Friday, November 17, 2017

10th Anniversary Global Sketchwalk

With three stops and wonderful weather (for November) we ventured out for a full day of sketching in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Urban Sketchers.

SW Park, New Deal Distillery and Cartopia. Thanks everyone for yet another great outing!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Storm recovery - persimmon

I gotta admit that I cheated.  I didn't do this one from life, but from a photo that I took on Sunday when the sun was out for five minutes.  (Which was lucky, as Monday's windstorm blew at least one of those leaves off the tree.)

This is obviously not the same variety as the big tree at 25th and Savier, but looks to be the same as the persimmon tree in the Chinese Garden.  Where the plaque says that the fruit won't be ripe until December. 

And when I said that the storm recovery was finally complete?  Well, I lied.  One section of the new sidewalk isn't quite up to code and will have to be redone.  Sometime.  The company is lining up all of their ducks, with one eye on the weather forecast.  My hope is that it gets done before the anniversary of the storm.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Lan Su Garden

I showed up at 9:30, for a memorial service... for a tree.

Osmanthus Life Celebration

There were speeches about how everyone loved the tree - how the Buckman neighborhood donated it to the garden (and how they used heavy equipment to dig it out, transport it and plant it) and how it scented the whole neighborhood in the fall.  I myself had never noticed it before.  It's been suffering for years and is more than a bit scraggly now.

Then we all got cups of tea and drank the traditional Chinese toast for departed loved ones - to heaven, to the earth, and to the ... tree.  (Actually, you're supposed to pour the tea out on the ground, but we drank it, rather than wasting it.)

The tree will be removed tomorrow, with a replacement showing up on Monday morning.  A smaller tree, but it will still need a crane to get it in.

Then I stuck around for Kalina's sketchcrawl in the garden.

Our First (and only?) 5 hour Progressive Sketchwalk

Andrea's brilliant idea for the 10th Anniversary Global Sketchwalk was to keep the sketching going over a 5 hour period of time in 3 different locations. We met at the Museum where there were lots of sketching opportunities. I headed up to PSU.
From there, some of us walked and some took the bus across the river to the New Deal Distillery where the very generous folks there allowed us to sketch the beautiful still. Of course I sampled the whiskey.

The last stop of the day was Cartopia. I wound up with my back to the carts so I sketched the intersection.

What a fun day!!!!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Urban Sketchers 10th Anniversary Global Sketchcrawl

About a dozen of us gathered at the art museum (as opposed to the hundreds lining up for Wordstock) and we passed out the hashtags to use and the schedule for the day.  And took a couple of group photos, and then dispersed.

I walked straight back into the museum, wading through the book lovers, and did another sketch of the giant skeleton in the Laika exhibit, from below this time.

I'd put on a nametag, as I was officially volunteering for the sketchcrawl.  Which meant that people passing thought that I was a volunteer for the museum, or for Wordstock, and kept asking me for directions.

Also, my preferred sketching apps seems to have upgraded itself since the last time I used it.  And has a different UI.  And more brushes.  And more colors.  So many that they've given up on naming them and just give them numbers.

After that I wandered towards the farmers market.  It was drizzling, but I was able to stand in the entrance to the library and see one of the booths (doing coffee) from the back.

Then down to the Urban Center, where I stood under the shelter of a MAX stop.

Then across the river on the Hawthorne Bridge, and down to the esplanade, where I stood under a tree to do downtown.

At this point a slow-moving freight train was blocking my path to the next stop, so I climbed back up on the Hawthorne Bridge to go over it to get to the New Deal Distillery.  Here a bunch of us gathered to draw their still.

Then we straggled over the few blocks to Cartopia, the food pod at one corner of Ladd's Addition.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

November Sketch Crawl - OHSU and the Tram

Image credit: Wikipedia
3rd Saturday Sketchcrawl
November 18, 2017

It has been a while since we've gone up to OHSU.  Hopefully we will still have some nice fall color.  No matter what we will have great views.  And we'll be safe from rain if there is any.

The Tram costs $4.70 for a round trip ticket.
10:00am - Meet at the South Waterfront Lower Tram Terminal at , for introductions.  Take the tram at your own pace up to OHSU on Marquam Hill.
10:30am - Sketch around OHSU Kohler Pavilion, VA Bridge, etc.
12:00noon - OPTIONAL sketchbook sharing near the Marquam Hill Upper Tram Terminal,  

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Cozy sketching

I stayed inside the Rocking Frog last week with the other sketchers sketching each other.  What a fun place.  I had to try one of their fresh out of the oven hot donuts.  Had to eat it before sketching it though.

Last week when we met with Jane, the foreground seemed a little dull, so I first turned around and sketched the sunflowers behind me.  Then I turned back around and sketched the tents and trees that had also caught my eye.  I will try that again some time.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

A Rainy Day Sketching

Even with a forecast of 100% chance of rain all day, we had a good turnout of sketchers. Kate (Seattle USk group) even joined us!

We started at the Rocking Frog on Belmont.

We had people on the porch, one who sketched in her car, and a couple of sketchers who sketched in Lone Fir Cemetery.

I was part of the group that sketched inside the cafe the whole time.

                               Kalina, on the other hand, ventured out and got pretty drenched!

Thanks everyone, for a fun way to spend a rainy morning!

Friday, October 13, 2017

10th Birthday of USk - Global 24hr Sketchwalk - Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017

Hello Portland Urban Sketchers!

Portland Urban Sketchers will be participating in the international Urban Sketcher’s official 10th birthday (11th November 2017), for the first 24hr Sketchwalk ever!

USk chapters around the world will come together and hold sketchwalks in their cities on that day. Through our social media accounts we will travel across the globe over 24hrs, following the timezones, as we broadcast hourly the sketchwalks happening live in different cities.

Portland Urban Sketchers will join in with a progressive sketchcrawl throughout the city that day. Please join us and other urban sketchers around the world!

Location A - 10am - 1pm: South Park Blocks (PSU / Farmer's Market / Portland Art Museum) - meet around Museum Grounds Cafe, 1219 SW Park Ave
Location B - 1pm - 3pm: New Deal Distillery, 900 SE Salmon St
Location C - 3pm - 5pm: Cartopia, 1207 SE Hawthorne Blvd

"Shepherd" volunteers will be available to help you get from one place to another via public transit, bike, or walking. It's a max of 1.5 miles between each location.

"Point person" volunteers will also be available at each location to answer questions you may have.

More info on the 10 Year Anniversary Celebration of Urban Sketchers can be found here:

See you there!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Old and New Portland Architecture

I'm sure you recognize these houses from the sketch crawl posts on this blog. I couldn't resist going back to New Seasons to sketch these colorful oldies.

This new building is the Karl Miller Center at PSU.  I sketched it from the covered deck of the Urban Center building. It was a perfect for a drizzly day.

Friday, September 29, 2017

USk Group Exhibition is Canceled for now

Message from Amber Sausen, the President Urban Sketchers this morning:

Dear Urban Sketcher Regional Admins,
We regret to inform you that the Ave Maria University exhibition has had to be cancelled due to a number of factors that resulted in a very short deadline. We're disappointed, as we're sure you are too. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. While this particular show is cancelled, Urban Sketchers does plan to host another exhibition in future...

Monday, September 25, 2017

USk News: Call for Entry to USk Group Exhibition

The USk board is pleased to invite urban sketchers to submit sketches for an upcoming USk group exhibition at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida, USA. The university seeks images that portray the motto of Urban Sketchers—we show the world, one drawing at a time.

The exhibition will run from November through February 2018 in the Canizaro Exhibit Gallery at Ave Maria University. This exhibit is one of several that will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Urban Sketchers.

Please submit up to three images that highlight life in your neighborhood/city/country.

International Deadline: 4 October 2017 23:59 CDT.

Details are provided in the submission form:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Slabtown Gouche Sketch

Here is the sketch I did from Slabtown this weekend. I'm really happy with how the gouache paint colors turned out. I used Talens 24 color opaque watercolor gouache tin from Blick and a pencil to layout shapes.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Oct. 21 Sketch Crawl - Lone Fir Cemetery

3rd Saturday Sketchcrawl
October 21, 2017

Let's sketch the Lone Fir Cemetery!  Seems appropriate for October.  There may be some nice fall colors.  And if it's rainy there are some little shops nearby on Belmont that people can duck in to.

We will start and end in Rocking Frog Cafe.

10:00am - Meet at Rocking Frog Cafe, 2511 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214, for introductions, coffee, and snacks.
10:30am - Sketch around the Lone Fir Cemetery or on Belmont.
12:00noon - OPTIONAL sketchbook sharing and lunch back at Rocking Frog Cafe.

Slabtown Sketch Crawl

I came late to the party.  We had a nice turnout with a good number of new people.  Welcome to all of you!

Like quite a few other people, I sketched these 2 adorable houses.

Still planning on adding color sometime soon.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Slabtown sketchcrawl

We met in my neighborhood, at New Seasons.  I'd been admiring the two funky old houses on Quimby for a while, and decided that I should sketch them.  Today, before the weather turns bad or they're torn down and redeveloped.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

In the Shade in Portland

 I've been struggling for a long time to make my watercolor sketches have more contrast. It seems to take lots of layers and I don't always have the patience for that. On the bottom sketch, I eventually got out my gray markers and pushed it farther to the dark side.

I know some people have special mixes for the darkest of darks. Do you have any favorite combinations?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hi, Kay and I had a sketch date in front of the Ancient Order of United Workmen Temple on SW2 & Taylor.  This spread was pre textured (by me)  with Liqutex acrylic ink, raw sienna .

Rita I would like to see what you are doing. I will look on Instagram.


another day, another view

I worked more on this sketch from Monday.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Hi everybody,
The Ancient Order of United Workmen Temple on SW 2nd and SW Taylor is in the process of being demolished. I went there today, only the top floor is gone. I think it will be a slow process.  I found a shady place to sit and sketched.

 I thought I did not have my watercolors,but found a small palette of gouache in my bag. So I used dilute gouache and various pens on pre textured paper in my Nostalgia Journal.

A little neighborhood sketch time

I went out this weekend to sketch this beautiful church in my neighborhood. I stayed out there for about an hour and a half before I had to go running for some air conditioning. I managed to get the pencil sketch done and I plan to go back and finish the sketch this weekend.

Washington Bank of Columbia River

Hi, all. I haven't checked in for a while. It's been a year of changes for me, but I am emerging from the distance now. A friend and I made a road day of the Columbia Gorge and stopped at Cascade Locks to bring out our paintboxes. Here is mine of the view across the river from Thunder Island:

Susan in Beavercreek.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Waiting for the eclipse...

I trudged up to Pittock Mansion through Hillside, only getting lost once, and found a crowd already gathered.  I sat down under a tree to wait, and, while waiting, started sketching everyone else, waiting.

I hadn't bothered to get eclipse glasses, planning on going old-school, and let the tree I was sitting under be my pinhole projector, throwing hundreds of images of the sun on the ground.

But the absolute best projections were the ones on the Wildwood Trail as I started down it.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Congregation Beth Israel

Here are my sketches from the sketch crawl at Congregation Beth Israel. I saw lots of good ideas in the sketches yesterday and already I feel like returning to again tackle this voluminous and ornamented structure. It was a delight to sketch and chat with you all yesterday and to peer into your sketchbooks.

Today, outside the PAM, I once again drew the top of the First Congregational Church. Since most is masked by trees, it always looks so doable... and then the challenges arise!