Only our second in-person sketchcrawl since last February, and a bunch of people showed up. Except for the mass vaccination site at the convention center, more people than I've seen in one place in over a year. A lot of old friends, but a lot of new faces too. Some were long-time artists, out to be sociable after a year of isolation, while other were newbies, who'd taken up sketching as a covid project.
Saturday, June 19, 2021
Monday, May 17, 2021
10:15am: Meet at rose garden gift shop/restrooms (see map below)
NOTE ABOUT START TIME: I'm starting this crawl 15 minutes later than usual due to limited public transit options in the area; see transit/parking options, below.
Nearest MAX stop would be King's Hill, not the Zoo; from King's Hill it's a ~14 minute walk uphill to the park entrance at SW Park Place; from there continue another 10 minutes uphill or wait for the free shuttle which runs every 15-30 minutes starting at 9:30.
Parking is in demand in Washington Park; there may or may not be spaces available near the Rose Garden.
The Rose Garden is NOT near the zoo, for walking or shuttle ride purposes. I say that for people like myself who tend to underestimated the size of Washington Park!
Unfortunately Trimet Line 63 doesn't start up until 10:25 but you might choose to utilize it on your return trip.
Washington Park Map
TriMet Line 63
Saturday, May 15, 2021
For my first sketch outing in over a year, I knew I needed to use a bold brush to force my drawing hand into decisive action. I started with small cityscapes, went on to the willow tree with basalt... then wound up outside OMSI with a lovely t-rex.
It was a gorgeous day to get out there and be part of the world again.
At long long last, the Portland urban sketchers met in person, there being enough of us fully vaccinated (mostly the old farts, but the youngsters are hot on our heels) to feel safe out in the world.
We met on the esplanade, and, seeing that the Hawthorne Bridge was closed to auto traffic, I took the opportunity of planting my butt on the sidewalk and dangling my feet on the road bed and did a one-point perspective of the bridge, taking care not to drop a pen or pencil through the mesh and into the drink.
And then switched to my tablet and did a study of the trunk of a gnarly old willow by the fire station.
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Ready to return to on-site sketching? We're planning our first non-virtual sketchcrawl since February 2020!
We recommend join this sketchcrawl only if you will be fully vaccinated and don't consider yourself high risk. Please wear a mask and be prepared to keep up social distance.
If you need to stay vigilant at home -- you are welcome to continue to participate virtually!
10am-12pm (No group lunch this time)
Vera Katz Eastside Esplanade
Parking is available right next to our location on SE Main ($3 an hour or $9 for the day) or a couple blocks south at OMSI ($5, pay inside based on parking space number). Bus lines 2, 6, and 14 stop at Hawthorne Bridge and it's a ~7 minute walk.If needed, bathrooms are available inside OMSI; as you approach the ticket desk, they are down the corridor to the left/east. Be prepared - OMSI can be a bit crowded both outside and inside so it will be difficult to maintain social distance.
Looking forward to seeing everyone's faces again -- at least the upper half!
Saturday, April 17, 2021
It's spring and I thought that those endearing and pesky robins who wake me up at dawn would be the perfect thing to sketch with just three colors. Black for their wings and outline, a dash of orange, and green as the background for the lawns where they hunt worms.
While sitting in a local park, I noticed a sunbather on a hillside of grass blocking out a confusing background. I made a quick sketch and splashed on some green watercolor. Messy it is, but I think it captures the moment of inspiration.
Sunday, April 4, 2021
My next-door neighbor used to have a camellia tree at the corner of her house, that towered over her roof line, splendid with red blossoms.
When the oak tree fell it smashed most of the plant. It survived, but in a truncated (sorry) state, ending up as a sturdy shrub.
This spring, after a year of rest, it put out a single bud, a single blossom. I'm taking that as a portent of hope and rebirth.