Friday, July 19, 2019

Japanese Garden - Bye Cara!

It was fun to sketch in a medium I don't usually use. 

I will miss Cara.  She is always game for any kind of media!

(This is Andrea posting.)

Monday, July 15, 2019

Japanese Garden

Like others, I used a water-soluble Stabillo black pencil. I went into the restroom to add tone with  my water brush.
We had a great time and we will miss you Cara!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Japanese Garden Sketching Send off for Cara

We were only to use pencils, not colored pencils, no water.  I sketched with 3 watersoluble pencils, when I got home I hit a few areas with water to get the darks darker....

Fun time.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Sketchers and a Tree

I walked downtown today to listen to the noon-time music at Pioneer Courthouse Square.  And found clumps of sketchers already there.

I snuck around them after I finished my own sketch, and found that no one was doing the band or the people dancing or listening.  Every single one of them was sketching the buildings surrounding the square.  So it must have been an architectural outing.

Then I set out towards home, stopping at Couch Park to do a sketch of the Empress tree there.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Japanese Garden

One final sketchcrawl for Cara, before she moves to Michigan.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Sketching opportunity July 13

Ten Tiny Dances is scheduled in The Round in Beaverton Saturday July 13 from 10-1 and would be an interesting event to sketch.  Here's the information:

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Sketching Send-Off for Cara - Portland japanese Garden

by Deb Rossi, 11/11/11
Hi Portland Urban Sketchers,

Cara Mitchell is moving to Michigan and she's got the Japanese Garden on her bucket list. Let's give her a proper send-off.

  • Meeting place: lower entry to the garden
  • Meeting date: Sunday, 7/7/2019
  • Meeting time: 2 pm
  • Medium: Graphite Pencil only (no pigments, no ink, no water) - I think you could also sketch with your IPad / Tablet / Phone...
  • Seating options: use their seats only, no stools or easels allowed. No tripods either!
  • Entry fee: $18.95.

This will be a good challenge to practice your standing sketching :)

Stay on the paths, but don't block them :)

See you there!


Monday, June 17, 2019

July 20 2019 Sketchcrawl: St Johns Bridge Cathedral Park

Saturday, July 20: South Waterfront Sketchcrawl

To continue our bridge theme for 2019, let's return Cathedral Park and the St Johns Bridge. There is also the Jazz Festival in the afternoon if you want to claim a spot early and stay

This area is easily reached by MAX and bus.  Street parking may be hard to find, so we recommend using public transit.

10:00am - Anna Bananas 8716 N. Lombard 
10:30am - Sketch around Cathedral Park.
12:00 noon - Sketchbook throwndown at Cathedral Park
OPTIONAL sketchbook sharing and lunch at The Sudra 8777N Lombard, vegan Indian.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Yet More Bridges

I joined up with yesterday's sketchcrawl at Reed College.  I started out by heading down to Reed Lake and sketching the bridge from underneath, to get a workout in doing curvy things in perspective.

Then I went on a stroll around the lake, stopping once to do a study of a tree trunk.
I couldn't stay for lunch, but had to run to Union Station. But before my train left I had time for a quick sketch of the pedestrian bridge behind the station.

And then, this afternoon, I had a little bit of time to spare at King Street Station in Seattle.  I wanted to do its pedestrian bridge, but couldn't find a good view of it, so I strolled around the stadium complex.  And found a section of the Alaska Way Viaduct still standing.  With a marvelous little wedge of a historical (unreinforced masonary) building in front of it.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Reed College and Canyon

It was an overcast and slightly chilly morning. The campus is beautiful but locked up tight. Google said the library was open on Saturday, but was also unaware of summer hours so there was a bit of a bathroom snafu. I discovered there are port-a-potties in the Rhododendron Garden parking lot but in the end someone discovered some bathrooms in the lower level of the library that were unlocked. Whew!

Some people went into the canyon while others focused on the buildings.

 A few of us gathered at Gigantic Brewery. The brewery has artists design all their labels for them. They also encourage their patrons to embellish the blank 'G' on the back of their coasters. Glen, Cara, Travis Monica, and I complied. If they like them they put them up on their wall around the window at the bar. I'll go back to check to see if we made the cut.

London Plane Tree on Reed Campus

We had a fun meet-up on the Reed College campus, which holds many memories for me since I grew up nearby and spent many childhood hours exploring the campus and nature preserve.  Today, I was taken with this old London Plane tree that stretches out it limbs in front of the library.  I was about halfway done with my sketch when we met for the throw-down, but went back afterwards and finished up.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Greetings from Lake Michigan

I am doing some serious relaxing with my friend in  South Haven, Michigan on the shore of Lake Michigan.  Strange to be at a lake that looks like an ocean without crashing waves nor whales...
Mostly visiting, taking walks, cooking and eating. Not much sketching.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

JUNE 2019 Sketchcrawl: Reed Canyon and Reed College Campus

  Saturday, June 15: Reed Canyon and Reed College Campus

To continue our bridge theme for 2019, let's go to a new venue. Reed Canyon, a naturalized area on the Reed College Campus.

This area is easily reached by Tri-Met bus. Parking is available by entering the Main Entrance on SE Woodstock Blvd. Travel to the first circle and take a right to the East Parking area. 

10:00am - Meet at The Gray Campus Center on the Quad (see Campus Map) Coffee may be available or not, if caffeine is required it may be best to bring your own.
10:30am - Sketch around Reed Canyon and environs.
12:00 noon - Sketchbook throwndown at the Quad
OPTIONAL sketchbook sharing and lunch at Gigantic Brewery, 5224 SE 26th Ave. Portland OR

Next Month: St. Johns Bridge and Cathedral Park

Map showing Reed College

Reed Campus Map

Monday, May 20, 2019

Tilikum Crossing and a Seattle Sketcher

While Ali was in Seattle and ran into sketchers, we had a Seattle sketcher in our midst on Saturday. Seattle Urban Sketcher, Kay Tyllia was in Portland for the Aim at Melanoma walk that was in the same vicinity as our sketchcrawl.  Here is a photo of Kay and another of her sketch.

KayTyllia, Seattle Sketcher

Kay Tyllia's bridge sketch

I had a lovely time Saturday morning, but I did a lot of things besides sketching.  I skipped lunch in order to finish adding the watercolor to my sketch. That's Mike on the left, who spent the whole time standing and sketching!

I squeezed in a visit to the Skin Care Conference and got some good tips and free samples of sunscreen. I also got this bag that I think is perfect for a sketcher with a Draw2C blog.

Thanks everyone, for another fun time sketching and chatting and enjoying the morning together!

PDX/urbansketchers May sketchcrawl at Tillicum Crossing.

So good to see many new and regular sketchers show up for our monthly sketchcrawl. The weather cooperated and we had good temps and no rain...the wind did pick up a bit and cause a few fluttering of sketch book pages but like all good sketchers we persevered.

Here is a group shot of sketchers and their sketches.

These were my two contributions to the day

As you can see I was fascinated with this big grey building that looked to me like it was out of a Star Wars film...ready to walk off among us!
And only a modicum of a bow to a bridge....this Ross Island in the background.

Sunday, May 19, 2019


I was in Seattle over the weekend, and decided to do a quick browse of the U-District Street-Fair on the way to the train station.  And stumbled upon a sketchcrawl.  That I hadn't noticed on the calendar when I made my travel plans.
I stuck around long enough to sketch one of the other sketchers, and then walked down along Lake Union, stopping to do a sketch of the Aurora Bridge behind Gasworks Park.
And then I had to hustle to get downtown in time to make my train.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

May 18 2019 Melanoma Symposium at the south waterfront

After I said hi to everyone, I went back in for more talks. I had more fun sketching than taking notes. So I went with it. I am afraid none of my notes are complete... Oh well

While waiting for the bus home, I noticed the fellow sitting next to me was sketching. He might join us some Saturday. We got on the same bus and did some fast sketching....

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Cinco de Mayo and the train

What a great day of sketching! Thanks for making me feel so welcome Deb, Ellie, and Ali. Because I rode the bus/train up from Albany, I decided to capture the story of my whole day. I used different tools and techniques and my secondary goal was to fill my accordion sketchbook. Here are some excerpts:


Then, after sketching at a bar (Bailey’s Taproom), I got on the 6pm train to head south, and that’s when the fun began. I not only filled both sides of my sketchbook, but filled in both sides of a second book I had with me. I call it ‘take a line for a walk’. It’s speed sketching at it’s best. And I’m not typically a fast sketcher.

I added color at home.I had completely worn out my hands while sketching. A great day and will take the train again!