Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Head and Neck Surgical Associates has a wonderful waiting room with a good view of the Fremont Bridge... I  did not mind waiting .....

Sunday, November 17, 2019

December 21st: Pioneer Courthouse Square

It's the holidays! Let's go to Pioneer Courthouse Square to sketch all the festivities. We will meet at the Starbucks and sketchers can stay in the square or look for Santa in Pioneer Place, especially if the weather doesn't cooperate.
Ali Corbin

10:00am- Meet at the Starbucks at Pioneer Courthouse Square  Portland OR 
10:30am - Sketch the Square and surrounding area
12:00 noon - Sketchbook throwndown TBD
LUNCH at Pioneer Place Food Court

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

  November 16th : Hawthorne Asylum Food Cart Pod Sketchcrawl


We will be traveling to the East-side to the very intriguing Hawthorne Asylum Food Cart Pod located at 1080 SE Madison St. Read the history at the link below. 

Street parking may be difficult.....Transit options are suggested (bus and streetcar).


Sketch by Janene Walkky


10:00am- Meet at Tiny's Coffee South East. 1412 SE 12th, Portland OR
10:30am - Travel to 1080 SE Madison St. Sketch in and around the food cart pod
12:00 noon - Sketchbook throwndown TBD

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Bridge Party

I got up early this morning to walk to Burnside, to join the people milling around waiting to parade up to the new bridge on the Wildwood Trail.  We were led by an honor guard of elders from a few nearby-ish tribes, followed by a marching band (who started with a song called, appropriately enough, 'Walking').

The parade ended with a party under the bridge, with pancakes and coffee.  And no actual access to the bridge itself.  The portions of the trail that used to come down to the roadway have been excised - blocked off, draped in burlap and covered with branches.  So I parked myself underneath the bridge and sketched it from below.

I'm not happy with the result.  But I'm not going to throw it away.  Cause I'll never get another chance sketching from the middle of Burnside.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Fall trees and the Broadway Bridge

Many thanks to the owners of the parking garage for allowing us to use their place for this month's sketchcrawl. And to Deb for arranging it! While some people stayed outside and painted in the sporadic rain, several of us went into the garage where we had views from the upper levels.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Broadway Bridge

Deb had wrangled permission to use the parking garage near the train station.  I found a spot partway up the stairway and did a sketch from there.

By the time I'd finished that, it was dry - sunny even - and I thought I'd chance another one from the pedestrian bridge on other side of the train station.  But, of course, it started raining by the time I got there.  I looked for shelter nearby, and ended up under the bridge, looking up at it.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Lower Macleay Park

Another good turnout for the September sketchcrawl, a little chilly but no rain. I brought a long piece of paper folded into an accordion, but not too long to make it unwieldy.

Monday, September 30, 2019


The endless sewer maintenance work seems to have moved into the Pearl.

Balch Creek Sketchcrawl

I walked a laborious two blocks to meet a bunch of other sketchers at the Macleay Park Trailhead.

I found a vantage point to do the underside of the bridge, with a simplification of the trusses that hold it up.

And then walked up the trail to do the waterfall, where I got some relief from the all-encompassing green around me.

I stood on the footbridge that spans the creek.  Which bounces when people are walking on it.  Good thing I didn't need to draw any straight lines.