Monday, February 18, 2019

Vista Bridge sketchcrawl

I wasn't very hopeful of actually sketching outside at this past Saturday sketchcrawl....but it didn't turn out to be as bad as I expected. Finding a stretch of sidewalk under some dense foliage gave me enough of a dry spot to attempt the Vista Bridge view.

A few dots and blotches of rain water but the city view under the bridge was framed nicely by the arching supports of the bridge.


After the first sketch I tried to get a more realistic view of the traffic using this busy road from downtown to Route 26.

Scavenger hunt #7 & #8

I have been trying to use my Pentel pocket brush more. It is a challenge to reduce the line work to more simple strokes. But I think it works for the scavenger hunt sketches. Who knows, I may continue the effort for the duration of the hunt!

#7 Conversation

#8 meal...or remains

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Scavenger Hunt - Items #8 and #10

Item #8: a meal or snack (or the remains of one) 
This was at the Coffee & Sketch meetup at St. Honore bakery on SE Division.  I had to buy three pastries so I could eat one and still leave two to sketch. 






Item #10: an ink drawing, done without a pencil underlay

Also from St. Honore. Worked with an old Reform fountain pen and a touch of watercolor for contrast colors.


MARCH 16 - Cherry Blossoms Steel Bridge / Burnside Bridge

MARCH 16 - Cherry Blossoms Steel Bridge / Burnside Bridge


It's Cherry Blossom time again at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The weather has been strange so it's hard to know for sure if the cherry blossoms will be ready.  Blooms or no, we still have Ankeny Fountain, Saturday Market, and  Old Town/Chinatown nearby.  And of course the Steel and Burnside Bridges!!!
  • 10:00am - Meet at Floyd's Coffee (118 NW Couch St.) for coffee, snacks, and socializing.
  • 10:30am - Sketch along the waterfront around the Japanese American Historical Plaza (near the intersection of Couch and Naito) from 10-noon. Sketch trees, bridges, people.
  • 12:00noon - Sketchbook throwdown, location tbd.
  • 12:15pm - Optional lunch at Old Town Pizza (226 NW Davis St.) Or, if it's warm and dry enough we can grab food from the Saturday Market, and meet/eat outside by the Japanese American Historical Plaza. 
APRIL 20 - Hawthorne / Belmont Bridges, from OMSI

Details TBD

February Sketchcrawl

We met at the Fehrenbacher Hoff  for coffee and were supposed to head out to sketch the Vista Bridge. I stayed inside to draw the tree outside the window. I drew it the last time we met here two years ago. That time everyone stayed inside because it was cold, snowy and icy. I had none of those excuses.  It was only chilly and threatening to rain. I just wanted to stay cozy.


Scavenger Hunt - 2 people having a conversation / Fehrenbacher Hof

Item #3 - 2 people having a conversation

These 2 guys were sitting right behind a few of us Urban Sketchers who chose to stay inside the Hof. They were having a talk about hard things. I was impressed how open they were with each other.

I sketched them right when one of them arrived and took off his coat. That was before I was sitting right next to them and could overhear every word.


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Vista Bridge

I met up with a bunch of sketchers, after getting a late start, and joined one of the groups huddled under overhangs to do the Vista Bridge.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Scavenger Hunt: coffee, snacks and dogs

I went back to TaborSpace confident I would get some coffee drinkers into a sketch. I sat between a group of people who meet weekly to practice their Spanish and tables of singles focused on their computers. Success!


I changed tables so I could get a different view of the ever expanding Spanish speakers. After I settled I saw that I had, as usual, neglected my coffee and cookie. I always get my coffee or tea in a to go cup because I generally don't get around to drinking it until after I leave. Instead of more people I decided to focus on my cookie and knock another item off my list. I still had most of the coffee and cookie for the walk home.


The next day my neighbor and I took 2 dogs, RaeAnn and Rocky, to our local dog park in Mt Tabor Park. The off leash area is a muddy hill slope on the southern side of the park. Forget about drawing the space! Roving, running, playing dogs that only stopped for seconds took all my concentration.




Wednesday, February 13, 2019

PDXUSK - Scavenger Hunt: Benson Bubbler

My office is in downtown Portland, overlooking the corner next to Pioneer Square. I happen to have a straight shot view of a Benson Bubbler outside my window (of course 10 stories up so not up close). I did this quick lunch time sketch for the hunt (I exaggerated the bubbler for this purpose).

Enjoy, and happy sketching:

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Scavenger hunt - someone drinking coffee

Sketch #2

This person has coffee... I may do another where I catch someone in the act of drinking it. This coffee shop, Stacks, is full of books and book loving people. I have also witnessed a book loving child or two in here.