Nursery, at 8212 SW Barnes Rd.

Saturday, August 21, 10am to noon-ish
We'll meet at 10am in front of the cafe (the big yellow house) and then again at noon, somewhere, for a throwdown. Here's a map of the nursery.


Sketch by Amy Stewart

For people driving, it looks like they have on-site parking.  For people busing, the 20 has a stop nearby, at Barnes and Leahy.  The nursery is on the south side of Barnes, a bit west of the intersection.


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

July sketches

I wasn't able to join in virtually for the 13th Street sketchcrawl on the 18th but I did want to do something to post. These are 2 more sketches of Bristol; A local Seafood store that takes in catches from local fisherman (our neighbor in the apartment above goes out to rake in Quahogs and clams, which according to many is a hard and messy job, he then delivers his catch to this shop). In the other sketch I am still working on finding a good blue for shadows.....try, try again!

Saturday, July 10, 2021

July Sketchcrawl - Pearl District / NW 13th

Let's sketch on NW 13th Ave this month.  The city has closed off a number of blocks to car traffic, to allow restaurants to serve people outside.  So there should be plenty of people to sketch, along with the interesting architecture of the industrial Pearl.

Sketch by Gregg 1991
Saturday, July 17, 10am to noon

Meet outside Barista Coffee (539 NW 13th Ave).

There are restrooms (I think) in the  lobby of Barista's building, and at Starbucks, at 1039 NW Couch St.

We can meet again at noon, somewhere in there, for a throw-down.

And maybe even lunch? Outside, probably, if people are ready for it.


Sketch by Gregg 2008




Monday, July 5, 2021

Bristol RI- 4th of July Parade...on the 5th!

This parade is known as the longest running 4th of July parade in the nation. It has been running since 1785 and well attended by the neighboring towns and beyond. Because the 4th was on a Sunday it was held today on the 5th. I sat around the yard in various places and on a balcony to try to get a view. Of course, it was not possible to get it all, people and vehicles moved, bands marched and pipers played too. There were minute-men and Fife and Drum units, everything patriotic....very colorful and exciting. The spectators were apporpriately garbed in red, white, and blue as well. Here are some vignette sketches of the offerings....sadly I am way out of practice on sketching people (I desperately need a refresher course from Rita Stabler!) but I did my best. Here are a couple of warm-up sketches
Then some attempts to get the flavor of the day.