I did some old cars and close ups of new cars. I mostly sketched from inside the 7 Virtues coffee shop. Maybe I should have done 7 sketches. Then I could label them all for you. Well, fine I'm just going to go for it.
Had little time to sketchcrawl last weekend, but found a great corner near us in NW.
Around the corner from the main Pro Photo shop on 19th is the new-old
building, where they've taken a dull green-grey corner at 18th and
Marshall and brightened it up. I used deep colors, with layered dark colors on top and tried a deep shadow. Not to bad, running colors (I like) and fine for the field.
entry used to be unnoticeable; the colors all around it have popped it
and made the entire entry cheery and inviting.
Seems I may have been inadvertently channeling Cuba today at our monthly sketchcrawl.
Comfortably sitting on an opposite corner I was able to try my hand at capturing this iconic building on NE Glisan housing a well loved Cuban restaurant. Love those bright colors. I am told by Jason (who sketched there with James Richards) that is typical of Cuban buildings.
watercolor and non waterproof ink.
I spent the majority of my time on the above sketch and then headed over to the Zipper. There I joined other sketchers looking across to the Vintage Vendors trying to capture two older model classic cars. Something that I have heard is typically seen in Cuba...maybe not these as they are 50's cars but a feeling of a bygone era was definitively there.
watercolor and ink
So happy the rain held back very nicely to allow for our outside sketching. A very good day!
Ellie and I headed out on the MAX train for a day of sketching. Our original plan was to go downtown but we got off at the Moda Center instead. I remembered seeing the grain elevator across the river on my way to a Blazer game and today seemed like the perfect day to take a stab at drawing it. We stood side by side checking each other's progress and offering encouragement. What a great day! Here are our sketches.
The weather was perfect, the birds were singing, the ducks and geese were relaxing and all was beautiful at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens yesterday. I tend to get overwhelmed by all the wonderful views there, so I decided to simplify with some small vignettes.
Last week I had an hour to kill some time near PSU. I am not fond of much of the modern architecture in Portland because it is boring, not
adventurous, but this building is complicated and evokes the Native
American traditions beautifully. I knew what it was before I heard the
name. It is both modest and strong, reflecting the tradition it houses.
Above, a quick sketch (with Diamine Ancient Copper ink in a Lamy Al-star) of
the Native American Student Center at the south end of the PSU campus,
off the park. Watercolor wash moved the inks: three colors were used:
Yavapei, Lapis, and Shungite, with a bit of leftover mixed green for the
tree which was overshadowed by the Ancient Copper ink, which runs like
crazy.... Below, pushing my comfort zones, using watercolor pencils, no inked lines (absolutely out of my comfort zone), and light watercolor washes on site. Back in studio added to the washes a bit, and may have overworked it. All a learning. Watercolors are SO in the moment, unforgiving!