Sunday, August 21, 2016

Tacoma- West Coast Sketchcrawl

Andrea and I journeyed by train to join several other Portland sketchers at the West Coast Urban Sketchers Sketchcrawl in Tacoma. We were there for just the day on Saturday but the West Coast Sketchcrawl is an all weekend event.

Many people up and down the coast (I also met a sketcher from Missouri!) gathered to sketch Tacoma on this hot but still comfortable in the shade Saturday. All of these sketches were made with a pointed search for shade and a good view....!
Bridge of Glass with glass trees.

Bridge of Glass and the Museum of Glass funnel

A sculpture installation at the Tacoma Art Museum called the Blanket Project and Old Union Station

Structure with steps leading down to the base of the Museum of Glass funnel

Bridge of Glass and Old Union Station

A couple of years ago I had traveled there with some other sketchers and knew what a wonderful place Tacoma was to sketch. Unfortunately with just one day of sketching it was not enough time to explore widely so I pretty much stuck to the area around the History Museum, Art Museum, Old Union Station and the Museum of Glass.
A wonderful day filled with sketching along with many sketchers to meet.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Tacoma

.I joined my husband on a business trip to Tacoma and then on to Seattle for two nights.
Here are a few quick sketches I did in Tacoma and about a half hour sketch in King Street Station waiting for our train back to Portland.
For those of you considering going to the sketch crawl in Tacoma...you won't be disappointed. There is so much to sketch there! Fantastic architecture could keep you occupied for weeks.
I'm not able to attend but just wanted to report that it is a fun place to draw! 



August Sketch Crawls

Normally we have our sketch crawls on the 3rd Saturday of the month.  But this month, Tacoma is having a great event, and that's nearby.  So let's postpone the Portland Sketch Crawl till the 4th Saturday.  See below.

Annual West Coast Sketch Crawl - Tacoma, Washington
Aug. 19 - Aug. 21

Schedule:
Friday Aug 19
6:00 pm, registration at Picasso Catering
6:45 pm, dinner & 5 minute portrait sketch party at Picasso Catering, $25

Saturday Aug 20
8:00 am,  registration + Welcome & Orientation at Auditorium Lobby, Washington State History Museum
9:15 am, depart for sketching from Auditorium Lobby, Washington State History Museum
11:30 am, sketch sharing & group photo, Plaza of the Museum of Glass, then lunch at area restaurants
4:00 pm, sketch sharing & group photo, Plaza at the Museum of glass

Sunday Aug 21
9:00 am, announcements, Tacoma Art Museum
11:30 am, sketch sharing & group photo, closing remarks, Tollefson Plaza (across the street from the Tacoma Art Museum)

Summary:
Join us in August, 2016, in another fabulous west coast city, Tacoma, Washington, for the fourth in a series of annual west coast urban sketchers sketch crawl events. We have been in the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland, and San Diego over the past three summers, and this coming summer we offer up Tacoma, the second largest urban area in the state of Washington. Tacoma offers an historically and architecturally rich downtown area that cries out for the sketcher/artist to pay it homage, and we are excited about sharing that opportunity with the global urbansketcher community.

Because we offer no workshops or demonstrations, these annual west coast events are FREE. Each is designed for simply a few days of pure sketching in another of our fabulous west coast cities with others who share the same passions about sketching in urban environments.

More info & registration:
http://4thwcuskskcrawl.blogspot.com/

4th Saturday Sketch Crawl - Saturday, August 27

Next Portland Sketchcrawl: Saturday, August 27. Let's crawl South Waterfront!
  • 10:00 am: Meet in front of Bean and Tree for coffee and snacks: 0315 Montgomery St., Portland.
  • 10:30 am: Sketch boats, bridges, buildings, plants, dogs, the river, and/or people on the South Waterfront.
  • 12 noon: Optional sketchbook sharing and lunch: Thirst Bistro - 0315 SW Montgomery Street #340, Portland.


Regularly scheduled 3rd Saturday Sketch Crawl of September:
- Saturday, September 17.
Tentative: Sextant Bar & Galley - or close to there.  It's got views of the airport and I think Mount Hood.

3rd Saturday Sketch Crawl: Saturday, Oct. 15
Tentative:  Laurelhurst Park - should have nice fall colors.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

"Urban" sketching

Following are a couple of sketches I worked on while visiting southern Washington's Gifford National Forest last weekend near Mt. Adams.  Scenes from Panther Creek and Peterson Prairie National forest campgrounds.

I've been working on landscapes, trees, distant mountains, etc.  Still struggling with water. Moving water especially.




Friday, August 5, 2016

NW Glisan at NW 18th

Wednesday was a beautiful day to do some sketching. I have always wanted to draw one of the brightly painted Victorians that line this block. It took longer than I thought so I only tackled one house.
I'd like to return and try the whole row from a different angle. I just love all the bright colors on these homes! They remind me of the Painted Ladies of San Francisco.


Monday, July 18, 2016

South Park Blocks Sketch Crawl

The weather was fine for this day - not too hot like I expected.

I finished my tiny sketch book:


Moved on to my other lightweight, small-ish, sketch book:

 
And topped it off with a big panorama.  Maybe I'll add color / shadows later.



Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sketchcrawl in the South Park Blocks





I started out in front of the art museum, wanting to get some light and shadows on Teddy Roosevelt.  I found that his face was totally shadowed, which was a shame.  (Seeing how he's facing north, I suspect that I'll never see his face in the sun.)














Then I moved south, to the farmers market, and sketched one of a pair of buskers.  I had to add the color from memory, as they packed up and left before I got to that point.

Farmer's Market at PSU

Today I tried out a new marking instrument....a Konrad Brush pen from Noodler's.
I filled it only this morning with some purple Noodler's ink with the intention to try it out doing some people sketches. I have long admired other Portland sketchers people drawings....you know who you are...and the PSU Farmer's Market is the place for people.
My thinking was that since I was heading out to the symposium in Manchester soon and there I would be taking challenging workshops that I would warm up with something challenging on home turf. OK, maybe not so well thought out.

 

 I think I liked working with the brush...but it will take some getting used to. The paper had a little drag on it and the fragmented line was kind of nice. More practice needed!

After sharing with everyone at PSU Smith Center I returned outside to sketch some more. This time I reverted back to my old standby ink and watercolor and tried to capture a little more of the produce.




SE 20th and Salmon

A Sunday afternoon outing brought me to the Hinson Baptist church on the corner of SW 20th and Salmon. Although the building  has a wonderful entrance on the corner, I ended up sketching the southern elevation due mainly to the fact that there was a shady place to sit on that exposure.  The building corner stone states the building was erected in 1910.




I may have to return and attempt the corner entrance and or see if I can peek inside.

Some historical photos of the building can be found on the Oregon Encyclopedia website :
http://oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/hinson_memorial_baptist_church/#.V4pH3uhlCf0




Thursday, July 7, 2016

Art Tour of New Zealand?

This looks intriguing.  But I'm already double-booked for Saturday, so I can't go to the session to learn about it.  Maybe someone else might like to check it out.

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PCC Community Ed Travel
Art Tour of New Zealand
New Zealand, or Aotearoa in Maori, offers some of the youngest, most diverse and utterly beautiful landscapes found on our planet. We will immerse ourselves in this majestic country as we draw, paint and explore our way across the top of the south island of New Zealand on this 14-day tour. We will savor a multitude of different landscapes when we visit the stunning beaches of Golden Bay, the inland mountains in the Nelson Lakes region and the otherworldly grandeur of the Marlborough Sounds. Join PCC art instructor and New Zealand permanent resident Michael Southern on this once in a lifetime adventure.

New Zealand, or Aotearoa in Maori, offers some of the youngest, most diverse and utterly beautiful landscapes found on our planet. We will immerse ourselves in this majestic country as we draw, paint and explore our way across the top of the south island of New Zealand on this 14-day tour. We will savor a multitude of different landscapes when we visit the stunning beaches of Golden Bay, the inland mountains in the Nelson Lakes region and the otherworldly grandeur of the Marlborough Sounds. Join PCC art instructor and New Zealand permanent resident Michael Southern on this once in a lifetime adventure.

Art instruction is for all levels and offered in a relaxed, friendly environment designed to enhance your time in The Land of the Long White Cloud.

In addition to our time in the landscape, participants will have the opportunity to explore art markets, visit New Zealand artists in their studios and discover the rural flavor of the small towns found in this temperate corner of the country.

Art Tour of New Zealand
CRN 34643
Info Session Saturday at 11 am
@ SE Campus Tabor 141