Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pioneer Courthouse Square

I had a meeting downtown, and decided, seeing how it wasn't raining, to do another sketch of the tree, now standing upright and all lit up.

And completely and utterly surrounded by tents.  I hadn't taken into account that there was an ale festival going on.

One North

A bit of a brand-new office building in N Portland, next to New Seasons.

The courtyard is a public space.  It might be an interesting place to revisit, once it warms up a bit.

My two Foundry sketches from our last outing.  The first one was an experiment with Brusho powdered watercolor.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Took myself out to lunch and a sketch at Laurelwood.

3rd Saturday Sketch Crawl, December 17 - GOOSE HOLLOW

Saturday, December 17, Goose Hollow Sketch Crawl

We talked about going to the Oregon Rail Heritage Center - BUT - it doesn't open until 1pm.  In the interest of keeping our sketch crawls predictable, let's go to Goose Hollow's Fehrenbacher Hof & Goose Hollow Inn instead.  Hey, we haven't been there yet this year and it's like a second home to me, so cozy in winter and the people that work there are so nice and friendly.

10:00am -  Meet at Fehrenbacher Hof for snacks, coffee, and introductions.

10:30am - Sketch inside or out - nice old homes, view of Vista Bridge.

12:0pm - OPTIONAL- Meet at Goose Hollow Inn, 1927 SW Jefferson St, for lunch and sketchbook sharing.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Foundry

Wow, so many sketches of the big green machine!  I was fascinated by the scale of the machine and the overhead cranes.  I quickly drew a bunch of thumbnail sketches walking around the space in my tiny sketchbook.
I was glad to see this before it's transformed into The Redd, a really exciting project.

The Foundry

I'll throw another sketch into the mix of the giant green press at the old foundry. Turned out to be a great day of sketching with the group and a wonderful opportunity to sketch something a little out of the ordinary.   Ink sketch with markers.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Machinery Up Close

The once clanging, booming foundry was silent as sketchers concentrated on capturing the relics of the building's industrial past in their sketchbooks.  I focused on the interesting shadows of the machinery.
I used diluted grey ink in a water brush, with a little red watercolor for the signage.
Afterwards, our soft voices discussed the various sketches in the cavernous building.  I think the huge space and massive machinery made us feel small yet not intimidated.  It was a peaceful, fun time with friends.

Old Foundry and two Green Dragons

Had a great time on Saturday, November 12 sketching the ghosts of Portland's industrial past with a lovely group of Portland sketchers. The cavernous space of the Old Foundry features a giant centerpiece –an enormous green punch press.

Lunch at the Green Dragon pub–the name that perfectly captured the morning seemed really apropos. Great job Andrea and Greg for putting this together.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sketchcrawl in the Foundry

I started out with the big green machine.

And then, putting off the supreme struggle of getting myself up off the floor, did a clump of the other sketchers.

And then walked around to unkink my legs.  And found another view of the big green machine, behind a wall and through a window.

And then one more sketch in the pub, while we were waiting for lunch to arrive.