Saturday, July 4, 2015

Invitation to sketch Aurora Colony Days, August 8

Saturday, August 8 -- Aurora sketch outing 

Susan Black from Aurora, Oregon (just south of Wilsonville, about 20 miles from Portland) invites us to leave the city and spend all or part of the day sketching and enjoying a bucolic small-town celebration, Aurora Colony Days.  

Aurora, a National Historic District, is a 950-person town that was settled in the mid-19th century as a sort of utopian colony .  Though that specific community no longer exists, Aurora continues as a creative, vibrant place esp. known for its many antique and vintage shops, its 35 original colony buildings, its historic museum and its natural beauty.  Sketchable people-watching events in the Colony Days celebration include a footrace, a parade, a pancake breakfast, antiques, food and other street vendors to augment the brick-and-mortar merchants, a community art show, a beer garden and a concert -- most outdoors and all in walking distance and set among vintage buildings and lush greenery.  Events begin at 7:30 (the footrace) and continue all day into the evening (the concert).  

Susan is the organizer of the community art show and has also invited a group of watercolorists to work in Aurora on August 8.  A reception and show/sale specifically for the day's work will take place in mid-afternoon.

Susan invites us to gather at her home (21424 Liberty Street NE, Aurora), which is handy to all the Colony Days venues, anytime from 7 AM on.  Please contact her directly at or 415-533-5431(cell). 

For research: -- -- "images of Aurora Oregon" in your search engine.

Please email if you are interested in carpooling, or post on the Google group. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Urban Trees

 With the hot days we've been having, it's wonderful to have so many trees.

A brother and sister were playing cards under the trees in Lithia Park in Ashland last week.

More Lithia Park Trees...

Today, sitting under the trees in Laurelhurst Park, it seemed about ten degrees cooler than the surrounding neighborhood.

I hope you all find some shady trees and maybe a pond to cool your feet.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

More Peninsula Park Sketches

I didn't make it to the sketch crawl at Peninsula Park, but I was there about a week earlier. I hadn't been sketching much and decided to play it safe by drawing little tiny sketches. Here are my miniatures.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Peninsula Park sketches

This day was my first exposure to a Parkways Bike event. It was very exciting to see all of the bikers gathering before 11:00 ready to set off on their tour of the other parks.

Some of the other sketchers had their bikes and I was impressed with their verve. I however was on foot and staying in Peninsula Park for the morning.

The Fountain- watercolor and non waterproof ink

I love this sunken rose garden with its wonderful structure of paths and planting beds. After doing this fountain sitting at the lowest level I went up to an outer edge to get a view from a higher angle.

The Gazebo- watercolor and non waterproof ink (using the Hero m86 pen)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sunday Parkways

Started in the sunken rose garden, surrounded by the scents of hundreds of flowers.
Then onto the course, north and west to Arbor Lodge Park, where I sketched a cyclist. A stationary cyclist, leaning against a tree and listening to a swing band.
Then north to Kenton Park, taking a rest along the way to listen to the Portland Recorder Society.

Penninsula Park, Part of Sunday Parkways

Hi,  once in a blue moon I get out to a sketching event. Had a good time at PenninsulaPark  and Sunday Parkways. Good time meeting and talking to sketchers that get there more often than me.  I'll try to get to Cathedral Park next month.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Peninsula Park - June Urban Sketch Crawl

It was a beautiful day on Sunday.  Peninsula Park is definitely going to be one of my new hangouts.

Thanks to everybody who came.  Deb will be leading the Cathedral Park sketch crawl in July because I'll be in Singapore!  See you when I get back, but hopefully before that.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Some sketches from my travel east

Just a few of the sketches in Portsmouth NH, Eliot ME and Bristol RI...more on my blog.

Portsmouth NH- Market Square
Eliot ME - Farmstead B&B
Bristol RI - British Motorcars

A little catch-up...sketches from a past sketchcrawl

It was great to explore the area around the High and Low Gallery (our host for the potluck and materials exchange). Thanks Julie!
With the street mandala painting going on at SE 33rd and Yamhill and our potluck and materials exchange it was a super charged day.

I started out with a fairly stiff sketch of the street painting but after the potluck I returned to do another looser and more interesting sketch.

Other subjects were taken on too like the church at the corner of SE 35th and Yamhill. I neglected to get the name but I did like the tower and the trees surrounding it.

It is always fun to get new tools so I was pleased to come away from the materials exchange with some great stuff. A Hero M86 pen and some new ink colors got me so excited that I couldn't wait to try them out. Thank you to Andrea, all of the organizers and to the other artists that brought such great things to the exchange.

Hero M86 pen with new Noodlers Air Corp Blue ink

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sunnyside Urban Sketch Crawl

I drew what turned out to be a house where Kalina used to live.

Always great to be with you all!