Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ARTSPARK Thursday November 20, 5-7 pm: Drink and Draw at Oregon Public House, 700 NE Dekum St Portland, OR 97211


Folks, this looks like a great event!
Drink and Draw in Portland will be the featured group at Art Spark, a bi-monthly artist meet and greet sponsored by the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC)! We'll be talking about upcoming events, hearing from the NW Film Center, and of course, there will be drinking, drawing and even a place to post your sketches. The event will be held at the Oregon Public House, a non-profit pub that donates all of its profits to various charities. Should be a blast, come out in force for this one!  More details here:

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Across the street from the Lumberyard...

The meetup at the Lumberyard was super cool--loved seeing the little kiddos riding their bikes all around the ramps (especially the ~4 year old girl in the red tutu!) But little Magpie was impatient to go outside and take advantage of the sunshine, so we ended up across the street at Glenhaven Park where--who knew?--there is a little skate park full of kids riding trick bikes, skateboards, and razor scooters.


It was a nice day for bright highlights and crisp shadows. We sat in the sun and ate crackers and applesauce, and my pencils got dipped into the applesauce more than once, but hey--that's all part of the joy of autumn.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Last Saturday (11/8) sketching

All of the weather people said it was going to be a nice day on Saturday so with crossed fingers I decided to visit the Fields Park and see what was happening with the construction there.
Susannah joined me for coffee and then went to Jamison Park to sketch while I stayed in the Fields. I did a couple of warm up sketches and then these.


An experiment without glasses. It was difficult though and I ended up finishing with glasses on.

Construction and cranes.


The iconic view of the water tower.


After getting some 360 views from the Fields I moved down toward the train tracks and got this view of the fall color. Amazing that the leaves and color have stayed so long.
It was a great day to be out and sketching!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Reminder - this Saturday - November 15 Sketchcrawl - Lumberyard Bike Park

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.
If you want to ride bikes at the Lumberyard, there is a fee - but we can stay at the Pub/Restaurant the whole time and sketch the bikers from there for free.



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.
 
 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Recent sketch gatherings

Here's one from yesterday at PNCA's Big Draw.



This is Raven and Rose  Restaurant near PSU, from the October Sketchcrawl.


And this one is from the September sketchcrawl at the waterfront.


Always great to see you all.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Big Draw--PNCA Oct. 25

I'm reposting this in order to maybe entice some others to join us at PNCA tomorrow. We'll gather there at 11:30 and again at 1:00 to interest others in urban sketching.  Those who want sustenance and company before the event will meet at the Daily at 10:00. http://dailyinthepearl.com/daily_cafe_in_the_pearl/daily.html .
Hope to see you there!
Vicky


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, http://www.thebigdraw.org/. 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.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Last Saturday's Sketchcrawl

We had a good turn-out at our sketchcrawl last Saturday. Here are some of the sketchers who stayed around for the sharing and lunch.


Here's a sketch from the Farmers Market.  If you look closely, you'll see a couple of sketchers.


Here are a few other sketchers from our lunchtime sketch.


A few of us sketched until the market closed. I tried to capture some of the remaining people.


It was a great day to be at the market and at PSU and mostly with the always enjoyable sketchers.




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, http://www.thebigdraw.org/. 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.