Saturday, April 20, 2013

sketching at University of Portland

I got this 'from above' view of the Port of Portland from the bluffs at the university. It was quite challenging and after I'd started it I thought maybe I should have done a warm-up sketch or two. There is much that is not included in the sketch...it was so busy with buildings, ships, cranes and whatnot's that I became lost a couple of times. Besides ships that moved!
But I have to keep remembering that it is the essence that I am after not an exact representation.

View of Port of Portland from University of Portland bluffs on the Willamette- watercolor, ink, Pitt pens
Afterward I cooled my brain and did this more tranquil subject.

Sculpture at University of Portland- ink


 After lunch in the Commons we passed around our sketches and then Kalina gave her 'Pens 101' to an enraptured (and grateful) audience.........a good day!

8 comments:

  1. Wow, Deb! I know how complicated that scene is from the bluff. I've been confused just looking at it, without attempting to capture it in a sketch. You did it, though! I'm sure it's quite a challenge to capture all that hugeness and all that activity in a sketchbook. I love the brain-cooling sketch, too:)

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  2. Deb, you did such a good job of editing the scene of the port so it captures the gist without getting buried in boggling complexity. And the colors are lovely!

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  3. That port scene is just amazing! How large was the sketch book in which you painted it?
    --Kate

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  4. Thank you Vicky, Katura and Kate. I am glad that my confusion when sketching this busy scene is not apparent to you all...so thank you very much!
    In answer to your question Kate, the sketchbook is a HandBook. Opened up completely flat it measures 5 1/4 X 16 1/2inches.

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  6. Beautiful work, Deb. The port scene is a knockout. Great job editing the scene to be more impactful.

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  7. Deb, I know this scene well and you captured it beautifully! I like the second sketch as well, with all of the angles softened by the suggestion of plants.

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  8. Thank you Bill and Janene. The port scene was a very challenging sketch but I am encouraged by all of the positive comments. The smaller sketch was quite fun to do also although there were some strange building angles that need more attention!...maybe another time.

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