Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pioneer Courthouse Square

I had a meeting downtown, and decided, seeing how it wasn't raining, to do another sketch of the tree, now standing upright and all lit up.

And completely and utterly surrounded by tents.  I hadn't taken into account that there was an ale festival going on.

One North

A bit of a brand-new office building in N Portland, next to New Seasons.

The courtyard is a public space.  It might be an interesting place to revisit, once it warms up a bit.

My two Foundry sketches from our last outing.  The first one was an experiment with Brusho powdered watercolor.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Took myself out to lunch and a sketch at Laurelwood.

3rd Saturday Sketch Crawl, December 17 - GOOSE HOLLOW

Saturday, December 17, Goose Hollow Sketch Crawl

We talked about going to the Oregon Rail Heritage Center - BUT - it doesn't open until 1pm.  In the interest of keeping our sketch crawls predictable, let's go to Goose Hollow's Fehrenbacher Hof & Goose Hollow Inn instead.  Hey, we haven't been there yet this year and it's like a second home to me, so cozy in winter and the people that work there are so nice and friendly.

10:00am -  Meet at Fehrenbacher Hof for snacks, coffee, and introductions.

10:30am - Sketch inside or out - nice old homes, view of Vista Bridge.

12:0pm - OPTIONAL- Meet at Goose Hollow Inn, 1927 SW Jefferson St, for lunch and sketchbook sharing.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Foundry

Wow, so many sketches of the big green machine!  I was fascinated by the scale of the machine and the overhead cranes.  I quickly drew a bunch of thumbnail sketches walking around the space in my tiny sketchbook.
I was glad to see this before it's transformed into The Redd, a really exciting project.

The Foundry

I'll throw another sketch into the mix of the giant green press at the old foundry. Turned out to be a great day of sketching with the group and a wonderful opportunity to sketch something a little out of the ordinary.   Ink sketch with markers.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Machinery Up Close

The once clanging, booming foundry was silent as sketchers concentrated on capturing the relics of the building's industrial past in their sketchbooks.  I focused on the interesting shadows of the machinery.
I used diluted grey ink in a water brush, with a little red watercolor for the signage.
Afterwards, our soft voices discussed the various sketches in the cavernous building.  I think the huge space and massive machinery made us feel small yet not intimidated.  It was a peaceful, fun time with friends.

Old Foundry and two Green Dragons

Had a great time on Saturday, November 12 sketching the ghosts of Portland's industrial past with a lovely group of Portland sketchers. The cavernous space of the Old Foundry features a giant centerpiece –an enormous green punch press.

Lunch at the Green Dragon pub–the name that perfectly captured the morning seemed really apropos. Great job Andrea and Greg for putting this together.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sketchcrawl in the Foundry

I started out with the big green machine.

And then, putting off the supreme struggle of getting myself up off the floor, did a clump of the other sketchers.

And then walked around to unkink my legs.  And found another view of the big green machine, behind a wall and through a window.

And then one more sketch in the pub, while we were waiting for lunch to arrive.

Sketchers in the Foundry

I drew some of my fellow sketchers before I tackled the giant press.

Drawing in the Old Foundry

What an amazing space. This is when I really appreciate belonging to this group. How else would I have wound up there drawing an industrial site that is in transition from a working foundry to a very different retail space.

Thanks so much.

another look at sketching the old foundry

The place was an awesome, wonderful space. So many views of things to sketch it was hard to choose. However that big piece of punch press machinery was very hard to resist.

watercolor and ink

watercolor and ink

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Old foundry building

Beautiful light. Good turnout. Impressive machinery. Peace, silence, serenity.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Christmas is coming!

Headed downtown to see this year's tree arrive.  I got to Pioneer Courthouse Square ahead of time and found a seat, then did a sketch while waiting.

When the tree arrived it was an event, accompanied by a marching band and motorcycle cops, on an 18-wheeler with Santa riding shotgun.  And a second 18-wheeler piled high with extra branches.

I had to sketch quickly, as it only took them about 10-15 minutes to get the thing unhitched and hanging upright.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Some recent sketches- taking advantage of the good days.

Trying to take advantage of our random good weather days I struck out as often as I could to try to capture some fall color and interesting views around Portland town.

looking across W Burnside toward Providence Park Stadium -watercolor and ink

Portland Art Museum- watercolor and ink

Pittock Mansion- watercolor and ink

The Fields Park- watercolor and ink

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

How to calm your nerves on Election Day.

Sketch! These are three lovely old houses in our ever changing neighborhood on N.Williams.
It was a stunning day and trying to focus on sketching helped a bit!

Saturday, November 5, 2016


Friday was a beautiful autumn day so I wasn't too upset when I missed my bus.
I had about a half hour wait and found a nice bench across from the old U.S. Bank.
I decided to focus on some of the many architectural details which I became lost in.
I added washes at home. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


It's always a challenge for me to paint our gorgeous, colorful trees....

so sometimes, I just go back to black and white.