Saturday, July 21, 2018

Rail Museum and Oaks Bottom

I grabbed an orange bike to get to the Tilikum Bridge, which meant I got there way early.  Early enough to start with a sketch of the streetcar bridge over the RR tracks.
Headed towards the rail museum, looking for another sketch.  But found that the other sketchers were already collecting.  So I chatted for a bit, and then, leaning against the fence (with the westbound MAXes passing a foot behind my head) I did a car and caboose parked in front of the museum.
By the time that was done the museum was open.  We went in and browsed a bit, then most of us got on the excursion train to Selwood, leaving only Deb to work her way through the old engines being refurbished in the museum.

We put-putted our way down along the Springwater Corridor getting  off at Oaks Bottom, and I found my way into the amusement park.  And was drawn to their new roller-coaster, the Adrenaline Peak.
It's a short ride, but an intense one, with the passengers being shot up and down and around and twisting about in a corkscrew.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Monster Drawing Rally IV

This is the yearly party at the art museum, where scores of artists sit down in the courtyard and create artworks that are sold to support the museum's youth programs.

I started out just sketching the crowd, which means doing whichever person happened to be in my line of sight.

I noticed that many of the women were wearing little black dresses.  In fact, at least three of them were wearing the exact same little black dress, with a halter top tied in the back and a flouncy skirt.

There was also a Darth Vader-ish person.

He was actually much more intricate than I was able to get down.  Cause he got up and left, going out into the crowd.

The first shift was ending just about then.  I walked past the tables of adult artists, and found, in the sculpture garden, a model posing for a bunch of kids.

Sketchcrawl in Ladd's Addition

Deb had organized an impromptu sketchcrawl for a visitor from Hamburg.  A few of us met in the coffee shop at the center of Ladd's Addition, and then scattered through the neighborhood.

I headed vaguely towards the south, where Deb had said there was an interesting church-like building with statues.  And found it.

I read the first part of the name as Greek characters.  But when I got home and asked google, it said that this was the "I AM" sanctuary.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

August 25, 2018 Sketch Crawl - Old Laurelhurst Church and Laurelhurst Park

AUGUST 25, 2018 Sketch Crawl - Old Laurelhurst Church & Laurelhurst Park

Let's go to Laurelhurst and sketch the Old Laurelhurst Church.  There are so many things to sketch
around here, including Laurelhurst Park.

Delaying this sketch crawl by a week to the 4th Saturday, because I most likely have a conflict.

  • 10:00am - Meet at Oblique Coffee Roasters (3039 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214) for introductions, coffee, and snacks.
  • 10:30am - Walk over to Old Laurelhurst Church (3212 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214) and sketch around there.
  • 12:00noon - Optional lunch at Pied Cow (3244 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214) - time for sharing sketchbooks.

Monday, June 25, 2018

SketchCrawl - Trains and Roller Coasters

Saturday, July 21
11:30 am
Oregon Rail Heritage Museum
 2730 NW 31st Avenue, Portland

Front of Oregon Rail Heritage Center with 4449 pulled out, Sep. 2012
This sketchcrawl takes in two destinations - the Oregon Rail Heritage Museum and Oaks Amusement Park! This includes an optional ($10 round trip) ride on the Oregon Pacific Railroad, from the Oregon Rail Heritage Museum near OMSI to Oaks Amusement Park. If you prefer not to ride the train, you can drive between the two locations or join us for just one segment of the sketchcrawl.

Both the rail museum and the amusement park have free entry. We can also take in Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge which is immediately adjacent to Oaks Amusement Park.

Since we'll be moving around a lot, this will be a great day to work small or loose or both!

 By Tedder - Own work, CC BY 3.0
 By Tedder - Own work, CC BY 3.0
Our starting location is near the OMSI MAX Station on the Orange line. Parking is available under the 99E viaduct, off SE Caruthers.

Since the rail museum doesn't open until noon and there aren't any cafes in the area for a leisurely meetup, we will be starting a little later than usual.

See the train schedule for alternate departure/arrival times if you'd like to customize your sketching day.

By Steve Morgan, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link
By Steve Morgan, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link
  • 11:30am: Meet in front of the Oregon Rail Heritage Museum, 2250 SE Water Avenue (see map below). We'll start by sketching this interesting area of crossing rail lines and freeways.  Since we aren't starting at a cafe, please take care of your urgent food, caffeine, and bathroom needs before we meet!
  • 12:00pm: The Oregon Rail Heritage Museum opens, at which point we can buy tickets for the 12:30 train
  • 12:30pm: Take the train to Oaks Amusement Park (~20 minutes)
  • 12:50pm: Sketching at Oaks Park
  • 1:50pm: Gather for the train
  • 2:00pm: Take the train back to the Oregon Rail Heritage Museum
We'll share sketchbooks along the way, perhaps on the return train.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Sketchcrawl on Interstate

I started out doing a large chunk of the firehouse from a bit of a distance behind it.
And then wandered around till I was near the front, and noticed one tiny plant clinging to a toehold on a window sill.

And finally, I tried a small chunk of the water tower behind the firehouse, blocking in the forms and shading.  But the sun kept wandering in and out of the clouds, and the shadows kept changing.

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

It was a fun day with the Portland Urban Sketchers - and a nice number of new people.  Welcome to you all! The weather cooperated with us.  I enjoyed seeing everybody spread out at the site.  See you next time.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

JUNE 16, 2018 Sketch Crawl - Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center

The area around the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center has several interesting things to sketch. There is the Firehouse itself, the water tower, and the MAX. There is also a little cob structure next door. 
  • 10:00am - Meet at Red E Cafe (1006 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217) for coffee, snacks, and socializing.
  • 10:30am - Walk over to the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (5340 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217) and sketch around there.
  • 12:00noon - Optional lunch at Lucky Lab (1700 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217).

Friday, June 1, 2018

USk 10K+10K Matching Fund Campaign

Help us bring Urban Sketchers workshops to everyone, everywhere! The Urban Sketchers 10k+10K Matching Fund Campaign will bring urban sketching to schools, organizations and communities that have not had the opportunity to enjoy on-location drawing. With you help we hope to raise $20,000 by June 8th. For more information and to donate visit

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Sunny Daze.....

These sunny days have been a boon to get out and sketch the new spring colors.

Irving Park, loved this concrete structure....still trying to figure out how it is used??

Lauralhurst Park, large knobby tree trunks

Lauralhurst Park, Lager view of paths....with busy sketcher.

Lauralhurst Park sculpture

Mother's Day picnic

Chapman School park

And some street scenes from NE Alberta