Friday, December 7, 2018

Oregon Historical Society- sketching visit

On this past cold and windy day in Portland I decided to visit the Oregon Historical Society. I had heard that there was a display of SantaLand items and thought that might be interesting.

Now, I am immigrant from the east coast, so I was not familiar with what Santaland was. It turns out that for many years the Meier and Frank company had this animated holiday  display...at one time it took up a whole floor of the downtown store. Over the years it was compressed to smaller spaces and eventually disbanded.

The display that I saw was pretty small. A volunteer there said that mostly it was due to the extremely poor condition of most of the items when the historical society took possession of them.
What I saw was the Santa chair, Rudolf, tree, wreath, and three elves. The sort of train thing behind the elves is supposed to be a model of a monorail that had been part of the original Meier and Frank display.

I originally worked this up in pen but was dissatisfied with the black and grey tones so decided to do it up in Gouache when I got home.

I walked around a bit at the other displays and settled on this other display to sketch.


And just to round out this report of my sketching day is my beginning sketch done from the Behind the Museum Cafe....a view out the window.

 


Monday, December 3, 2018

Staver Steamup

I made it for a bit of the day this year.  I had a prior commitment in the afternoon, so I had to go in the morning, just after they'd opened and could only stay an hour.

I started out by sketching some of the stationary trains, not being quick enough to do the ones running around the tracks.

By the time I was finished with that more families had arrived, so I did one quick sketch of a couple of kids playing with wooden toy trains.