Sunday, April 25, 2021

May 2021 SketchCrawl - Eastside Esplanade, Saturday, May 15, 2021

Ready to return to on-site sketching?  We're planning our first non-virtual sketchcrawl since February 2020!

We recommend join this sketchcrawl only if you will be fully vaccinated and don't consider yourself high risk. Please wear a mask and be prepared to keep up social distance.

If you need to stay vigilant at home -- you are welcome to continue to participate virtually! 

Sketchcrawl/Pedalpalooza - Portland from Eastside Esplanade
Saturday, May 15
10am-12pm (No group lunch this time)
Vera Katz Eastside Esplanade

Meet in the open area just south of the bronze Vera Katz statue.  We will gather again at noon, and try to do a sketchbook throwdown in an orderly and distanced manner. If we get rain, there is shelter under the bridge and overpasses with good views still available.

SketchCrawl - Eastside Esplanade

Parking is available right next to our location on SE Main ($3 an hour or $9 for the day) or a couple blocks south at OMSI ($5, pay inside based on parking space number). Bus lines 2, 6, and 14 stop at Hawthorne Bridge and it's a ~7 minute walk.

If needed, bathrooms are available inside OMSI; as you approach the ticket desk, they are down the corridor to the left/east.  Be prepared - OMSI can be a bit crowded both outside and inside so it will be difficult to maintain social distance.

Looking forward to seeing everyone's faces again -- at least the upper half!

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Virtual Sketchcrawl- Just Three

Seems that I may have a tendancy to choose limited materials anyway having found a least these two examples.
In the top image I am using a pen with black ink, a waterbrush with Noodlers Lexington Grey ink (watered down a bit), and another water brush with Noodlers Apache Sunset ink. This is a view of the neighboring house through the broad crotch of the Catalpa tree. In the other (same view, but of the whole scene) I used the pen with black ink, waterbrush with Noodlers Lexington Grey ink (as in the other sketch), and a pen with Noodlers Kiowa Pecan ink.

Just Three

It's spring and I thought that those endearing and pesky robins who wake me up at dawn would be the perfect thing to sketch with just three colors. Black for their wings and outline, a dash of orange, and green as the background for the lawns where they hunt worms.

But when my sketchbook came out, they suddenly became elusive, or were at the top of the trees. It wasn't fun to sketch a speck. Next, I moved on to my neighbor's house, but their Victorian just looked flat with three colors.

While sitting in a local park, I noticed a sunbather on a hillside of grass blocking out a confusing background. I made a quick sketch and splashed on some green watercolor. Messy it is, but I think it captures the moment of inspiration.

-Bruce



Sunday, April 4, 2021

Easter Morning

My next-door neighbor used to have a camellia tree at the corner of her house, that towered over her roof line, splendid with red blossoms.

When the oak tree fell it smashed most of the plant.  It survived, but in a truncated (sorry) state, ending up as a sturdy shrub.


This spring, after a year of rest, it put out a single bud, a single blossom.  I'm taking that as a portent of hope and rebirth.


Monday, March 8, 2021

Virtual Sketchcrawwl #15- Sketching with only three things

Virtual Sketchcrawl #15 Please join us for our fifteenth virtual sketchcrawl on Saturday, April 17th
This sketchcrawl was first brought to my attention through a January 17th fb post by Pat Southern- Pearce. It had been a uskTalks challenge. This second season of uskTalks is well worth looking into if you haven't tuned in yet. I have been viewing them on YouTube as I am not always available when they are live.

In Vicky Porter's sketch above, she has used black ink, a grey was and white gel pen. The paper whether toned or white is a given. In my sketch, in the header, I used black ink, grey wash and a watersoluble sepia ink.

Other options are open; perhaps choosing three colors, or combining marker with pencil and a color wash.

Please post on the morning of April 17th, 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.)

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