Friday, November 30, 2012


I was inspired by Andrea's beautiful line drawings to use mostly line when I sketched at the art museum today. I bypassed the Body Beautiful exhibit and sketched in the Native American wing, where it was pretty peaceful and quiet, even with the Friday field trips. The sketches are of clay sculptures by Glenn La'Fontaine.  I added the color at home.

The next sketches are leftovers from our sketchcrawl at Stumptown Annex. The first I drew from the window, looking out at Jane, who was more adventurous than I was on that rainy day. 

And the last was done at Sunnyside Piazza, in one of the happiest neighborhoods in Portland.
 I painted on site, but went over the pencil lines and colors at home, in the comfort of my dry house.


  1. I think you have a gift for line drawings--these are great--very expressive in their simplicity!

  2. Thank you so much, Janene. It's so nice to hear from you! I hope you'll be able to join a sketchcrawl again. Maybe we should visit a place with plants for you to draw your wonderful botanicals.

  3. I agree with Janene...those line drawings (as you call them) are powerful and beautiful! The simple use of color intensifies the impact too.
    Glad you posted the outing on Belmont. It is always interesting to see other sketchers views and what we each select to draw. Esp. like the bright colors you have used in the Sunnyside Piazza....a bit of wishful?

  4. Wow! Thank you so much, Deb. I guess all drawings are lines--but some of us use more than others, or (in your case) add some beautiful shading.

  5. The Native American sketches are outstanding. My favorite is the first one , Eagle Plume. I love the simplicity of your line work.