Sunday, October 19, 2014

Walk of the Heroines

What a great turnout for the sketchcrawl on Oct 18! Loved meeting all the new folks, including travelers from afar, as well as seeing old sketching buddies. Plus breakfast tamales, wow.

I mostly drew at the Walk of the Heroines at the PSU campus. Was glad for (mostly) dry weather and also very glad that there were puddles of rainwater in one of the carved stone monument thingies for the kiddo to splash in!

I was once again blown away by the sketchbook sharing at the end--such beautiful, creative, and unique ways of capturing the world around us. Thanks to everyone for being so fun and inspiring!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Reminder - Oct. 18 sketch crawl, PNCA Big Draw, + other upcoming events

October Sketchcrawl:  PSU
Saturday, October 18.  Let's enjoy the beautiful fall colors at PSU!
  • 9:30 am: Meet at Revolucion Coffee for coffee and/or tea: 1432 SW 6th, Portland.
  • 10 am: Sketch the farmer's market, Walk of the Heroines, libraries, musicians, dogs, people, flowers, and/or coffee.
  • 12 noon: Optional sketchbook sharing - if the weather is good, pick up lunch from the farmer's market and meet at the Walk of the Heroines (SW Montgomery and SW 11th).  If the weather is bad, let's still pick up lunch and meet inside the Smith Student Center cafeteria area, between SW Montgomery & SW Harrison on SW Park, just below grade level.

The Big Draw at PNCA
1241 NW Johnson St, Portland, OR 97209
Saturday, October 25

Continuing Education at Pacific Northwest College of Art invites us to join in on Saturday, October 25, 11-2pm, for The Big Draw, Portland’s companion event to the world’s biggest drawing festival by that name, Be part of a fun family event, get moving with giant crayons and make your mark!

There will be activities for ages 4-99 including drawing with pencils and pastels, with vegetable colors and threads and drawing as observation and as performance. As the event unfolds, our individual and collaborative drawings will intersect the campus commons in myriad lines and shapes. Come and reframe the expectations of drawing with your mark-making at The Big Draw.

The event is open and free to the general public. All ages are welcome!

PNCA Continuing Education's photo.

November Sketchcrawl:  Lumberyard Bike Park
2700 NE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97220
Saturday, November 15
  • 9:30 am: Meet at Lumberyard Bike Park PUB/RESTAURANT for snacks.
  • 10 am: Sketch people doing bike tricks.
  • 12 noon: Optional sketchbook sharing / lunch - gather up at the pub/restaurant.

December Sketchcrawl:  Downtown Central Library
Saturday, December 13

I propose we do December on the 2nd Saturday to avoid the holiday crush. 
  • 9:30 am: Meet at Case Study Coffee for coffee and/or snacks: 802 SW 10th.
  • 10 am: Sketch the Central Public Library, inside or out, whatever suits you: 801 SW 10th.
  • 12 noon: Optional sketchbook sharing and lunch - Kale (Japanese comfort food, very simple menu): 900 SW Morrison.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pepper Cart and Apples

I could not make it to the Apple Festival on Saturday. I was in Olympia and had fun sketching a sweet pepper cart and just a few apples. They have a nice covered market with produce,food stands and crafts. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Apple Tasting Festival

I'm taking the online Sketchbook "Skool" Storytelling class and this week's homework from Melanie Reim was to sketch people in action. Well, there were plenty of people and there was plenty of action at the Apple Tasting Festival at Portland Nursery.  Tucked in among the plants, with the smell of popcorn, pizza, and apple strudel wafting by, I tried to capture some of that action as people chose their apples. Some filled many bags and even some wagons! (I was eager to draw as much as I could, so I added the color at home.)

The post-its are another idea from Melanie Reim. She does warm-up portraits on little post-its. I find that they're also handy for covering up mistakes.

When apples were really popular, the customers had to dive deep to get their picks.

The line for the tasting went on and on, but it was still too quick for me.

It was a lovely day to be out sketching with our little group. I also came home with some tasty new varieties of apples and an increased appreciation for those who can sketch quickly.

Apple Festival at Portland Nursery

Great crowds of people and families with children descended on Portland Nursery to taste, shop and enjoy all things Apple.
Along with the three other sketchers I was positioned to sketch to very long line of people in the tasting line. We weren't even close to the tasting tables and still the people waited and gathered!

watercolor and ink

watercolor and ink

After a while I had had enough of the people sketching and sought out some structure to sketch.

watercolor and ink
It was a grand day and the sun came out at times to give us some of its warmth....a very good sketching day with Katura, Vicky, and Andrea!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sketches from Apple Fest

I had never been to the big apple tasting festival at Portland Nursery before. What a great community party! Steady flow of families pouring in for apples, pears, pumpkins, cider, streudel, music, all of the fun.

Giant apple balloon over the festival tent

Once the baby finally tuckered herself out (thumping on hay bales, chasing puppies, and trying to climb onto all the garden carts), I joined the little trio of urban sketching friends and whipped out a few small sketches during her nap.

It was the actual crates of apples, the large wooden boxes that are moved in by nimble forklifts, full of sweet colorful crunchy goodness, that most caught my eye.

The grain of the wood, the cracks from long use, the tough metal hardware that reinforces each corner. How many years apple festivals have each of these crates seen? Such unique character in each individual box.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Impromptu Sketching: Saturday, 10/11/2014

Hello, Sketchy Friends! There's a notion afoot to get some sketching in this Saturday, Oct 11.
Sketch by Alanna!

Plan A: Sketch the Apple Festival! Meet at Portland Nursery at 10:00 am. The Apple Festival is at 5050 SE Stark, near 50th. It runs from 10 am to 5 pm. More info on what is planned is at

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Plan B: If the weather report looks bad, the backup plan will be to sketch indoors at Hipbone Studios, located at 1847 E. BURNSIDE, #104. They have a drop-in session from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sketch from Saturday

Here's my sketch from last Saturday, looking out at SW 10th from the Case Study Cafe.
Had enough time to add some color to this one.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Wonderful Very Old Sketchbook

Certainly not urban sketching, but check out this wonderful 16th Century sketchbook by Adriaen Coenen, in the collection of the National Library of the Netherlands:

Follow the link: Dit werk online raadplegen to see all the pages at a time. You can scroll the thumbnails by placing your mouse over the column. The displayed images are not large, but if you click on them you then have two levels of zoom available. They are a treat!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

I agree with Deb about the good sharing and conversation with our little group of intrepid sketchers.

Here's my first sketch from Case Study...

My sketch at Director's Square was very experimental and not post-worthy, so here are a couple of sketches from earlier this week. They were done pretty quickly because I've been resisting the idea that summer is really over, and  haven't been dressing for the chilly weather.

Before long, I'll be searching in the back of the closet for my fingerless gloves!