Sunday, February 21, 2021

Virtual Sketchcrawl #14 - Reflections

Please join us for our fourteenth virtual sketchcrawl on Saturday, March 20th.

Let's sketch sometime that shows a reflection.  Any media, ahead of time or on the morning of the 20th.

Sketch by Peggy Smith

Please post on the morning of March 20th, by:

(1) posting to this blog

(2) emailing to our mailing list, or

(3) posting in our Facebook group

As always, this challenge is optional, and you can be as strict to the subject or as loose as you like. Your participation is welcome whether you choose this challenge or not-- just make sure to work from life and to include contextual information, so it stays in the realm of urban sketching!

And Peggy has again graciously offered to host a zoom meetup that afternoon.  (Login details will follow on the mailing list, closer to the date.)

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Virtual Sketchcrawl #13 - Light

Done during the Portland Winter Light [non]Festival (on its first weekend, the one before the snow and ice).  This is Twinkle Trees, on Northrup.  Which was the installation closest to me.



Monday, January 18, 2021

Virtual Sketchcrawl #13 - Light

Please join us for our thirteenth virtual sketchcrawl on Saturday, February 20th.

The Portland Winter Light Festival (https://www.pdxwlf.com/) is going to happen again this year, distributed across the city and on two separate weekends in February, to make keeping apart easier.  Because we all need a ray of light in the depth of winter.

So, let's sketch 'Light', whatever that means to you.  Any media, day or night, ahead of time on on the morning of the 20th.

Cherry Trees on the Waterfront
by Kay French

Please post on the morning of Feb 20th, by:

(1) posting to this blog

(2) emailing to our mailing list, or

(3) posting in our Facebook group

As always, this challenge is optional, and you can be as strict to the subject or as loose as you like. Your participation is welcome whether you choose this challenge or not-- just make sure to work from life and to include contextual information, so it stays in the realm of urban sketching!


And Peggy has again graciously offered to host a zoom meetup that afternoon.  (Login details will follow on the mailing list, closer to the date.)


Saturday, January 16, 2021

Virtual Sketchcrawl #12 - Winter - Empress Tree

I'd been thinking of sketching my own catalpa, because winter exposes its true nature, with branches chaotically strewing themselves every which way.  But from my windows on the first floor I can only really see its massive trunk, which doesn't change through the seasons.

So, when I realized that it wasn't going to be raining this morning, I decided to bundle up and walk to the MLC school grounds to do their empress tree instead.


Virtual Sketchcrawl #12 - Winter

 These two sketches (done over the last couple of weeks) are of a huge Catalpa Tree (trunk diameter is approx 3' at waist height) that I see outside of my bedroom window. The room is on the second floor so my view is slightly from above and looking at the neighbors interesting Victorian house.

I used my Pentel pocket Brush, Waterbrush with Noodlers Lexington Grey ink diluted with water, a Fude fountain pen with water soluble black ink, and some white gouache.

Looking out of northwest window

Looking out of the north window

 


Sunday, December 27, 2020

Virtual Sketchcrawl #12 - Winter

Please join us for our twelfth virtual sketchcrawl on Saturday, January 16th.

This month, let's sketch a winter scene.  Maybe a bleak gray landscape, maybe a cheery fire - whatever winter means to you.  And if you'd like, let's this once put the pigments away and do it in black and white.

Sketch by Kay French, from the Fehrenbacher Hoff

If you decide on sketching an outdoor scene, then feel free to sketch any time between now and the 16th, to find agreeable weather.  In any case, please post on the 16th, by:

(1) posting to this blog

(2) emailing to our mailing list, or

(3) posting in our Facebook group

As always, this challenge is optional, and you can be as strict to the subject or as loose as you like. Your participation is welcome whether you choose this challenge or not-- just make sure to work from life and to include contextual information, so it stays in the realm of urban sketching!


PS. Is there interest in getting together virtually on the afternoon of the 16th?

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Retro Tuesday - Tree dressed up for the holidays when I was, like, 4.

I've been doing a lot of painting from photographs lately.  The rain, the cold, and I've painted so many inside things that I don't feel like painting those anymore.  So maybe this doesn't count for urban sketching, but I did pick this photo because of the theme.  Fun times!  Thank you for organizing! - Andrea Matthews



Saturday, December 19, 2020

Virtual sketchcrawl - Trees dressed up for the holidays

I did this one last Saturday, in an unexpected sunbreak.  


It's a tree in my neighbor's front yard, which he dolled up something special for the season.  I stood on his parking strip, and we had a long-distance conversation between the street and his porch.  (And then he waited patiently until I'd finished, so he could come out and rake up his leaves.)

While I was there a hummingbird - a male Anna's - came to investigate the tree, probing every single ornament, in hopes it was a flower or a feeder.  And then flew away in a huff.

Then, this morning I braved the iffy weather, dodging both rain and other people, and walked down to Pioneer Courthouse Square to sketch the tree. 

I haven't been downtown in ages.  The number of empty storefronts is scary.  And these colorful circles are painted in the square and on the surrounding sidewalks.  I assume that they're social distancing markers.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Virtual Sketchcrawl #11 - trees decorated for the holidays

Please join us for our eleventh virtual sketchcrawl on Saturday, December 19th.

This month, let's sketch trees and shrubs that are dressed up for the holidays.  Possibly the big tree in Pioneer Courthouse Square, or maybe whatever's been decorated in our own neighborhoods.  Even the tree standing up in our own living room.

Sketch by Ellie at Pioneer Courthouse Square

And this month, we'll try something a little different.  In the interests of avoiding both crowds and rain, we can do the sketches anytime between now and December 19th, indoors or out, day or (brrr!) night, and post on the morning of the 19th, by:

(1) posting to this blog

(2) emailing to our mailing list

(3) posting in our Facebook group


As always, this challenge is optional, and you can be as strict to the subject or as loose as you like. Your participation is welcome whether you choose this challenge or not-- just make sure to work from life and to include contextual information, so it stays in the realm of urban sketching!

There will be an optional zoom get-together at 1pm on the 19th, to share sketches, or to just see each others' faces again.  To forestall zoombombing, the details will be posted in this group's mailing list.

See you soon!

Friday, November 27, 2020

Blue Friday

While some folks might have been out walking off their turkey dinner, I took my little rowboat and sketchbook out to Swan Island and enjoyed a surprisingly warm morning. No gloves needed to hold the pen!

There is so much to see and sketch there, from a guy making chainsaw art on the beach, to industrial architecture, to the dry docks raising massive ships out of the water (pictured below).