Saturday, December 16, 2017

Pioneer Courthouse Square

While everyone else hung around the square, I  went off to look for a lion that I'd been lusting after.





I found it on Alder, on the Electric Building.  Two lions, actually, facing each other across the entrance.  I did a line sketch, then saved that much aside and continued, obliterating the lines with color.





Then I went back to Pioneer Courthouse Square, to hear a bunch of pirates singing sea shanteys and Christmas carols.  I did a sketch of one of the singers, but my tablet was balky and unresponsive.  And after I'd rebooted it, to fix that problem, I'd lost the sketch.



Back up to the balcony, where most people seemed to be sketching the square, with the tree and the courthouse beyond it.  I sat down and sketched the sketchers.






Saturday, December 2, 2017

9th International Urban Sketchers Symposium and Call for Proposals




The next Urban Sketchers Symposium will take place in Porto, Portugal on July 18-21, 2018. The Education committee is calling for proposals for Workshops, and Skit Sketch by Friday, December 15, 2017 (11:59 p.m. GMT). Read more...


Saturday, November 25, 2017

1 tree, 2 leaves, 3 persimmons

Here it is again, looking not much different from the stick that I planted in April.  Except for those orange things.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

December Sketchcrawl - Pioneer Courthouse Square

3rd Saturday Sketchcrawl
December 16, 2017

For December, we'll meet at the Starbucks on Pioneer Courthouse Square to sketch holiday festivities in Portland's Living Room. 


Image courtesy of dguides.com
Please bring one or two of your favorite seasonal ornaments or holiday decorations. We'll put together a little collaborative still life for anyone that wants to stick around and sketch inside the comfortable cafe, just in case we get challenging weather!

For intrepid outdoors sketchers, options at the Square that day include the IKEA Toy Shop, the 75-foot Douglas Fir, and a holiday-pirate-themed sea shanty performance from 11-12. 

10:00 - Meet at Starbucks on the Square, 720 SW Broadway
10:30 - Sketch around the Pioneer Courthouse Square area or stay indoors and sketch ornaments. 
12:00 - Gather back at the Starbucks for a quick sketchbook sharing, then optionally migrate to Potbelly Sandwich Shop, 802 SW 6th Ave at Yamhill



Saturday, November 18, 2017

Pill Hill sketchcrawl

When I got to the top of the tram I hung out for a bit at the edge of the platform so I could enjoy the view.  But then, mindful of the antibiotics in my system, shifted to a bench out of the sun.  And did Hood, which I haven't seen in weeks, along with an unfamiliar man who appeared to be sketching.
But when he turned, I saw that he was just fiddling with his phone.  With a stylus.  Yes, he was sketching, on his phone.  His name is Chad, and he's a friend of Ellie's.

I was getting cold by then, so I went into the pavilion, and did a trio of sketchers who are hardier than I am.

And then headed towards the skybridge.  But never made it, stopping at a closed coffee shop with a stupendous view.



A Perfect Sketching Day


We rode the tram up to OHSU where we could take in the magnificent fall views of the city, Mt. Hood and St. Helens, the river and gorgeous fall colors. The air was chilly, but the sun was shining so by putting on hats and fingerless gloves, we could stay outside or we could head inside for the coziness and the comfy chairs.

The views, the sun, and the comradely must have worked to inspire such excellent sketches. Here's what we did.







I hope people will still post their sketches, because it would be wonderful to see them close up again.
Thanks everyone for such a fun day!

Friday, November 17, 2017

10th Anniversary Global Sketchwalk

With three stops and wonderful weather (for November) we ventured out for a full day of sketching in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Urban Sketchers.


SW Park, New Deal Distillery and Cartopia. Thanks everyone for yet another great outing!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Storm recovery - persimmon

I gotta admit that I cheated.  I didn't do this one from life, but from a photo that I took on Sunday when the sun was out for five minutes.  (Which was lucky, as Monday's windstorm blew at least one of those leaves off the tree.)

This is obviously not the same variety as the big tree at 25th and Savier, but looks to be the same as the persimmon tree in the Chinese Garden.  Where the plaque says that the fruit won't be ripe until December. 

And when I said that the storm recovery was finally complete?  Well, I lied.  One section of the new sidewalk isn't quite up to code and will have to be redone.  Sometime.  The company is lining up all of their ducks, with one eye on the weather forecast.  My hope is that it gets done before the anniversary of the storm.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Lan Su Garden

I showed up at 9:30, for a memorial service... for a tree.

Osmanthus Life Celebration

There were speeches about how everyone loved the tree - how the Buckman neighborhood donated it to the garden (and how they used heavy equipment to dig it out, transport it and plant it) and how it scented the whole neighborhood in the fall.  I myself had never noticed it before.  It's been suffering for years and is more than a bit scraggly now.

Then we all got cups of tea and drank the traditional Chinese toast for departed loved ones - to heaven, to the earth, and to the ... tree.  (Actually, you're supposed to pour the tea out on the ground, but we drank it, rather than wasting it.)

The tree will be removed tomorrow, with a replacement showing up on Monday morning.  A smaller tree, but it will still need a crane to get it in.

Then I stuck around for Kalina's sketchcrawl in the garden.



Our First (and only?) 5 hour Progressive Sketchwalk

Andrea's brilliant idea for the 10th Anniversary Global Sketchwalk was to keep the sketching going over a 5 hour period of time in 3 different locations. We met at the Museum where there were lots of sketching opportunities. I headed up to PSU.
From there, some of us walked and some took the bus across the river to the New Deal Distillery where the very generous folks there allowed us to sketch the beautiful still. Of course I sampled the whiskey.

The last stop of the day was Cartopia. I wound up with my back to the carts so I sketched the intersection.

What a fun day!!!!