Sunday, August 18, 2019

Albina Mississippi crawl

I haven't sketched in this area for years, but have always enjoyed its mix of urban decay, sweet little indie businesses, massive industrial buildings, and in the distance... downtown skyline to one side, Fremont Bridge to the other.

After the first two sketches I walked down towards Interstate to sketch the Fremont Bridge... but couldn't help it, I love those criss-crossing overpasses and had to keep going!

Albina/Mississippi from Dawn Patrol Coffee
Albina/Mississippi area
Albina/Mississippi area

September Sketchcrawl - Sept. 21: Thurman Bridge and Macleay Park

Our next regularly scheduled Saturday sketchcrawl will take in the historic Thurman Bridge, which was built in 1905 during the Lewis & Clark Exposition. This bridge also crosses the entrance to Macleay Park which we will have the option to explore. It's less than a mile's walk to reach some stone building ruins down a hiking trail. This should be a nice crawl to spend some end-of-summer weather in a beautiful lush environment!

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Schedule: (Find your own breakfast beverages/food prior to meeting. See Resources below.)
10am: Meet at Lower Macleay Park entrance (see map below). This is one block west from NW 29th & Upshur.
12pm: Sketchbook throwdown at same location
12:30pm: Optional lunch at Industrial Cafe at 2572 NW Vaughn.
(This is a ~7 block walk from the park.)


There is a restroom and some parking near the park entrance.
A nearby cafe for snacks/coffee is Clearing Cafe at 2772 NW Thurman, which is about 5 minutes' walk east from the park.

Getting There: The entrance to the park is a 7 minute walk from the NW Wardway & Montgomery Park Trimet stop, which is served by lines 15 and 77.  There is some parking in the neighborhood but we're uncertain how easy it will be to find a spot.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

N Interstate and Albina

It was cool and overcast today so we didn't have to find shady spots for drawing. Lots of people focused on the Fremont Bridge while others focused on the neighborhood. Fun day!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Fremont Bridge again

I walked down to the site of the road construction under the ramp up to the Fremont Bridge.  Thurman is open to car traffic again, but there's still a lot of work yet to be done.  But no construction today, seeing as it's Sunday.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

I found some good views of the Steel and Broadway bridges, from the Willamette Greenway Trail.

And in the next section, upstream of the Broadway Bridge, I found a spot where I had a good view of the Steel Bridge.  And of a great blue heron

And at this point, I had a problem.  The McCormick Pier Condos have had problems with homeless people on the trail.  They even tried to close the trail a while back, to keep them out.  The city made them reopen it, so they came up with another solution.  Now you're allowed to walk or run along the river, but you can't stop.  A polite security guard came by to tell me to move along.

Monday, July 22, 2019

My friends house

Today I sat in the driveway and sketched my friends house.
A few days ago I sketched my husband during a  scrabble game.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

August Sketchcrawl: Fremont Bridge and North Portland - Saturday, August 17, 2019

Saturday, August 17, 2019
We are going to N Russel Street under the Fremont Bridge.
by Kalina Wilson
  • 10:00am - Meet at Dawn Patrol Coffee (670 N Russel Street, Portland, OR- Inside the LABrewatory) for coffee, snacks, and introductions. Accessible from Max and bus.
  • 10:30am - Sketch the Fremont Bridge or the surrounding area.
  • 12:00noon - Sketchbook throwdown, location tba.
  • 12:15pm - Optional lunch and sketchbook sharing at the LABrewatory with food from Tomale Boy (670 N Russell Street)

Newport/ Depoe Bay Coast Sketching

Greetings from the Oregon coast..I am thinking of you trying to get in some bridge sketching!  ( and husband sketching).
I am having a bit of a challenge posting from my iPad.... oh well

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Sketchcrawl at Cathedral Park

Getting to St Johns on transit from my house is a bit awkward.  You either take one of the few 15's that goes past Montgomery Park to the end of the line, then get off and wait for 40 minutes for a 16 to pick you up for the rest of the way, or you go the other way and cross the Steel or Morrison bridges, and then transfer to a bus that makes the long trek up into the peninsula.  But I decided to be clever and concocted a direct route without a long layover.  It involved riding an orange bike to the hub outside of Schoolhouse Electric, then crossing the railroad tracks to catch a 16 on Front.

But there was a catch.
 That being a freight train parked on the crossing.  And extending as far as I could see in both directions. I settled in to wait, to see if by chance it would get out of the way before my bus arrived.  And sketched until I heard it go by on the other side of the train.

Then I checked the bus schedule, and decided that taking the bus in an hour wouldn't make me too late, and decided to try the new coffee shop in Schoolhouse Electric.  Had a latte and a croissant and read the Willamette Week from cover to cover.  And, eventually, the train started up and rolled away, and I was able to get to Front and catch my bus.

I'd missed the pre-sketching gathering, so I headed straight down into Cathedral Park and worked my way down the hill until I found a spot in the shade with a good view up at the bridge.
And then headed down to the river, where a stern-wheeler was passing.  I watched it go by downriver, and spied a mysterious ship off in the distance.  So I worked my way along the river to find a better view of it.