Saturday, March 4, 2023

Sketchcrawl - March 18 at the Japanese American Historical Plaza

It's March, which means it's time for our annual visit to the Waterfront to try to catch the cherry blossoms in bloom at the Japanese American Historical Plaza! 

We'll meet at the Japanese American Historical Plaza at the foot of NW Couch at Naito Parkway. 

If you're looking for a nearby coffee shop, Floyd's Old Town Coffee and Tea is a great spot to grab a coffee or breakfast item on your way to the meet-up location (and to use the restroom!) The Society Hotel, at NW Davis & 3rd, also has a great coffee shop. Also, the Portland Saturday Market should be operating just on the other side of the Burnside Bridge. 
  • 10:00 am - Gather and do intros in the central square of the Japanese American  Historical Plaza (or if its raining, under the awnings at the Oregon State University Building, directly across Naito)
  • 12:00 pm - Gather again at same location for optional sketchbook throwdown
sketch by Deb Rossi, 2015

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Sketchcrawl - Feb 18th at Union Station

sketch by Saussha Flint, 2016

With unpredictable weather ahead in February, let's meet at Union Station to enjoy both indoor and outdoor sketching possibilities. There's plenty of grand architecture indoors, and some covered outdoor spots as well. Coffee and snacks are available at the train station, and if that doesn't suit, Lovejoy Bakers, at Lovejoy & 10th, is a five minute walk away.

  • 10:00 am - Meet at Union Station, 800 NW 6th Ave, in the waiting area, for introductions.
  • 10:30 am - Sketch in or around the train station.
  • 12:00 pm- Meet outside the main entrance for sketchbook sharing

sketch by Vicky Porter, 2016

Sunday, January 8, 2023

January 21 Sketchcrawl - Lloyd Center

We went to the Lloyd Center about a year ago, when it was about to be foreclosed, and, we thought, redeveloped, so we could see it one last time.  But it's still with us!  So let's meet there again, to celebrate things that have come back from the dead.

Kay French, November 2021

Most of the stores are gone, but the skating rink is still operating, with classes still going on.  So there will be kids to sketch, if no shoppers.  Lots of architecture and empty parking garages.  And, if push comes to shove, each other.

There's no longer any place to buy coffee inside Lloyd Center, at least not at 10am.  But there are a few places nearby, on Broadway.  

There'll be plenty of parking in the garages.  And plenty of access through bus, MAX or streetcar nearby.

  • 10am - Meet at the base of the circular stairway, to the west of the skating rink, just inside the entrance that is closest to Holladay Park.
  • Noon - Gather at the same place for an optional throwdown.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

December Sketchcrawl - Pioneer Courthouse Square - December 17

Sketch by Blane Bellerud

This December, let's go back to Pioneer Courthouse Square.

We'll meet in the covered patio behind the Starbucks, which is protected from the rain and has a good view of the square itself.  But, of course, people are welcome to wander through the surrounding blocks to sketch whatever appeals to them.  And if you'd like to stay after sketching, there will be music in the square, starting at noon.

Coffee and food will be available at Starbucks and at the Nordstorm kiosk.  The restrooms in the visitors center might be open.  The ones at Starbucks and the nearby department stores are sure to be available.

10am - meet at tables behind Starbucks for introductions

noon - (optional) sketchbook throwdown, at the same place.

Friday, November 25, 2022

Driven to Sketch

I don’t really believe in New Year’s resolutions, but I do believe we’re all capable of change.

Morning near Astoria.

After managing to create a shop window art installation in early 2021, I burned out on the pandemic and life in general. I stopped drawing. I didn’t want to, but I couldn’t draw for the sake of drawing. Virtual sketchcrawls didn’t speak to me.

The art installation.
As the world started to open up in 2022, I began to draw again in earnest. 

Mt Hood from the south.

When I ventured outside of my pandemic bubble, I found stimulation through travel. Everyplace I went, I wanted to capture the scene, to soak up what was elusive in daily life: new things. The freshness of my surroundings drove me to use my notebook to record as much as I could. I filled multiple pages of sketched goodness each day. I became more bold with the paint. I drew with abandon. My sketches weren’t technical feats, they weren’t masterpieces, but they filled a deep void.

 As 2022, comes to a close, looking over all the things that I drew, I realize that something is missing; I drew mostly on my own. 

In 2023, I’m not making any resolutions, but I’m hoping to do a better job connecting with the sketching community, maybe even encouraging us to expand our bubbles and find new stimulation in sketching and travel, together.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Washington Park / World Forestry Center - Saturday, November 19

Hello everyone!

Given the weather we've been having lately, for our November sketchcrawl we're choosing a location that offers several options for shelter (along with food, and a public restroom) so even if we wake up to a cold and wet day, we should be able to find a comfortable spot.

Sketch at Oregon Zoo by Katura Reynolds
At the Washington Park/Oregon Zoo MAX station we will have these sketching opportunities:

  • Sketch mountain goats in the free area near the entrance of the Oregon Zoo
  • Follow a trail in Hoyt Arboretum
  • Sketch the Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Memorial
  • Pay the World Forestry Center entrance fee and sketch inside (opens at 11am, $5)
  • Pay the Oregon Zoo entrance fee and sketch inside (opens at 9:30am, $24, subject to availability)
  • If you've bought a MAX ticket, sketch from the underground platform
  • Hide out inside the Cascade-to-Go cafeteria at the zoo entrance
Saturday, November 19
10:00 am Meet up in front of the World Forestry Center 
12:00 pm Sketchbook throwdown in the same spot, or wherever we announce at the meetup

There is a public bathroom near the MAX Station, and a cafeteria at the Oregon Zoo that can be accessed without a ticket.

Besides the convenient MAX station, there's also plenty of paid parking.

See you there!

Sketch at Hoyt Arboretum by Bill Sharp

Saturday, October 8, 2022

October SketchCrawl - Ladd's Addition, 10/15

Ladd's Addition is a beautiful place to sketch as the leaves are falling and Halloween decorations are going up. This was a fairly regular sketchcrawl location for us in the early days but we haven't been back in years!

Sketch by Deb Rossi

Sketch by Vicky Porter

Saturday, October 15

10:00am meet in Ladd Circle Park on the side near Palio's 
              (1996 SE Ladd Ave, Portland, OR 97214)
12:00pm back to the circle for the sketchbook throwdown

Note: I highly recommend bringing a camp stool/folding chair for this location.

Restroom options: Palio's if you're willing to make a purchase, or walk 7 minutes south to New Seasons Seven Corners at 20th & Division

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

September SketchCrawl -- Riverplace, September 17

Sketch by Carrie Holst
At our last sketchcrawl I asked participants what they wanted to do next, and discovered there's clear consensus that we can never get enough time along Portland's waterways.

So let's draw boats at Riverplace!

This location offers us coffee, food, restrooms, outdoor seating, and views of the marina. There's a pedestrian walkway along the marina with good views of bridges and the southern prospect of Portland's Waterfront Park.

Sketch by Vicky Porter
Saturday, September 17

10am - Meet at the US Merchant Marine Memorial, 1510 S Harbor Way, at the entrance to the Riverplace Marina Public Dock. See map below. 

12pm - Return to meeting place for sketchbook throwdown.

Food & Drink (& Restrooms)
Just down Riverplace from our meeting location are Little River Cafe, which has restrooms, and Upstream Coffee. There's also a public restroom 5 minutes' walk south near Pajaro.

This is an 8-minute walk from the Streetcar 5th & Market stop, and about 10 minutes from the Yamhill District MAX station. Many buses that cross Hawthorne Bridge will have a stop within 10 minutes of Riverplace.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

August SketchCrawl - Multnomah Village, August 20

Please join us on Saturday, August 20, to sketch at Multnomah Village during the "Multnomah Days" celebration!

This street fair first took place in the 1920s, so it's one of Portland's oldest extant neighborhood street fairs. There will be live music, street performers, food, and vendors. Expect great people sketching with a backdrop of old Portland neighborhood charm.  

Sketch by Deb Rossi

Sketch by Alanna Randall
Parking is expected to be tight so please take public transport if you can (Trimet bus 44), or leave some extra time to find street parking. 

10am - Meet in front of Multnomah Arts Center

12pm - Reconvene at same spot

Sunday, June 26, 2022

July Sketchcrawl - PSU Campus, July 16

From time to time, we've sketched at the farmers' market on the PSU campus, but someone recently requested doing the Walk of the Heroines, which is also on the PSU campus. 

Note that, with the pandemic still on, PSU has closed most of their buildings to non-students.  But the the Fariborz Maseeh Hall, across from the library, will be open for customers of the farmers' market.  Coffee and food will also be available from multiple booths at the farmers' market.

Karl Miller Center at PSU, by Vicky

Saturday, July 16

10:00am: Meet at the Walk of the Heroines.  Probably on the platform at the center.
12:00pm: Sketchbook throwdown at same location