Monday, January 16, 2017

Waterfront + Optional Political Reportage - January 21, 2017

JANUARY 21 - Waterfront / Optional Political Reportage

Some of our members are interested in the Women's March on January 21.  To make that easier, let's meet and sketch near the gathering place for that event.  It's also an opportunity for some Reportage, and telling a story through drawing.

  • 10:00am - Meet at Floyd's Coffee (118 NW Couch St.) for coffee, snacks, and socializing.
  • 10:30am - Sketch along the waterfront or around Old Town / Chinatown from 10-noon. 
  • 12:00noon - 3 Options for Optional Lunch:
  1. Political Reportage Option - Sketch the Women's March at the Waterfront.  Starts near the Morrison Bridge. 
  2. Bad Weather Non-Political Reportage Option - lunch at Old Town Pizza (226 NW Davis St.)
  3. Good Weather Non-Political Option: Grab food from somewhere and meet/eat at Bill Naito Legacy Fountain near Burnside Bridge.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Snowy Rooftops

I did this watercolor from our living room. I enjoyed trying to capture the shadows on the snow.

Urban Sketchers Workshops starting April 29th!

Urban Sketchers celebrates 10 years, and we want to celebrate introducing the first long term USK course ever! We invite all sketchers around the world to attend ten on location classes with a USK official instructor/s nearby your city to learn or improve the core value of Urban Sketching: sketch the world, one drawing at a time.
The series of workshops “Reporting from Portland” is designed to highlight concepts, city scenes, and cultural and urban phenomena that came to symbolize Portland both to its inhabitants and to the outside community. We will learn how to create visual narratives starting with smaller objects and concepts, progressing to drawing larger architectural landmarks and street scenes and finally culminating in a full reportage about the life of our city with the stories about neighborhoods, markets, and street festivals.
Registration is available through Eventbrite. 

Snow day sketch

Yesterday I had this nice sunny view from my living room window.  I hope you're all enjoying this weather as much as I am.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sketching Inside

The tree shapes against a dramatic sky enticed me to draw from our landing.

There was a jungle of bare branches at Reed College, easily visible from inside our heated, parked car.

The Governor Hotel is a nice warm place to eat and sketch on a chilly day, too.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Correction: Feb. 18, 2017, February Sketch Crawl - N. Williams

Happy New Year everybody!

Let's start the New Year sketching an area that has seen a lot of new building recently: N. Williams and Fremont.  The curvy "1 North" building is there. Other things to sketch: food carts at N. Vancouver, newer development along Williams, groceries inside New Seasons.

If the weather is bad we can stay inside New Seasons and sketch each other and the views out the window.

  • 10:00am: Meet at New Seasons, 3445 N Williams Ave, for introductions / coffee / snacks - at the seating area near the north side of the store.
  • 10:30am: Sketch around Courtyard at 1 North, N Williams and N. Fremont.
  • 12:00 noon: Optional - Meet at Pizza A-Go-Go, 3240 N Williams Ave, for sketchbook sharing /  lunch. Should be plenty of places to sit.
Hope to see you there!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Last page in a sketchbook, last day of the year

Only one page left in a 2016 sketchbook so there was only one thing to do, head up to Mt Tabor for one more drawing before the year ends. It did start to snow before I thought the drawing was finished and my brush pen ran out of ink, but maybe that was a good thing.

Happy New Year to everyone!

Happy Holidays and to all a good night

Santa is from the sketch crawl in Goose Hollow.  It was a relaxing time and conversation was good.
Holiday diorama was from an overnight stay in Kittery, Maine. We've been to 4 states in the past 3 days.  

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sending You Some Post Holiday Cheer

This little hummingbird posed outside our dining room window long enough to get most of this sketch done. Two days later, as I was adding pear tree branches, it returned to the same spot on the apple tree--just long for me to see that I didn't get its profile quite right.

On the day after Christmas, I sketched amidst the clutter, reflecting on good memories of the holiday. (Wouldn't it be nice in real life if we could just crop out wrappings and extra clutter?)

I hope you all have some moments of serenity and peace and a time for a sketch or two.
Best wishes!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Goose Hollow in December

I met up with my fellow urban sketchers at the Fehrebacher Hof in Goose Hollow. We all got coffee and something to eat and then headed upstairs where there were large tables and plenty of room for us to draw and chat. We decided to stay inside since it was cold and a bit icy out there. I had a view out of the window that I drew first. There was a large tree that was blocking my view that I had to peer around to piece together the drawing so I focused on the tree for the second drawing. The third drawing was started in the coffee house and finished at home.

Happy New Year to everyone!