Showing posts with label Janene Walkky. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Janene Walkky. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Another Water Tower

 What is so special about water towers?  I don't know but I am glad that there was one outside the waiting room window...just waiting to be sketched. 


Saturday, January 25, 2014


Another great day of sketching with the PDX Urban Sketchers!  We met on a busy day at the convention center, with several simultaneous events drawing crowds. I found a quiet spot on a balcony where I had a great view of this fierce figurehead on the huge dragon boat that dangles from the ceiling.  It's always good to meet up with my sketchy buddies, particularly on World-wide Sketchcrawl Day when groups are meeting on the same day to sketch all around the world!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Salmon Springs Crawl

We had a good turnout on Saturday despite the chilly weather.  A lot of people were walking in the area, so we had ample people-sketching opportunities, although understandably no one ventured into the fountain for a dip!  I couldn't decide whether to focus on the bridge, the fountain or the street light so got a bit of all of them in this sketch.  Besides, just a slice of the complex Hawthorne Bridge seems less daunting!  I sketched the other half at a sketchcawl a few years ago, so do I get credit for the whole thing? 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

View from OHSU


One of the things I enjoy about sketching with others is seeing all of the different interpretations of the same space or scene. It expands and enriches my own understanding. This is my rendition of the same view that Kalina sketched, as we sat looking out the window. Different sketching styles, materials and sketchbook format really change-up the end results!

It felt good to re-join the group after a long hiatus, and I hope to become 'a regular' once again!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

OHSU Views

We met at the same cafe once before, but ended up staying in the area of the South Waterfront instead of taking the intended ride up the aerial tram to Oregon Health & Science University.  This time a group of us made it all the way up and the views were certainly worth the wobbly ride. We had our work cut out for us, but the sketchers were up to the task.

Here's long-absent sketcher Janene finally returned to the fold, and camped out for a lovely view of the river and Portland's east side...


I made this sketch while seated next to Janene. The great bridge/overpass shape was hard to resist.


When I went searching for a new scene I passed a few of my fellow sketchers hard at work...


Finally I chose a spot in the skybridge (as shown in Katura's post). The resulting sketch looks weirdly abstract, due to the strange shape of the building that houses the aerial tram dock.


OHSU was full of great views, but it was also a surreal place to spend time.  Once as I sat there touching up watercolors, a woman walking by exclaimed loudly to her friend, "I'm so glad my mother didn't die!"  There were doctors walking briskly through the halls in their scrubs and patients with crutches making clattering sounds as they passed. Of course, this is a place where lives are saved... and lost.  I felt grateful today to be visiting simply as a sketcher.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Aladdin Theater

I met up with our local urban sketching group for coffee then sketching, then for lunch at the Twilight Cafe, when we chatted and passed around our sketch books. The rain clouds threatened but withheld their store, and the sun even peeped out for a few minutes that day! It felt great to sketch outside for a change especially since I had such good company.

I sketched this familiar landmark in SE Portland. The sign has a certain charm for me, although I don't think I have ever been inside the theater. I see from their website that the theater has gone through several big changes through the years, from a vaudeville house in the 20's to specializing in family movies in the 50's, then to X-rated movies in the 70's and 80's. In 1993 it was renovated and started a new life as a venue for live music, as it continues now. I'll have to check out the inside sometime.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Lovejoy Bakery

The steady drizzle today couldn't keep the Portland Urban Sketchers down. We met in a bakery in the Pearl district, then dispersed to sketch, gathering later at a pub for lunch. At least some of us dispersed...the bakery was warm and dry, with free refills on coffee, so why get wet? I spent a cozy morning gazing out the window, sketchbook and pen in hand.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Cast Stone Building Ornament

On our sketchcrawl at the Architectural Heritage Center I found someone to sketch who was guaranteed not to fidget or become embarrassed at my staring. She sat patiently while I studied her to my heart's content. I've been working mostly in pen and ink and watercolor recently, but graphite is hard to beat for a satisfying values study.

I had a most enjoyable time with my fellow sketchers today not only sketching but drinking tea and chatting while passing our sketchbooks around.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Hollywood Theater


Hollywood Theater, originally uploaded by jswalkky.
This historic theater seems like a very glamorous but faded movie star who has fallen on hard times. I remember going there for the first time to see the futuristic movie, 2001, A Space Odyssey, in 1968. The interior was every bit as ornate as the exterior and I felt transported into a different world just by walking inside. The theater was built in 1926.

Our local Urban Sketcher group spent the morning sketching in the area, then we had lunch and passed around our sketchbooks. I had a marvelous time!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Skidmore Fountain

I am starting to feel right at home sketching at the Skidmore Fountain, as I have ended up there several times with sketching groups this summer. Each time I have a stronger urge to try it again. Also, I never tire of seeing the different interpretations of the area by various sketchers.

This is my most recent attempt. I painted the fountain on the spot, then did the background and the foreground figure in my studio. I rarely finish a sketch in one sitting, but then I enjoy taking my time, so I guess that's okay.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Esther Short Park


Our sketching group met at a coffee shop then spread out to sketch in and around this park in Vancouver, WA. The clock/bell tower chimes on the hour and makes quite an iconic statement at the entrance.



















I found the gazebo quite difficult to sketch because of the odd angles, but it is a pretty little structure.  The Victorian house in the background is the Slocum House and sits in one corner of the park.  My husband and I have enjoyed community theater productions here on several occasions.  The parlor is used as the foyer, and the dining room has been enlarged to accommodate a low stage and seating for about fifty.  When the audience sits so close to a performance, it makes it a more personal experience for everyone.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

White Eagle Saloon


White Eagle Saloon, originally uploaded by jswalkky.
This old tavern, built in 1905, is in the industrial part of town and has quite a checkered past.  It is two blocks from a huge rail yard, and used to be frequented by very tough characters indeed but is now owned by McMenamins and has been beautifully restored.  We spent a fun morning sketching the building, then headed inside to pass around our sketch books and get a bite to eat. Portland, OR, USA

Monday, May 17, 2010

World-wide Sketchcrawl


Our Portland sketchcrawl group had a beautiful sunny day for the Worldwide Sketchcrawl on Saturday.  We had twelve people participating--the most ever!  I sat with several others on the pedestrian/bike path on the Morrison bridge and did this sketch of downtown.  I started getting a serious sunburn and could only stay for part of the day anyway, so after getting a start on my sketch, I took a photo and finished it later.  My goal at future sketchcrawls is to take more of a 'quick sketch' approach but I did have fun with the interesting facades of these historic buildings surrounded by modern 'boxes'.

In the photo, Kalina, Alanna and Deb are sketching away.  It was a very fun day and the participants were most enjoyable to sketch with!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sketchcrawl on the Esplanade

We spent the afternoon sketching along the Esplanade that runs alongside the east bank of the Willamette River.  This area used to be entirely industrial except for the freeway, but was set aside for a park and riverbank restoration about 20 years ago.  Now it is a walking and bike riding trail with great views of Portland's bridges.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The View from the Bluff

I walk along the bluff overlooking the Willamette River several times a week, and this is one of my favorite views. I particularly enjoy it in late afternoon when the sunlight skims over the top of the distant hills and lights up the promontory. Right now the new grass makes the hillside a glowing lime green. Across the river is an industrial area, and on this side ships dock on Swan Island, although it is not really an island. I stopped to do this sketch in my little 3" x 5" moleskine on one of my recent walks.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Coffee Shops and Parks

Two things Portland has plenty of are parks and coffee shops.  These are recent sketches I've done in each category.  We had our last sketch crawl near Jamison Park, which is in the middle of a busy section of downtown and surrounded by tall buildings.  On nice days it is always filled with families and groups of friends enjoying the outdoors--children climb on a series of boulders, adults play bocci on an expanse of gravel, older folks watch all the activity on chairs that are provided for the public. It's a very user friendly, pleasant space.
I did this last sketch at the Concordia Coffee shop, which has a Dr. Who theme. The coffee shop was suitably funky and even had a Tardis (my husband, the erstwhile Dr Who aficionado, explained that it is a time machine disguised as a British police call box).  We had a nice relaxing time sketching and reading, and I was grateful that a student was engrossed enough in her studies to sit still while a sketched her.  I think she suspected that something fishy was going on though.