Monday, July 18, 2016

South Park Blocks Sketch Crawl

The weather was fine for this day - not too hot like I expected.

I finished my tiny sketch book:


Moved on to my other lightweight, small-ish, sketch book:

 
And topped it off with a big panorama.  Maybe I'll add color / shadows later.



Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sketchcrawl in the South Park Blocks





I started out in front of the art museum, wanting to get some light and shadows on Teddy Roosevelt.  I found that his face was totally shadowed, which was a shame.  (Seeing how he's facing north, I suspect that I'll never see his face in the sun.)














Then I moved south, to the farmers market, and sketched one of a pair of buskers.  I had to add the color from memory, as they packed up and left before I got to that point.

Farmer's Market at PSU

Today I tried out a new marking instrument....a Konrad Brush pen from Noodler's.
I filled it only this morning with some purple Noodler's ink with the intention to try it out doing some people sketches. I have long admired other Portland sketchers people drawings....you know who you are...and the PSU Farmer's Market is the place for people.
My thinking was that since I was heading out to the symposium in Manchester soon and there I would be taking challenging workshops that I would warm up with something challenging on home turf. OK, maybe not so well thought out.

 

 I think I liked working with the brush...but it will take some getting used to. The paper had a little drag on it and the fragmented line was kind of nice. More practice needed!

After sharing with everyone at PSU Smith Center I returned outside to sketch some more. This time I reverted back to my old standby ink and watercolor and tried to capture a little more of the produce.




SE 20th and Salmon

A Sunday afternoon outing brought me to the Hinson Baptist church on the corner of SW 20th and Salmon. Although the building  has a wonderful entrance on the corner, I ended up sketching the southern elevation due mainly to the fact that there was a shady place to sit on that exposure.  The building corner stone states the building was erected in 1910.




I may have to return and attempt the corner entrance and or see if I can peek inside.

Some historical photos of the building can be found on the Oregon Encyclopedia website :
http://oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/hinson_memorial_baptist_church/#.V4pH3uhlCf0




Thursday, July 7, 2016

Art Tour of New Zealand?

This looks intriguing.  But I'm already double-booked for Saturday, so I can't go to the session to learn about it.  Maybe someone else might like to check it out.

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PCC Community Ed Travel
Art Tour of New Zealand
New Zealand, or Aotearoa in Maori, offers some of the youngest, most diverse and utterly beautiful landscapes found on our planet. We will immerse ourselves in this majestic country as we draw, paint and explore our way across the top of the south island of New Zealand on this 14-day tour. We will savor a multitude of different landscapes when we visit the stunning beaches of Golden Bay, the inland mountains in the Nelson Lakes region and the otherworldly grandeur of the Marlborough Sounds. Join PCC art instructor and New Zealand permanent resident Michael Southern on this once in a lifetime adventure.

New Zealand, or Aotearoa in Maori, offers some of the youngest, most diverse and utterly beautiful landscapes found on our planet. We will immerse ourselves in this majestic country as we draw, paint and explore our way across the top of the south island of New Zealand on this 14-day tour. We will savor a multitude of different landscapes when we visit the stunning beaches of Golden Bay, the inland mountains in the Nelson Lakes region and the otherworldly grandeur of the Marlborough Sounds. Join PCC art instructor and New Zealand permanent resident Michael Southern on this once in a lifetime adventure.

Art instruction is for all levels and offered in a relaxed, friendly environment designed to enhance your time in The Land of the Long White Cloud.

In addition to our time in the landscape, participants will have the opportunity to explore art markets, visit New Zealand artists in their studios and discover the rural flavor of the small towns found in this temperate corner of the country.

Art Tour of New Zealand
CRN 34643
Info Session Saturday at 11 am
@ SE Campus Tabor 141

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

N.Williams and N.Fremont

Of all the new construction in our neighborhood this building stands out as a work of art in my opinion.
I enjoyed watching the progress on the construction and hats off to Holst Architecture for designing a beautiful building. I have been wanting to sketch this for some time.
On a clear sunny day I walked to the corner with my stool and supplies. I had almost finished the drawing when a fellow appeared from the corner grocery to advise me that this was a no loitering zone. I questioned this as there is a bus stop where I imagine passengers could be accused of loitering. Nope, that's the policy of the store owner. Now I know this shop has been there for many years and prior to New Seasons across the street.What threat could an over 65 lady sketcher pose?
I felt uncomfortable and soon packed my supplies and painted this at home from photos. The message in the window was installed after Orlando and appears to be hundreds of small squares of paper.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Coming this August...

4th Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers Sketchcrawl in Tacoma, Washington! 


Join us next summer in another fabulous west coast city, Tacoma, Washington, for the fourth in a series of annual west coast urban sketchers sketch crawl events. We have been in the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland, and San Diego over the past three summers, and this coming summer we offer up Tacoma, the second largest urban area in the state of Washington. Tacoma offers an historically and architecturally rich downtown area that cries out for the sketcher/artist to pay it homage.
Free event runs from August 19-21. See all the details at http://4thwcuskskcrawl.blogspot.com/

Monday, June 27, 2016

I haven't posted here for awhile but since I just came to the last page in my sketchbook,  I thought I would post a few recent sketches before I consign them to the shelf.
This is the Ferry Terminal in San Francisco, drawn lightly in pencil, then the shadows added with a water brush filled with watered down ink--thanks for the tip, Deb, it was a great time-saver for this slow sketcher!
A foggy day at Yaquina Bay...hmmm sounds like a song, doesn't it?
This apartment building on Glisan is just one of the many beautiful historic brick buildings in Portland.
These old fire houses are another example of fine brick-work.  This one is transitioning into a residence.
Well, now its time to face the blank pages of a new sketchbook--I'd better get busy!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Centennial Mills

It was an enjoyable meetup with the urban sketchers on Saturday! I enjoyed meeting so many new people.
However, the weather was a lot better this morning when I returned to finish my sketch. I had put down Saturday's gray clouds already though the sky was blue today. I have sketched this building several times before and I always enjoy it. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Fields

I've often been to the Fields to sketch, most recently to watch some of the buildings across the railroad tracks being demolished.  Today I realized that, due to that demolition, you can now see the grain silo across the river.

There certainly were some dramatic, and changing, clouds out this morning.