Saturday, June 15, 2019

Reed College and Canyon

It was an overcast and slightly chilly morning. The campus is beautiful but locked up tight. Google said the library was open on Saturday, but was also unaware of summer hours so there was a bit of a bathroom snafu. I discovered there are port-a-potties in the Rhododendron Garden parking lot but in the end someone discovered some bathrooms in the lower level of the library that were unlocked. Whew!

Some people went into the canyon while others focused on the buildings.

 A few of us gathered at Gigantic Brewery. The brewery has artists design all their tables for them. they also encourage their patrons to embellish the blank 'G' on the back of their coasters. Glen, Cara, Travis Monica, and I complied. If they like them they put them up on their wall around the window at the bar. I'll go back to check to see if we made the cut.

London Plane Tree on Reed Campus

We had a fun meet-up on the Reed College campus, which holds many memories for me since I grew up nearby and spent many childhood hours exploring the campus and nature preserve.  Today, I was taken with this old London Plane tree that stretches out it limbs in front of the library.  I was about halfway done with my sketch when we met for the throw-down, but went back afterwards and finished up.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Greetings from Lake Michigan

I am doing some serious relaxing with my friend in  South Haven, Michigan on the shore of Lake Michigan.  Strange to be at a lake that looks like an ocean without crashing waves nor whales...
Mostly visiting, taking walks, cooking and eating. Not much sketching.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

JUNE 2019 Sketchcrawl: Reed Canyon and Reed College Campus

  Saturday, June 15: Reed Canyon and Reed College Campus

To continue our bridge theme for 2019, let's go to a new venue. Reed Canyon, a naturalized area on the Reed College Campus.

This area is easily reached by Tri-Met bus. Parking is available by entering the Main Entrance on SE Woodstock Blvd. Travel to the first circle and take a right to the East Parking area. 

10:00am - Meet at The Gray Campus Center on the Quad (see Campus Map) Coffee may be available or not, if caffeine is required it may be best to bring your own.
10:30am - Sketch around Reed Canyon and environs.
12:00 noon - Sketchbook throwndown at the Quad
OPTIONAL sketchbook sharing and lunch at Gigantic Brewery, 5224 SE 26th Ave. Portland OR

Next Month: St. Johns Bridge and Cathedral Park

Map showing Reed College

Reed Campus Map

Monday, May 20, 2019

Tilikum Crossing and a Seattle Sketcher

While Ali was in Seattle and ran into sketchers, we had a Seattle sketcher in our midst on Saturday. Seattle Urban Sketcher, Kay Tyllia was in Portland for the Aim at Melanoma walk that was in the same vicinity as our sketchcrawl.  Here is a photo of Kay and another of her sketch.

KayTyllia, Seattle Sketcher

Kay Tyllia's bridge sketch

I had a lovely time Saturday morning, but I did a lot of things besides sketching.  I skipped lunch in order to finish adding the watercolor to my sketch. That's Mike on the left, who spent the whole time standing and sketching!

I squeezed in a visit to the Skin Care Conference and got some good tips and free samples of sunscreen. I also got this bag that I think is perfect for a sketcher with a Draw2C blog.

Thanks everyone, for another fun time sketching and chatting and enjoying the morning together!

PDX/urbansketchers May sketchcrawl at Tillicum Crossing.

So good to see many new and regular sketchers show up for our monthly sketchcrawl. The weather cooperated and we had good temps and no rain...the wind did pick up a bit and cause a few fluttering of sketch book pages but like all good sketchers we persevered.

Here is a group shot of sketchers and their sketches.

These were my two contributions to the day

As you can see I was fascinated with this big grey building that looked to me like it was out of a Star Wars film...ready to walk off among us!
And only a modicum of a bow to a bridge....this Ross Island in the background.

Sunday, May 19, 2019


I was in Seattle over the weekend, and decided to do a quick browse of the U-District Street-Fair on the way to the train station.  And stumbled upon a sketchcrawl.  That I hadn't noticed on the calendar when I made my travel plans.
I stuck around long enough to sketch one of the other sketchers, and then walked down along Lake Union, stopping to do a sketch of the Aurora Bridge behind Gasworks Park.
And then I had to hustle to get downtown in time to make my train.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

May 18 2019 Melanoma Symposium at the south waterfront

After I said hi to everyone, I went back in for more talks. I had more fun sketching than taking notes. So I went with it. I am afraid none of my notes are complete... Oh well

While waiting for the bus home, I noticed the fellow sitting next to me was sketching. He might join us some Saturday. We got on the same bus and did some fast sketching....

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Cinco de Mayo and the train

What a great day of sketching! Thanks for making me feel so welcome Deb, Ellie, and Ali. Because I rode the bus/train up from Albany, I decided to capture the story of my whole day. I used different tools and techniques and my secondary goal was to fill my accordion sketchbook. Here are some excerpts:


Then, after sketching at a bar (Bailey’s Taproom), I got on the 6pm train to head south, and that’s when the fun began. I not only filled both sides of my sketchbook, but filled in both sides of a second book I had with me. I call it ‘take a line for a walk’. It’s speed sketching at it’s best. And I’m not typically a fast sketcher.

I added color at home.I had completely worn out my hands while sketching. A great day and will take the train again! 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

PSU Farmers Market

This probably doesn't look like a sketch by me. At the PSU Farmers Market I ran into Amy. I admired her sketch and asked the familiar question: "What pen did you use?" Of course, I'm always looking for the magic pen, but I knew if wasn't the brush pen that she used. I have never mastered that. Still, I stole the idea of using some dark darks and added the contrast with a marker. That's why it doesn't look like a sketch by me.