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! 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

PSU Farmers Market

This probably doesn't look like a sketch by me. At the PSU Farmers Market I ran into Amy. I admired her sketch and asked the familiar question: "What pen did you use?" Of course, I'm always looking for the magic pen, but I knew if wasn't the brush pen that she used. I have never mastered that. Still, I stole the idea of using some dark darks and added the contrast with a marker. That's why it doesn't look like a sketch by me.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Cinco de Mayo Festival

It was a beautiful day. The Cinco de Mayo Festival was very overwhelming. I found a shaded area near a big tree and lots of games and infront of the Kamikaze.
It was so noisy, but I sketched away.   

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Cinco de Mayo Festival sketching

What a challenge!
I met with Ellie, Ali, and Lauren from Corvallis to tackle the crowds and activities down at the waterfront today.
It was a little overwhelming but also colorful and exciting...... so many choices to sketch. However I chose to pick my sketch views based on the criteria of wanting to be in the shade.

This shady alley of fun games came with the cries of the Carneys and an occasional pop of a balloon or clang against at metal backdrop when the target was missed. Saw a few people take home some prizes though.

 When we gathered to share our sketches Lauren commented that I had not put any people in the above sketch.....oh, how easy it is to out me!
So, after a hearty Mexican lunch I attacked another carnival view with a few 'sketchy' people!

Another view of the carnival activity.....with people. Hardly representative of the crowds however.

A nice day to sketch with some of our regular sketchers and to meet Lauren.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Scavenger Hunt Tally

And the winner is.... Andrea.

She was the only person (unless I missed some postings) to have completed all 15 sketches.


Others came close though.  Ellie and Kay both did 13 sketches.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Scavenger hunt, American Inn

Squeezed this one in while the sun was setting.

Urban Sketching Workshop on Perspective with Jason Roberts on May 11

The next Urban Sketching workshop “Let’s Put It in Perspective: How to Accurately Represent Structures in Space” is on May 11 at 10:00am. If you ready to tackle architecture and street scenes in your sketches but feel intimidated by perspective this workshop is for you. If you already draw a lot of structures but despite your best intentions the result is a bit wonky this workshop is for you. If you need a refresher ahead of summer travel and sketching outdoors this workshop is for you. Jason Roberts, an architect by training and a long time urban sketcher will lead you through the series of steps to whip your architectural drawings into shape. We still have a couple of spots open. To register https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-sketching-workshops-2019-tickets-54554917226#tickets

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Sellwood Bridge

This was actually the first time I'd seen the new bridge.  I started out on the east side, but couldn't find a good vantage point.  So I crossed the bridge and did this from the ped/bike ramp on the west side.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Scavenger Hunt #10_ Ink drawing no pencil

I often use ink without pencil.. Here are a few that I have not posted.
I think the only thing left is the Art at a Max Station!

Scavenger Hunt #15_American Inn

What I beautiful day! I drove to  The American Inn Condominiums 2129 NW Northrop.
 It was a challenge getting the building onto the page.....
I took a photo of the history that was posted by the front door, printed it, and collaged it onto my spread.

Lilacs_Scavenger Hunt, # 11 Light media on a dark background (and a spring blossom)

Good thing I did another spring blossom. light media on a dark ground.    
I will count this as a #11 List media on a dark ground.
This was done in my arches text wove hand bound (by me) book.  
The blank spread was textures with a variety (do not remember exactly) of FW ink and Golden Fluid Acrylic. Gouache (the white absorbed into the paper... needing many layers), Aquacolor crayons (weird and rubbery), Colored pencils, WC pencils and a little watercolor.


Scavenger Hunt #13 and #14 - Art at a MAX Stop, Dog at a Dog Park

The first one is an elaborate bench at the Mississippi Max stop.  I am looking at it from above.  The sun was setting to my left while I waited for the Max last night.  This bench has intricate designs inspired by nature.

This morning I went out not sure how many dogs I'd see at 7:30am at Arbor Lodge Park.  There were actually quite a few there.  This is all the same dog - he was having a blast catching a ball.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Scavenger Hunt

I'm not in the running for the most Scavenger Hunt posts, but I do want to show my participation. I'm going to try to finish this abbreviated list in the next 7 days.

Benson Bubbler


I often sketch without pencil first and I'm pretty sure these housetops were done like that.

Well, this is the Hollywood Library sign as seen from the attached coffee shop.

This is not a Scavenger Hunt item. It's my sketch from our chilly, but very fun sketch crawl last Saturday.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Scavenger Hunt #3 & #11 Spring Blossoms /light media on a dark background

I thought I would do a combination of two items on our list: Spring blossoms #3 and light media on a dark background #11.
This is a handbook sketchbook (not watercolor paper). I pre-textured the spread with Golden Fluid Acrylic paint. The sketch was done with gouache. These flowers are from my yard.

I did add more dark in places.... and used a bit of watercolor

 I will count this one as #3 Spring Blossoms. See my posting Lilac for #11 light media on a dark ground

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Joining the Seattle Urban Sketchers

I had a great trip up to Seattle for the weekend, including an outing with the Seattle Urban Sketchers. The group was warm and welcoming.  I enjoyed seeing Gail, Tina, and Frank again.  I enjoyed meeting Jane Dillon Wingfield.  Stories about Seattle architectural history and city politics were flowing.

We sketched the Show Box Theater outside the Pike Place Market.

Then a few of us got cold and went inside the Storybook Coffee House.

The previous night, I went on my own to Seattle University.  Here is the result of that peaceful sketching session: