Monday, April 22, 2019

Scavenger Hunt #3 & #11 Spring Blossoms /light media on a dark background

I thought I would do a combination of two items on our list: Spring blossoms #3 and light media on a dark background #11.
This is a handbook sketchbook (not watercolor paper). I pre-textured the spread with Golden Fluid Acrylic paint. The sketch was done with gouache. These flowers are from my yard.

I did add more dark in places.... and used a bit of watercolor

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Joining the Seattle Urban Sketchers

I had a great trip up to Seattle for the weekend, including an outing with the Seattle Urban Sketchers. The group was warm and welcoming.  I enjoyed seeing Gail, Tina, and Frank again.  I enjoyed meeting Jane Dillon Wingfield.  Stories about Seattle architectural history and city politics were flowing.

We sketched the Show Box Theater outside the Pike Place Market.

Then a few of us got cold and went inside the Storybook Coffee House.

The previous night, I went on my own to Seattle University.  Here is the result of that peaceful sketching session:

Cherry Blossoms and People Sketching

Our March sketchcrawl was too early for the cherry blossoms, but we had impromptu outings the following two weekends and I finally got these sketches done.

Since I'm a bit behind in posting, I'll also include the next topic that got me out sketching...#oneweek100people2019. I made it to... maybe 17? But it had been a long time since I'd gotten the sketchbook out on the bus so it was still worthwhile.

May 2019 Sketchcrawl: South Waterfront Bridge Views

Saturday, May 18: South Waterfront Sketchcrawl

Sketch by Vicky Porter
To continue our bridge theme for 2019, let's return to the South Waterfront area! We should get good views of the Marquam Bridge, Ross Island Bridge, and, of course, Tilikum Crossing. 

This area is easily reached by MAX Orange line and Streetcar.  Street parking may be hard to find, so we recommend using public transit.

10:00am - Meet at Starbucks, 2730 SW Moody Ave, Portland, OR 97201
10:30am - Sketch around Tilikum Crossing.
12:00 noon - Sketchbook throwndown outside Starbucks/Elephants
OPTIONAL sketchbook sharing and lunch at Cha Cha Cha, 3135 SW Moody Ave.

Next Month: St. Johns Bridge and Cathedral Park

Scavenger Hunt #13 Someone Drinking Coffee

East Bank Hawthorne Bridge Sketchcrawl

As always, it was wonderful to go out sketching with Urban Sketchers Portland.  Got chilled to the bone.  

Saturday, April 20, 2019

East Bank and the Hawthorne Bridge

It was a little overcast and chilly but an otherwise beautiful day on the Eastbank Esplanade with another great turnout of enthusiastic sketchers. I was comfortable sitting on some rocks near the Fire Station, at least at the beginning. It seemed to get colder rather than warmer as time went by and we were all shivering by the end.

Hawthorne Bridge from the Esplanade

Actually, four bridges: the Hawthorne, the Marquam, the Tilikum and the Ross Island, all in a row.  Done from the dock below the fire station.

Then I walked back up to the bank and found a good view of Big Pink, framed between two trees.

Kay had given me a brush/stylus.  That worked pretty well for doing the tree bark.