Saturday, July 20, 2019

Sketchcrawl at Cathedral Park

Getting to St Johns on transit from my house is a bit awkward.  You either take one of the few 15's that goes past Montgomery Park to the end of the line, then get off and wait for 40 minutes for a 16 to pick you up for the rest of the way, or you go the other way and cross the Steel or Morrison bridges, and then transfer to a bus that makes the long trek up into the peninsula.  But I decided to be clever and concocted a direct route without a long layover.  It involved riding an orange bike to the hub outside of Schoolhouse Electric, then crossing the railroad tracks to catch a 16 on Front.

But there was a catch.
 That being a freight train parked on the crossing.  And extending as far as I could see in both directions. I settled in to wait, to see if by chance it would get out of the way before my bus arrived.  And sketched until I heard it go by on the other side of the train.

Then I checked the bus schedule, and decided that taking the bus in an hour wouldn't make me too late, and decided to try the new coffee shop in Schoolhouse Electric.  Had a latte and a croissant and read the Willamette Week from cover to cover.  And, eventually, the train started up and rolled away, and I was able to get to Front and catch my bus.

I'd missed the pre-sketching gathering, so I headed straight down into Cathedral Park and worked my way down the hill until I found a spot in the shade with a good view up at the bridge.
And then headed down to the river, where a stern-wheeler was passing.  I watched it go by downriver, and spied a mysterious ship off in the distance.  So I worked my way along the river to find a better view of it.

Cathedral Park Sketchcrawl

Sunshine, music, friends chatting--prefect sketching conditions at Cathedral Park today for the sketch crawl.  I knew my sketching buddy would sit still for awhile so I took advantage of the situation.

Cathedral Park in St Johns

My addition to our mounthly outing at Cathedral Park.  Good to see some new faces in our group as well the regulars.  Went down along the river and spotted this ship anchored among the old piles.

St Johns Bridge and Cathedral Park

What a great day! It was fun watching the people setting up for the Jazz Festival. I especially liked the beautiful but brief sound check.

Cathedral Park St. Johns

A beautiful day and a beautiful turnout for Urban Sketching at Cathedral Park. I witnessed at least 2 professional photography sessions.

Newport Coast

My sister was visiting and we went to the beach.  I got a sketch in.

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.