Saturday, July 22, 2017

August 19 Sketch Crawl - Beth Israel

August 19 Sketch Crawl - Congregation Beth Israel

Let's sketch a piece of Portland history - Congregation Beth Israel.  The geometric forms will be a special treat to sketch.

10:00am - Meet at World Cup Coffee, 1740 NW Glisan St., for introductions, coffee, and snacks.
10:30am - Sketch around the Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 NW Flanders St.
12:00noon - OPTIONAL sketchbook sharing and lunch at Mcmenamins Blue Moon Tavern & Grill, 432 NW 21st Ave.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July Sketchcrawl

I eyed Tilikum Bridge for a bit, but ended up walking around to the side of the OHSU building to try my hand at a bit of the messy construction going on next door.
And then, with just a little time left before the throw-down, did a quicky of the sculpture in front of the building.

A Beautiful Day for Sketching at Tilikum Crossing

We had a good turnout for today's sketch crawl, with 19 people, by my count.  There's a lot to draw in this area and the diversity of sketches reflects that. It's always so fun to see the variety of techniques, materials, and viewpoints when we share our sketches. I always get new ideas with the 'throw-down."

Notice Julie's extra tiny palette in the photo above.

Here's my sketch from before lunch...

and a grid of sketches from the afternoon.

Thanks for showing up, everyone!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Yet more storm recovery

When my catalpa fell over in January's snowstorm, it busted a chunk of my sidewalk.  After a months-long delay, the people that I contracted to fix it finally started to work on it.
This was just the first step, breaking up the broken slab and hauling it off, and building forms for pouring the new slab.  Now we have to wait for an inspection before pouring concrete.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The People You Meet

Recently, Deb and I sketched the PSU Native American Center and a couple asked for a photo of us and our sketches. We chatted and Jason told us that China was famous for T'ai Chi, Kung Fu, and calligraphy. He also told me that he could paint shrimp, so of course, I asked him to paint some in my sketchbook. The dagger brush wasn't the best for it, but he made a valiant attempt and we were delighted with the result.

Here's my sketch of the center. It's a really fascinating building with influences of several different tribes. It's tricky to get a view of the whole place, so this is one corner, with a modern totem structure that features our beloved salmon.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lunch time sketching in the square

I'm lucky enough to work downtown and have enough time during my long workday to be able to get out and sketch a bit. Here is my quick pencil sketch of the courthouse (detail). I've been away from my urban sketching for a while so thanks, Andrea, for the unexpected encounter last week...and inviting me back into the group!!! I'm excited to be here!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sketching at Riverplace

A good group of some regulars and some new sketchers assembled at Riverplace to sketch today.
The sun came in and out so on the whole it was a good sketching day with many options for sketching.
I did a warm up sketch looking over the boat marina towards the Hawthorne Bridge and then moved further north to get a closer view of the bridge.

multi colored pencil, graphik pen, kuretake brush pen
 After sharing I decided to stick around and try to catch some of the people movement along this popular walkway. And I may have been channeling Kalina's quick sketch of the scene too.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Get over your fear of drawing people

Our last four classes from Reporting from Portland series will focus on life in the city. We will tackle the exciting subject of visual reportage, learn to draw ordinary people going around their daily life, master sketching crowds, interactions at markets, and street performers. If you always wanted to have more "life" and characters in your sketches but feel intimidated by drawing human subjects, their reactions, their sudden movements, their proportions–these classes are for you.

Drawing people is as exciting as it gets

Here is the schedule and a brief description of each session starting with this coming Saturday:

June 17th from 11:00am to 1:30pm
A Day in the Life of Kenton Neighborhood
Drawing people in the context of their immediate environment, learning to quickly capture the essence of our subject

June 24th 11:00 to 1:30pm
Textures, Colors And Activity At PSU Farmer's Market
Unleashing the power or texture and color to tell the story of a busy urban market

July 8th 11:00 to 1:30pm
Reporting on a Street Fair: Making Sense of Chaos on your Page 
Tackling moving subjects, crowds, and using color and value to bring it all together

July 12th (Wednesday) at 4:15 to 6:45pm
Music In The City–Reporting from “Music on Main” Outdoor Concert
The exhilarating craft of drawing street performers by harnessing the power of rhythm and music to guide our hand.

I am offering a discount for those who want to register for all four classes.
Click here to register or contact me with any questions.

USK 10x10 Reporting from Portland Updates

Some highlights from our two past USK 10x10 Reporting from Portland series. On June 3rd we met for a lesson on drawing structures applying the principles of two point perspective and a step-by-step guide on drawing streets. Then a week later we reunited to draw multilayered panoramas learning the tricks for giving depth and complexity to our sketches.

Trying to stay warm drawing 10th Avenue from the Fields Park
Centennial Mills or whatever remains of it is a perfect spot for two-point perspective
Who says you can't have a view and stay warm and dry too?
Beautiful panoramas
Kay French putting the finishing touches on her sketch

Thursday, June 8, 2017

June 17 Sketch Crawl - South Waterfront

June 17 Sketch Crawl - South Waterfront

Let's sketch some beautiful watery views!  Boats, people, shops, bikes, docks, dogs, geese, trees.


10:00am - Meet outside Upstream Coffee & Eatery, 0315 SW Montgomery St #200, for introductions, coffee, and snacks.
10:30am - Sketch around the waterfront.
12:00noon - OPTIONAL sketchbook sharing and lunch at Upstream Coffee & Eatery again!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Oregon City Municipal Elevator

A quick outing on Saturday with the Portland Meetup watercolor group to the Oregon City Municipal elevator.  My first visit to the elevator. Some nice views from inside and out.  A path follows the ridge and may hold some additional views for future trips.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Update on USK 10x10 Workshops

On Saturday we met at the Union Station for a class on one point perspective as it applies to drawing interior spaces. Jason Roberts did a great demo, and we saw quite a few "light bulbs go off". We meet again in two weeks to learn about two-point perspective and to apply these principles to drawing more complex city scenes. Plus a demo on how to draw modern glass architecture. Join us…

Saturday, May 6, 2017

So proud of my students this morning in the Bike Cataloguing class at Splendid Cycles. They worked really hard and had to deal with a very complicated subject. The result was satisfying–another Portland's story is told in sketches of whimsical bikes. 

If you would like to be a part of the global urban sketching workshop series taking part around Portland this spring and summer check out the details and programming here

May Sketchcrawl - Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Saturday, May 20 - Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
We've sketched at Crystal Springs before and it's well worth the slight added complication of getting us all there from the nearest cafe. I believe the rhododendrons will be at (or just slightly beyond) peak bloom, and there's a lot beyond rhododendrons to draw as well.

Cost: $5 for entry to the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, plus any food or drinks you want to buy at First Cup.
  • 9:30 am: Meet at First Cup Coffeehouse - 4103 SE Woodstock Blvd. Portland Oregon 97202. At 10 am we'll see if those with cars can ferry down those without cars, but if not, it's a 15 minute walk due west on Woodstock then briefly north on 28th to get to the garden.
  • 10:10 am: Meet at Crystal Springs - 5801 SE 28th Ave (between SE Holgate and SE Woodstock), Portland, OR 97202
  • 12:00 pm: We'll gather to share sketchbooks near the entrance to the garden, and optionally head to lunch at Laughing Planet. - 4110 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202.
Map to our meeting location, First Cup Coffee:

Map to Crystal Springs, in case you'd like to rendezvous with us there:

Friday, May 5, 2017

New trees

Another installment on my continuing saga of recovering from this winter's storms.

I planted replacement trees in late April.  And by 'I', I mean Friends of Trees, although I did tag along and help out.

This is a crape myrtle, replacing the 90-year old catalpa that came down in the snowstorm in January.

And this is a persimmon, which replaces the catalpa that the city had me take down.

Monday, May 1, 2017

#usk10x10Portland Vignettes at the Oregon Historic Society

Kitchen implements brought to Oregon by settlers in the 1800's

Display of stuffed beaver, bird and various old Oregon items

Glenn talking about vignettes.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

First 10 x 10 workshop on vignettes at the Oregon Historic Society

The first 10 x 10 workshop on sketching vignettes at the Oregon Historic Society Museum was a total success. Looking forward to 9 more with these and other sketchers. The first three workshops are sold out but there are still spaces in the ones coming up later this spring and summer. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

March for Science / Government Buildings

I got soaked riding downtown to meet with the other sketchers.

After coffee and breakfast we wandered out into the rain.   Which had settled down to, at best, a drizzle.   I hung out in front of the federal building all morning.

I started out doing the sculptures at the entrance while waiting for the March for Science to get started and reach us.


Then a motorcycle cop who was directing traffic out of the way of the march.

And finally, I caught Andrea lost in her own creative process.

March for Science and Government Buildings Sketchcrawl

To mark a new chapter in the Resistance movement I made a new accordion book to take to the March for Science on Earth day, April 22, 2017. 

Every time I would find a good vantage point to sketch rain would start and I would have to scurry for cover. I did spot my favorite Unpresidented Brass Band right away who were tuning and prepping ahead of the march.

Sketching from the top of the of Morrison bridge allowed me to capture the crowd listening to the rally speakers ahead of the march. Congressman Earl Blumenauer addressed the enthusiastic crowd about the dangers of the government who does not believe in facts or science. 

Always a crowd pleaser–a group of Raging Grannies. 

As the rain intensified I found cover in a parking lot on Columbia Ave. that allowed me to see the crowd as they were turning off Naito parkway. I used the same trick during the Women's March in January.  

Most of color had to be finished at home, as I wasted too much time running away from the rain. 

Science March / Government Buildings

A small crew gathered at the Good Earth Cafe, cozy inside while it rained hard outside.

I sketched a few people in the cafe who seemed to be about to march.

Then we all went outside.  The rain let up.  I focused on a view of the Portland Building.  There are a lot of protected views from the awning in front of the Justice Center.

Finally we met up at Rock Bottom Brewery for lunch.  It was another delightful time.