Saturday, May 18, 2019

May 18 2019 Melanoma Symposium at the south waterfront

After I said hi to everyone, I went back in for more talks. I had more fun sketching than taking notes. So I went with it. I am afraid none of my notes are complete... Oh well

While waiting for the bus home, I noticed the fellow sitting next to me was sketching. He might join us some Saturday. We got on the same bus and did some fast sketching....

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Cinco de Mayo and the train

What a great day of sketching! Thanks for making me feel so welcome Deb, Ellie, and Ali. Because I rode the bus/train up from Albany, I decided to capture the story of my whole day. I used different tools and techniques and my secondary goal was to fill my accordion sketchbook. Here are some excerpts:


Then, after sketching at a bar (Bailey’s Taproom), I got on the 6pm train to head south, and that’s when the fun began. I not only filled both sides of my sketchbook, but filled in both sides of a second book I had with me. I call it ‘take a line for a walk’. It’s speed sketching at it’s best. And I’m not typically a fast sketcher.

I added color at home.I had completely worn out my hands while sketching. A great day and will take the train again! 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

PSU Farmers Market

This probably doesn't look like a sketch by me. At the PSU Farmers Market I ran into Amy. I admired her sketch and asked the familiar question: "What pen did you use?" Of course, I'm always looking for the magic pen, but I knew if wasn't the brush pen that she used. I have never mastered that. Still, I stole the idea of using some dark darks and added the contrast with a marker. That's why it doesn't look like a sketch by me.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Cinco de Mayo Festival

It was a beautiful day. The Cinco de Mayo Festival was very overwhelming. I found a shaded area near a big tree and lots of games and infront of the Kamikaze.
It was so noisy, but I sketched away.   

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Cinco de Mayo Festival sketching

What a challenge!
I met with Ellie, Ali, and Lauren from Corvallis to tackle the crowds and activities down at the waterfront today.
It was a little overwhelming but also colorful and exciting...... so many choices to sketch. However I chose to pick my sketch views based on the criteria of wanting to be in the shade.

This shady alley of fun games came with the cries of the Carneys and an occasional pop of a balloon or clang against at metal backdrop when the target was missed. Saw a few people take home some prizes though.

 When we gathered to share our sketches Lauren commented that I had not put any people in the above sketch.....oh, how easy it is to out me!
So, after a hearty Mexican lunch I attacked another carnival view with a few 'sketchy' people!

Another view of the carnival activity.....with people. Hardly representative of the crowds however.

A nice day to sketch with some of our regular sketchers and to meet Lauren.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Scavenger Hunt Tally

And the winner is.... Andrea.

She was the only person (unless I missed some postings) to have completed all 15 sketches.

Others came close though.  Ellie and Kay both did 13 sketches.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Scavenger hunt, American Inn

Squeezed this one in while the sun was setting.

Urban Sketching Workshop on Perspective with Jason Roberts on May 11

The next Urban Sketching workshop “Let’s Put It in Perspective: How to Accurately Represent Structures in Space” is on May 11 at 10:00am. If you ready to tackle architecture and street scenes in your sketches but feel intimidated by perspective this workshop is for you. If you already draw a lot of structures but despite your best intentions the result is a bit wonky this workshop is for you. If you need a refresher ahead of summer travel and sketching outdoors this workshop is for you. Jason Roberts, an architect by training and a long time urban sketcher will lead you through the series of steps to whip your architectural drawings into shape. We still have a couple of spots open. To register

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Sellwood Bridge

This was actually the first time I'd seen the new bridge.  I started out on the east side, but couldn't find a good vantage point.  So I crossed the bridge and did this from the ped/bike ramp on the west side.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Scavenger Hunt #10_ Ink drawing no pencil

I often use ink without pencil.. Here are a few that I have not posted.
I think the only thing left is the Art at a Max Station!

Scavenger Hunt #15_American Inn

What I beautiful day! I drove to  The American Inn Condominiums 2129 NW Northrop.
 It was a challenge getting the building onto the page.....
I took a photo of the history that was posted by the front door, printed it, and collaged it onto my spread.

Lilacs_Scavenger Hunt, # 11 Light media on a dark background (and a spring blossom)

Good thing I did another spring blossom. light media on a dark ground.    
I will count this as a #11 List media on a dark ground.
This was done in my arches text wove hand bound (by me) book.  
The blank spread was textures with a variety (do not remember exactly) of FW ink and Golden Fluid Acrylic. Gouache (the white absorbed into the paper... needing many layers), Aquacolor crayons (weird and rubbery), Colored pencils, WC pencils and a little watercolor.


Scavenger Hunt #13 and #14 - Art at a MAX Stop, Dog at a Dog Park

The first one is an elaborate bench at the Mississippi Max stop.  I am looking at it from above.  The sun was setting to my left while I waited for the Max last night.  This bench has intricate designs inspired by nature.

This morning I went out not sure how many dogs I'd see at 7:30am at Arbor Lodge Park.  There were actually quite a few there.  This is all the same dog - he was having a blast catching a ball.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Scavenger Hunt

I'm not in the running for the most Scavenger Hunt posts, but I do want to show my participation. I'm going to try to finish this abbreviated list in the next 7 days.

Benson Bubbler


I often sketch without pencil first and I'm pretty sure these housetops were done like that.

Well, this is the Hollywood Library sign as seen from the attached coffee shop.

This is not a Scavenger Hunt item. It's my sketch from our chilly, but very fun sketch crawl last Saturday.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Scavenger Hunt #3 & #11 Spring Blossoms /light media on a dark background

I thought I would do a combination of two items on our list: Spring blossoms #3 and light media on a dark background #11.
This is a handbook sketchbook (not watercolor paper). I pre-textured the spread with Golden Fluid Acrylic paint. The sketch was done with gouache. These flowers are from my yard.

I did add more dark in places.... and used a bit of watercolor

 I will count this one as #3 Spring Blossoms. See my posting Lilac for #11 light media on a dark ground

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Joining the Seattle Urban Sketchers

I had a great trip up to Seattle for the weekend, including an outing with the Seattle Urban Sketchers. The group was warm and welcoming.  I enjoyed seeing Gail, Tina, and Frank again.  I enjoyed meeting Jane Dillon Wingfield.  Stories about Seattle architectural history and city politics were flowing.

We sketched the Show Box Theater outside the Pike Place Market.

Then a few of us got cold and went inside the Storybook Coffee House.

The previous night, I went on my own to Seattle University.  Here is the result of that peaceful sketching session:

Cherry Blossoms and People Sketching

Our March sketchcrawl was too early for the cherry blossoms, but we had impromptu outings the following two weekends and I finally got these sketches done.

Since I'm a bit behind in posting, I'll also include the next topic that got me out sketching...#oneweek100people2019. I made it to... maybe 17? But it had been a long time since I'd gotten the sketchbook out on the bus so it was still worthwhile.

May 2019 Sketchcrawl: South Waterfront Bridge Views

Saturday, May 18: South Waterfront Sketchcrawl

Sketch by Vicky Porter
To continue our bridge theme for 2019, let's return to the South Waterfront area! We should get good views of the Marquam Bridge, Ross Island Bridge, and, of course, Tilikum Crossing. 

This area is easily reached by MAX Orange line and Streetcar.  Street parking may be hard to find, so we recommend using public transit.

10:00am - Meet at Starbucks, 2730 SW Moody Ave, Portland, OR 97201
10:30am - Sketch around Tilikum Crossing.
12:00 noon - Sketchbook throwndown outside Starbucks/Elephants
OPTIONAL sketchbook sharing and lunch at Cha Cha Cha, 3135 SW Moody Ave.

Next Month: St. Johns Bridge and Cathedral Park

Scavenger Hunt #13 Someone Drinking Coffee

East Bank Hawthorne Bridge Sketchcrawl

As always, it was wonderful to go out sketching with Urban Sketchers Portland.  Got chilled to the bone.  

Saturday, April 20, 2019

East Bank and the Hawthorne Bridge

It was a little overcast and chilly but an otherwise beautiful day on the Eastbank Esplanade with another great turnout of enthusiastic sketchers. I was comfortable sitting on some rocks near the Fire Station, at least at the beginning. It seemed to get colder rather than warmer as time went by and we were all shivering by the end.

Hawthorne Bridge from the Esplanade

Actually, four bridges: the Hawthorne, the Marquam, the Tilikum and the Ross Island, all in a row.  Done from the dock below the fire station.

Then I walked back up to the bank and found a good view of Big Pink, framed between two trees.

Kay had given me a brush/stylus.  That worked pretty well for doing the tree bark.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Scavenger Hunt: Heritage Tree #327

Heritage Tree #327 Mt Fuji Flowering Cherry (Prunus X "Shirotae" ) is not far from my house.   I sat on the curb to sketch (wanted to be ready to get up if I needed to).  I was welcomed first by the neighbor, then her  two adorable 3 and 5 year old girls. Then Nina the home owner, abstract artist  asked me if I would like a chair or pillow.  Very nice experience.