Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Portland Nursery Setchcrawl

Thought I might join on the bandwagon to post sketches from our latest...and might I say, largest turnout! Someone mentioned that we had 35 people show up for this event. Amazing.

It was also an awesome day....sun, and wonderful shadows, as evidenced in these two sketches.

Not sure what this machine was initially for...perhaps heat? Anyway it was displaying a proper holiday spirit!

Fall color was awesome on this plant in a pot.

 I took the opportunity to do another quick sketch while waiting for our sketcbook share.

A few people had to leave early and were not there at the time of our share.
Would love to see those and others from that sparkling day at Portland Nursery! Please Post.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sketchcrawl at Portland Nursery

We scheduled our November sketchcrawl at the Portland Nursery on Division because they have a heated greenhouse there.  And we wanted a warm, dry refuge from the winter weather.

Well, this winter day was sunny and mild, if a bit windy.

I had to leave early, but I managed a couple of sketches, one of a statue inside the shade pavilion, and another of a jumble of pots stacked outside.

(While I was working on this one, a man wandered by and told me that I was cheating, because I was using a tablet.)

Portland Nursery on Division

What a beautiful day!!!

DECEMBER 15, 2018 Sketch Crawl - BG Food Cartel

DECEMBER 15, 2018 Sketch Crawl - BG Food Cartel

Image Credit: BG's Food Cartel at the Round
The BG Food Cartel is Beaverton's largest food cart pod.  Let's go check it out and sketch it!  The MAX stop is Beaverton Central.
  • 10:00am - Meet under the tents (4250 SW Rose Biggi Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005) for introductions, coffee, and snacks.
  • 10:30am - Sketch the carts.
  • 12:00noon - Sketchbook Throwdown at a cart location TBD.  
  • 12:15pm - Optional lunch and sketchbook sharing at the food cart pod.  We'll figure out the exact lunch destination when we get there. 

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Portland Urban Sketchers Administrator Team  hereby declares 2019 to be THE YEAR OF THE BRIDGE.  Every month we will sketch a different bridge - views from it or views of it.  Here are some of the bridges we would enjoy sketching.
  • Tilikum
  • Hawthorne
  • Sellwood
  • Marquam
  • Steel
  • Darlene Hooley
  • Fremont
  • Union Station Pedestrian
  • Ross Island
  • Broadway
  • Vista 
  • Morrison
  • St Johns
We need your help to identify bridges that are worthy of our sketching attention!  Please send us any bridges you would like to sketch. 

In January, we will kick off THE YEAR OF THE BRIDGE from OHSU.  There is the Darlene Hooley Pedestrian Bridge and the VA Skybridge, plus views of the Marquam Bridge.  And, it is a warm interior space for January.  More information will follow. 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Thank You for the Fantastic Year of 10x10 Workshops in Portland

Last Saturday we wrapped up the last 10x10 workshop of 2018. This year in Portland over 50 sketchers and 4 instructors participated; 2 students received scholarships; and we are sending a portion of the proceeds ($1091) to Urban sketchers organization to help improve educational programming around the world. This year we have covered a lot of territory. First we addressed our fears and obstacles head on, held three workshops on perspective, learned to draw crowds at the Pride parade, and looked at ways to tell stories in our drawings, and much more. Thank you to all of you who participated and made this such a successful year!
We will kick things off in March of 2019 with “Introduction to Urban Sketching”–a free fundamentals workshop where we invite complete beginners as well as artists from other fields who are curious about urban sketching to attend. Please join us and invite your friends too. Urban Sketching will change your life! Registration to this and other workshops coming in 2019 will be announced soon.
Happy Sketching!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

November 17, 2018 Sketch Crawl - Portland Nursery Greenhouse on Division

NOVEMBER 17, 2018, Sketch Crawl - Portland Nursery Greenhouse

We have a great opportunity to sketch at the Portland Nursery.  They have a greenhouse with cacti and tropical plants - sounds great on a fall day! Our pre- and post-sketching will have an Asian theme.

Special Instructions from the Portland Nursery:

1. Please do not disturb or interfere with customers.
2. If you are going by car, please use the East parking lot (gravel lot), instead of the one out front.
3. If you are biking, there is a bike rack on the west side.
4. If you are going by public transit, Trimet bus and MAX have nearby stops.

  • 10:00am - Meet at Gary's Bakery and Bistro (8615 SE Division St # 101, Portland, OR 97266) for introductions, coffee, and snacks.
  • 10:30am - Walk over to the Portland Nursery Greenhouse at 9000 SE Division.
  • 12:00noon - Sketchbook Throwdown at the Portland Nursery Greenhouse.  
  • 12:15pm - Optional lunch and sketchbook sharing at Wong's King (8733 SE Division St #101, Portland, OR 97266)