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

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:

Cherry Blossoms and People Sketching

Our March sketchcrawl was too early for the cherry blossoms, but we had impromptu outings the following two weekends and I finally got these sketches done.

Since I'm a bit behind in posting, I'll also include the next topic that got me out sketching...#oneweek100people2019. I made it to... maybe 17? But it had been a long time since I'd gotten the sketchbook out on the bus so it was still worthwhile.

May 2019 Sketchcrawl: South Waterfront Bridge Views

Saturday, May 18: South Waterfront Sketchcrawl

Sketch by Vicky Porter
To continue our bridge theme for 2019, let's return to the South Waterfront area! We should get good views of the Marquam Bridge, Ross Island Bridge, and, of course, Tilikum Crossing. 

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

10:00am - Meet at Starbucks, 2730 SW Moody Ave, Portland, OR 97201
10:30am - Sketch around Tilikum Crossing.
12:00 noon - Sketchbook throwndown outside Starbucks/Elephants
OPTIONAL sketchbook sharing and lunch at Cha Cha Cha, 3135 SW Moody Ave.

Next Month: St. Johns Bridge and Cathedral Park

Scavenger Hunt #13 Someone Drinking Coffee

East Bank Hawthorne Bridge Sketchcrawl

As always, it was wonderful to go out sketching with Urban Sketchers Portland.  Got chilled to the bone.  

Saturday, April 20, 2019

East Bank and the Hawthorne Bridge

It was a little overcast and chilly but an otherwise beautiful day on the Eastbank Esplanade with another great turnout of enthusiastic sketchers. I was comfortable sitting on some rocks near the Fire Station, at least at the beginning. It seemed to get colder rather than warmer as time went by and we were all shivering by the end.

Hawthorne Bridge from the Esplanade

Actually, four bridges: the Hawthorne, the Marquam, the Tilikum and the Ross Island, all in a row.  Done from the dock below the fire station.

Then I walked back up to the bank and found a good view of Big Pink, framed between two trees.

Kay had given me a brush/stylus.  That worked pretty well for doing the tree bark.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Scavenger Hunt: Heritage Tree #327

Heritage Tree #327 Mt Fuji Flowering Cherry (Prunus X "Shirotae" ) is not far from my house.   I sat on the curb to sketch (wanted to be ready to get up if I needed to).  I was welcomed first by the neighbor, then her  two adorable 3 and 5 year old girls. Then Nina the home owner, abstract artist  asked me if I would like a chair or pillow.  Very nice experience.

Sketching Willamette Falls from the McLoughlin Promenade

We took the public elevator that goes to the top of the bluff in Oregon City.  Along the bluff, a beautiful park, the McLaughlin Promenade, overlooks Willamette Falls and a huge complex of abandoned industrial buildings that sit below the falls.  Native maple and oak trees cling to the bluff, among massive basalt boulders.  It's a perfect place for sketching and picnicking on s sunny spring day.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Scavenger hunt #10 and #11

Here's my local library, local to my office anyway.

And here's a quick Benson Bubbler sketch. It did take more than a minute to add a little color and shading after the MAX started moving.

A few more CAT sketching....

 The CATs are very complex and a good sketching opportunity a block away.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Scavenger hunt #9 a face from above

 I was sitting on an upper seat in the number 35 bus. She was sitting below me.

Friday, April 12, 2019

#One week 100 People

and a few more people

... from Harmony Night at Friendly House

For a whopping total of 31.  (Not counting the dog at pub trivia)

A few more people

...from the old time music jam at the hostel.

Scavenger Hunt: Construction

They started construction of the six story, 85 unit, 17 parking space monstrosity at NE 51st and NE Sandy on  a half a block a street and a half from my house. We are not happy about that, but it is a sketching opportunity.   I sat across NE Sandy on a ledge in front of Basics Market.

One week 100 people

#OneWeek100People2019 day 5

I reached 100 yesterday at Beeswing, but did a few more at happyhour last night and a few more today.  I am exhausted, but had a good engagement with the challenge.
 Construction is starting down the street.... another sketching opportunity...

Thursday, April 11, 2019

A few more people

Done at pub trivia, in between questions.

#OneWeek100People day 4 Beeswing Cafe

April 11, Day 4
I invited Kay to sketch with Peggy Smith and I at Beeswing Cafe.  Sketched for about an hour before coffee/breakfast with my NECC water aerobics (The Pool of Love).   Made to 100!

#OneWeek100People 2019 Day 3 April 10. Scrabble opportunity.

My husband and I played scrabble last night. I kept score and sketched as we played.... He is very tolerant.

Scavenger hunt #8? And #oneweek100people2019

This is light media on a darkish background for the scanner hunt, plus a few more people for the 100 people challenge. I liked how lovey dovey this couple was.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


It's so exciting to see all the people!

Here's a few I did last night at a Design Week Portland event called "The Ecosystem of Affordable Housing."

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Some People

Some at a lecture at PSU.....

And then at a concert at the hostel cafe...

Scavenger Hunt

Here are a few Sketches from  the Hollywood Library. One is two people in conversation>

 I never knew about Benson Bubblers. The is one close to where I live on NE 42 and Hancock:

Have you tried Joule, a healthy yummy place to eat 4615 NE Sandy.  I had a Mango Lassi. (yup, I spelled it incorrectly in my sketch).   I sketched my Prunus serula on a previous day.