Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Slabtown Gouche Sketch

Here is the sketch I did from Slabtown this weekend. I'm really happy with how the gouache paint colors turned out. I used Talens 24 color opaque watercolor gouache tin from Blick and a pencil to layout shapes.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Oct. 21 Sketch Crawl - Lone Fir Cemetery

3rd Saturday Sketchcrawl
October 21, 2017

Let's sketch the Lone Fir Cemetery!  Seems appropriate for October.  There may be some nice fall colors.  And if it's rainy there are some little shops nearby on Belmont that people can duck in to.

We will start and end in Rocking Frog Cafe.

10:00am - Meet at Rocking Frog Cafe, 2511 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214, for introductions, coffee, and snacks.
10:30am - Sketch around the Lone Fir Cemetery or on Belmont.
12:00noon - OPTIONAL sketchbook sharing and lunch back at Rocking Frog Cafe.

Slabtown Sketch Crawl

I came late to the party.  We had a nice turnout with a good number of new people.  Welcome to all of you!

Like quite a few other people, I sketched these 2 adorable houses.

Still planning on adding color sometime soon.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Slabtown sketchcrawl

We met in my neighborhood, at New Seasons.  I'd been admiring the two funky old houses on Quimby for a while, and decided that I should sketch them.  Today, before the weather turns bad or they're torn down and redeveloped.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

In the Shade in Portland

 I've been struggling for a long time to make my watercolor sketches have more contrast. It seems to take lots of layers and I don't always have the patience for that. On the bottom sketch, I eventually got out my gray markers and pushed it farther to the dark side.

I know some people have special mixes for the darkest of darks. Do you have any favorite combinations?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hi, Kay and I had a sketch date in front of the Ancient Order of United Workmen Temple on SW2 & Taylor.  This spread was pre textured (by me)  with Liqutex acrylic ink, raw sienna .

Rita I would like to see what you are doing. I will look on Instagram.


another day, another view

I worked more on this sketch from Monday.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Hi everybody,
The Ancient Order of United Workmen Temple on SW 2nd and SW Taylor is in the process of being demolished. I went there today, only the top floor is gone. I think it will be a slow process.  I found a shady place to sit and sketched.

 I thought I did not have my watercolors,but found a small palette of gouache in my bag. So I used dilute gouache and various pens on pre textured paper in my Nostalgia Journal.

A little neighborhood sketch time

I went out this weekend to sketch this beautiful church in my neighborhood. I stayed out there for about an hour and a half before I had to go running for some air conditioning. I managed to get the pencil sketch done and I plan to go back and finish the sketch this weekend.

Washington Bank of Columbia River

Hi, all. I haven't checked in for a while. It's been a year of changes for me, but I am emerging from the distance now. A friend and I made a road day of the Columbia Gorge and stopped at Cascade Locks to bring out our paintboxes. Here is mine of the view across the river from Thunder Island:

Susan in Beavercreek.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Waiting for the eclipse...

I trudged up to Pittock Mansion through Hillside, only getting lost once, and found a crowd already gathered.  I sat down under a tree to wait, and, while waiting, started sketching everyone else, waiting.

I hadn't bothered to get eclipse glasses, planning on going old-school, and let the tree I was sitting under be my pinhole projector, throwing hundreds of images of the sun on the ground.

But the absolute best projections were the ones on the Wildwood Trail as I started down it.