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

Construction

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.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

September Sketchcrawl: Lower Macleay Park

Saturday's rain held off and we had a beautiful day for sketching in Lower Macleay Park. 


Prior to sketching, we were asked what  personal sketching goal we had for the day. Several people had concerns about how to deal with all of the green. Looking at the results, it didn't appear to cause any undue problems. The sketches are wonderful! Sketching while sitting trailside, hearing the birds and the creek and the footsteps and voices of hikers, and breathing the fresh air all made this one of my favorite sketch crawls. Thanks everyone, for coming out and joining in!



Saturday, September 21, 2019

October 19th 2019 Sketchcrawl: Broadway Bridge

Continuing our bridge theme we will sketch the iconic Broadway Bridge which was built in 1913. The Broadway Bridge is a bascule bridge and was the longest span for this type of bridge at that time.



Schedule: 
10am: Meet at Starbucks (see map below). 1102 NW Lovejoy
10:30: Walk to Broadway Bridge
12pm: Sketchbook throwdown TBD
12:30pm: Optional lunch at Laughing Planet and Hot Lips Pizza 
at the Ecotrust Building, 721 NW Broadway


Getting There: easily accessible by public transportation.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Climate Strike....downtown Portland 9/20/19

There was an awesomely large crowd that gathered downtown across from City Hall today.
I found a spot a little down from the park for the first couple of sketches and then moved up a little when the crowd started to travel down to the Hawthorne Bridge.







I used a larger format than my usual sketchpad and had pre-colored some pages. That way I could just use my pens and waterbrush with Lexington Grey on site. Later I added some additional color.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Saturday, August 24, 2019

First Presbyterian Church - the Pipe Organ

Last week on Friday, a group of Portland Urban Sketchers was allowed special access to First Presbyterian Church. They are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the installation of their pipe organ with a year of organ music through their Celebration Works program and were interested in seeing sketches of the organ.

Our sketch group has only had one sketchcrawl at this location before; it was a decade ago and we sketched only from the outside. This time we not only went inside, we got a demo of how the pipe organ works and some historical backdrop as well. What an honor!  We'll be returning to this beautiful building for a future Saturday sketchcrawl and are grateful to our contacts at the Church that made this possible. 

For a last minute sketchcrawl on a week day, I was impressed with our great turnout! Thanks to everyone that made time to visit, and to those sketchers that shared their sketches with FPC afterwards.


The inside of the Church is full of warm wood tones and graceful arches and curves.  However, it's also full of interesting shapes that we may not understand well yet, like the pipes on the pipe organ! I got fairly confused in my one big sketch and can't wait to try again now that I have some ideas about how to approach this subject.


Thanks again to the folks at First Presbyterian for taking the time to invite us in and let us sketch!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Maryhill

On Sunday I took a day trip to Maryhill - the state park, the old town, Stonehenge and the museum, to get some sketches in.

In the morning I started in the town, now little more than a ghost town with many of the buildings empty, and did the church and an old gas station, with a couple of windmills behind it.  And a glimpse of Stonehenge high up on the hill above me.


Then we gathered for lunch, and then caravanned up the hill to the museum.  And there we, as a group, looked at this year's plein air exhibit.  This display the paintings that a dozen or so artists did near Maryhill over four days around the beginning of August.  One of whom was Elo.  Someone had done the same gas station that I'd done this morning.  But most of the paintings were of Mt Hood, from various angles, or of water - the Columbia or waterfalls.  No one bothered with the host of windmills running down both sides of the gorge.

So, after I wandered through the rest of the museum, I bought an Italian soda at the cafe and then walked out onto the patio to do just hills and windmills.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Albina Sketchcrawl

I started out by wandering to the north from the meeting place, to get a good view of the tangle of on-ramps and off-ramps that connect I5 to the Fremont Bridge.


And then walked up the hill to Emmanuel Hospital, to the top of a parking garage there, where I found a view of the bridge itself, bracketed by a couple of evergreen trees.