Friday, July 19, 2019

Japanese Garden - Bye Cara!

It was fun to sketch in a medium I don't usually use. 

I will miss Cara.  She is always game for any kind of media!

(This is Andrea posting.)

Monday, July 15, 2019

Japanese Garden

Like others, I used a water-soluble Stabillo black pencil. I went into the restroom to add tone with  my water brush.
We had a great time and we will miss you Cara!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Japanese Garden Sketching Send off for Cara

We were only to use pencils, not colored pencils, no water.  I sketched with 3 watersoluble pencils, when I got home I hit a few areas with water to get the darks darker....

Fun time.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Sketchers and a Tree

I walked downtown today to listen to the noon-time music at Pioneer Courthouse Square.  And found clumps of sketchers already there.

I snuck around them after I finished my own sketch, and found that no one was doing the band or the people dancing or listening.  Every single one of them was sketching the buildings surrounding the square.  So it must have been an architectural outing.

Then I set out towards home, stopping at Couch Park to do a sketch of the Empress tree there.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Japanese Garden

One final sketchcrawl for Cara, before she moves to Michigan.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Sketching opportunity July 13

Ten Tiny Dances is scheduled in The Round in Beaverton Saturday July 13 from 10-1 and would be an interesting event to sketch.  Here's the information:

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Sketching Send-Off for Cara - Portland japanese Garden

by Deb Rossi, 11/11/11
Hi Portland Urban Sketchers,

Cara Mitchell is moving to Michigan and she's got the Japanese Garden on her bucket list. Let's give her a proper send-off.

  • Meeting place: lower entry to the garden
  • Meeting date: Sunday, 7/7/2019
  • Meeting time: 2 pm
  • Medium: Graphite Pencil only (no pigments, no ink, no water) - I think you could also sketch with your IPad / Tablet / Phone...
  • Seating options: use their seats only, no stools or easels allowed. No tripods either!
  • Entry fee: $18.95.

This will be a good challenge to practice your standing sketching :)

Stay on the paths, but don't block them :)

See you there!


Monday, June 17, 2019

July 20 2019 Sketchcrawl: St Johns Bridge Cathedral Park

Saturday, July 20: South Waterfront Sketchcrawl

To continue our bridge theme for 2019, let's return Cathedral Park and the St Johns Bridge. There is also the Jazz Festival in the afternoon if you want to claim a spot early and stay

This area is easily reached by MAX and bus.  Street parking may be hard to find, so we recommend using public transit.

10:00am - Anna Bananas 8716 N. Lombard 
10:30am - Sketch around Cathedral Park.
12:00 noon - Sketchbook throwndown at Cathedral Park
OPTIONAL sketchbook sharing and lunch at The Sudra 8777N Lombard, vegan Indian.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Yet More Bridges

I joined up with yesterday's sketchcrawl at Reed College.  I started out by heading down to Reed Lake and sketching the bridge from underneath, to get a workout in doing curvy things in perspective.

Then I went on a stroll around the lake, stopping once to do a study of a tree trunk.
I couldn't stay for lunch, but had to run to Union Station. But before my train left I had time for a quick sketch of the pedestrian bridge behind the station.

And then, this afternoon, I had a little bit of time to spare at King Street Station in Seattle.  I wanted to do its pedestrian bridge, but couldn't find a good view of it, so I strolled around the stadium complex.  And found a section of the Alaska Way Viaduct still standing.  With a marvelous little wedge of a historical (unreinforced masonary) building in front of it.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Reed College and Canyon

It was an overcast and slightly chilly morning. The campus is beautiful but locked up tight. Google said the library was open on Saturday, but was also unaware of summer hours so there was a bit of a bathroom snafu. I discovered there are port-a-potties in the Rhododendron Garden parking lot but in the end someone discovered some bathrooms in the lower level of the library that were unlocked. Whew!

Some people went into the canyon while others focused on the buildings.

 A few of us gathered at Gigantic Brewery. The brewery has artists design all their labels for them. They also encourage their patrons to embellish the blank 'G' on the back of their coasters. Glen, Cara, Travis Monica, and I complied. If they like them they put them up on their wall around the window at the bar. I'll go back to check to see if we made the cut.