Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Saturday, July 10, 2021
Let's sketch on NW 13th Ave this month. The city has closed off a number of blocks to car traffic, to allow restaurants to serve people outside. So there should be plenty of people to sketch, along with the interesting architecture of the industrial Pearl.
|Sketch by Gregg 1991|
There are restrooms (I think) in the lobby of Barista's building, and at Starbucks, at 1039 NW Couch St.
We can meet again at noon, somewhere in there, for a throw-down.
And maybe even lunch? Outside, probably, if people are ready for it.
|Sketch by Gregg 2008|
Monday, July 5, 2021
Sunday, June 20, 2021
We had a great turnout - everyone seemed very ready to be out among people and the weather was perfect.
Shoutout to everyone that joined us for their first time this month. A couple people mentioned having gotten interested in sketching during the pandemic year and waiting for the chance to get out and do it in a social context. Several sketchers had favorite artists that I had never heard of, and there was enthusiasm about new supplies that hadn't been tested yet. I'm looking forward to getting to know more of these new Urban Sketchers over the coming months!
Saturday, June 19, 2021
Only our second in-person sketchcrawl since last February, and a bunch of people showed up. Except for the mass vaccination site at the convention center, more people than I've seen in one place in over a year. A lot of old friends, but a lot of new faces too. Some were long-time artists, out to be sociable after a year of isolation, while other were newbies, who'd taken up sketching as a covid project.
Monday, May 17, 2021
10:15am: Meet at rose garden gift shop/restrooms (see map below)
NOTE ABOUT START TIME: I'm starting this crawl 15 minutes later than usual due to limited public transit options in the area; see transit/parking options, below.
Nearest MAX stop would be King's Hill, not the Zoo; from King's Hill it's a ~14 minute walk uphill to the park entrance at SW Park Place; from there continue another 10 minutes uphill or wait for the free shuttle which runs every 15-30 minutes starting at 9:30.
Parking is in demand in Washington Park; there may or may not be spaces available near the Rose Garden.
The Rose Garden is NOT near the zoo, for walking or shuttle ride purposes. I say that for people like myself who tend to underestimated the size of Washington Park!
Unfortunately Trimet Line 63 doesn't start up until 10:25 but you might choose to utilize it on your return trip.
Washington Park Map
TriMet Line 63
Saturday, May 15, 2021
For my first sketch outing in over a year, I knew I needed to use a bold brush to force my drawing hand into decisive action. I started with small cityscapes, went on to the willow tree with basalt... then wound up outside OMSI with a lovely t-rex.
It was a gorgeous day to get out there and be part of the world again.
At long long last, the Portland urban sketchers met in person, there being enough of us fully vaccinated (mostly the old farts, but the youngsters are hot on our heels) to feel safe out in the world.
We met on the esplanade, and, seeing that the Hawthorne Bridge was closed to auto traffic, I took the opportunity of planting my butt on the sidewalk and dangling my feet on the road bed and did a one-point perspective of the bridge, taking care not to drop a pen or pencil through the mesh and into the drink.
And then switched to my tablet and did a study of the trunk of a gnarly old willow by the fire station.