Sunday, November 11, 2018

November 17, 2018 Sketch Crawl - Portland Nursery Greenhouse on Division

NOVEMBER 17, 2018, Sketch Crawl - Portland Nursery Greenhouse

We have a great opportunity to sketch at the Portland Nursery.  They have a greenhouse with cacti and tropical plants - sounds great on a fall day! Our pre- and post-sketching will have an Asian theme.

Special Instructions from the Portland Nursery:

1. Please do not disturb or interfere with customers.
2. If you are going by car, please use the East parking lot (gravel lot), instead of the one out front.
3. If you are biking, there is a bike rack on the west side.
4. If you are going by public transit, Trimet bus and MAX have nearby stops.

Schedule:
  • 10:00am - Meet at Gary's Bakery and Bistro (8615 SE Division St # 101, Portland, OR 97266) for introductions, coffee, and snacks.
  • 10:30am - Walk over to the Portland Nursery Greenhouse at 9000 SE Division.
  • 12:00noon - Sketchbook Throwdown at the Portland Nursery Greenhouse.  
  • 12:15pm - Optional lunch and sketchbook sharing at Wong's King (8733 SE Division St #101, Portland, OR 97266)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Swan Island sketchcrawl


Another lovely sketching day that started out cold and foggy but then moved to sunny and warm.
We explored a little part of a new walkway/path and its views of the river. This spot is worth another visit. Thanks Andrea, for scoping this out.



My warm-up sketch tried to capture some of the fogginess of the morning...not exactly!

I then switched to doing a series of vignettes using my two non-waterproof pens and Lexington Grey filled water brush.

This last group I added some color with Watercolor Pencils.

On Monday, I and a couple of other sketchers visited Reed College. The combination of architecture and big, gorgeous trees in color was too stunning to pass.

Watercolor pencils and ink

Trying to capture some of the color!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Sketchcrawl on Swan Island

 We all headed towards the river and straggled along the park there, finding vantage points.  I started out looking directly across the river, with the clouds pinned to the top of the Tualatin Ridge muting all the colors.


Then I wandered to the end of the path, and then backtracked to a shrub with colorful fruit.

Monday, September 17, 2018

3rd Saturday Sketchcrawl - Oct. 20 - Swan Island

OCTOBER 20, 2018, Sketch Crawl - Swan Island

Photo Credit: OregonHikers.org
Here's a place I've never been and have been wondering about for ages.  Swan Island.  It is full of industrial buildings and it sits on the Willamette River.   There is McCarthy Park with a path you can walk along.  It looks like it has some interesting views.
  • 10:00am - Meet at Anna's Island Cafe  (4715 N Lagoon Ave, Portland, OR 97217) for introductions, coffee, and snacks.
  • 10:30am - Walk over to the McCarthy Park trail  at N. Channel Ave & N Anchor St.  (I will make sure this is feasible.)
  • 12:00noon - Optional lunch and sketchbook sharing back at Anna's. 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Pottery in Montevilla

Most of us strung ourselves along Stark to draw the Academy Theater from different angles.  But I was struck by the figures posed in the window of a pottery shop and stopped to sketch them.


Montavilla and the Academy Theater

We had a good turnout, good weather, and good sketching yesterday. Here's a photo of the sketchers who were around for the throw-down and another of their sketches.



Some of the sketchers stayed for lunch at Flying Pie Pizza. It was also a chance to look at sketchbooks and iPad sketches up close.




Quite a few of us drew the Academy Theater and it was fun to see the various approaches. Here's mine.


Thanks everyone, for another fun day of sketching and chatting (and eating) together.



Thursday, August 30, 2018

Sketchcrawl in Laurelhurst

It was a big group, with sketchers stretched for a block in either direction, on both sides of the street.  I'd gotten there late and found an unoccupied curb and sat down to do my own sketch.

And then, another sketcher just down the curb a bit.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Here's a photo of many, but not all of the sketchers who came out to sketch in Laurelhurst today. We had several new sketchers today, too. I hope everyone comes back again! Most of us sketched the church, but you'll have to wait for someone else to post a good photo of the resulting sketches.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sketchcrawl in the neighborhood

Gregg was coming down from Seattle for the weekend, so Vicky organized a special sketchcrawl for him, in my neighborhood.

Most people headed towards Trinity Cathedral.  But I'd done the red doors (or at least one of them) recently and headed the other way, to William Temple House.  And, seeing how Oliver lived only next door, I stopped by to see if he was receiving visitors.  And he was.  In fact, he climbed up into my lap and took a nap.  And so, instead of sketching William Temple House, I sketched Oliver.


I got done with that before he showed any sign of getting up, so I picked the second most interesting thing I could see - the entrance to the apartment building across the street.


Halfway through that a black cat tried to sneak into Oliver's territory, and he had to get off my lap to evict him.  And then Kalina and John and John's dog, Trevor, showed up, looking for sketchers.  For Gregg in particular.  We chatted for a bit and I scratched the dog's ears, and then they went off towards Trinity.  And Oliver, who had been lurking nearby, came out and gave me a right what-for for having paid attention to a mere dog.  And climbed back up into my lap.

When I was done with the second sketch, and had shifted the cat, I wandered over to Trinity myself, and had time to do a quick sketch of the northeast corner of the cathedral.




Sunday, August 12, 2018

SEPTEMBER 15, 2018, Sketch Crawl - Montavilla & Academy Theater

SEPTEMBER 15, 2018, Sketch Crawl - Montavilla & Academy Theater

Photo Credit: 
Let's go to Montavilla and sketch the neighborhood center.  The Academy Theater is there and there are a bunch of interesting shops, including an antique shop.  Montavilla Park is not too far.  There is also the "Beets Auto Body" sign.

Did you know that Montavilla started out as "Mount Tabor Villa Addition?"  That's what we heard.
  • 10:00am - Meet at Bipartisan Cafe (7901 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215) for introductions, coffee, and snacks.  They also have pie!
  • 10:30am - Sketch street scenes and/or the Academy Theater (7818 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215).
  • 12:00noon - Optional lunch at Flying Pie Pizza, 7804 SE Stark - time for sharing sketchbooks.