Tuesday, July 30, 2019

I found some good views of the Steel and Broadway bridges, from the Willamette Greenway Trail.

And in the next section, upstream of the Broadway Bridge, I found a spot where I had a good view of the Steel Bridge.  And of a great blue heron

And at this point, I had a problem.  The McCormick Pier Condos have had problems with homeless people on the trail.  They even tried to close the trail a while back, to keep them out.  The city made them reopen it, so they came up with another solution.  Now you're allowed to walk or run along the river, but you can't stop.  A polite security guard came by to tell me to move along.

Monday, July 22, 2019

My friends house

Today I sat in the driveway and sketched my friends house.
A few days ago I sketched my husband during a  scrabble game.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

August Sketchcrawl: Fremont Bridge and North Portland - Saturday, August 17, 2019

Saturday, August 17, 2019
We are going to N Russel Street under the Fremont Bridge.
by Kalina Wilson
  • 10:00am - Meet at Dawn Patrol Coffee (670 N Russel Street, Portland, OR- Inside the LABrewatory) for coffee, snacks, and introductions. Accessible from Max and bus.
  • 10:30am - Sketch the Fremont Bridge or the surrounding area.
  • 12:00noon - Sketchbook throwdown, location tba.
  • 12:15pm - Optional lunch and sketchbook sharing at the LABrewatory with food from Tomale Boy (670 N Russell Street)

Newport/ Depoe Bay Coast Sketching

Greetings from the Oregon coast..I am thinking of you trying to get in some bridge sketching!  ( and husband sketching).
I am having a bit of a challenge posting from my iPad.... oh well

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Sketchcrawl at Cathedral Park

Getting to St Johns on transit from my house is a bit awkward.  You either take one of the few 15's that goes past Montgomery Park to the end of the line, then get off and wait for 40 minutes for a 16 to pick you up for the rest of the way, or you go the other way and cross the Steel or Morrison bridges, and then transfer to a bus that makes the long trek up into the peninsula.  But I decided to be clever and concocted a direct route without a long layover.  It involved riding an orange bike to the hub outside of Schoolhouse Electric, then crossing the railroad tracks to catch a 16 on Front.

But there was a catch.
 That being a freight train parked on the crossing.  And extending as far as I could see in both directions. I settled in to wait, to see if by chance it would get out of the way before my bus arrived.  And sketched until I heard it go by on the other side of the train.

Then I checked the bus schedule, and decided that taking the bus in an hour wouldn't make me too late, and decided to try the new coffee shop in Schoolhouse Electric.  Had a latte and a croissant and read the Willamette Week from cover to cover.  And, eventually, the train started up and rolled away, and I was able to get to Front and catch my bus.

I'd missed the pre-sketching gathering, so I headed straight down into Cathedral Park and worked my way down the hill until I found a spot in the shade with a good view up at the bridge.
And then headed down to the river, where a stern-wheeler was passing.  I watched it go by downriver, and spied a mysterious ship off in the distance.  So I worked my way along the river to find a better view of it.

Cathedral Park Sketchcrawl

Sunshine, music, friends chatting--prefect sketching conditions at Cathedral Park today for the sketch crawl.  I knew my sketching buddy would sit still for awhile so I took advantage of the situation.

Cathedral Park in St Johns

My addition to our mounthly outing at Cathedral Park.  Good to see some new faces in our group as well the regulars.  Went down along the river and spotted this ship anchored among the old piles.

St Johns Bridge and Cathedral Park

What a great day! It was fun watching the people setting up for the Jazz Festival. I especially liked the beautiful but brief sound check.

Cathedral Park St. Johns

A beautiful day and a beautiful turnout for Urban Sketching at Cathedral Park. I witnessed at least 2 professional photography sessions.

Newport Coast

My sister was visiting and we went to the beach.  I got a sketch in.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Japanese Garden - Bye Cara!

It was fun to sketch in a medium I don't usually use. 

I will miss Cara.  She is always game for any kind of media!

(This is Andrea posting.)

Monday, July 15, 2019

Japanese Garden

Like others, I used a water-soluble Stabillo black pencil. I went into the restroom to add tone with  my water brush.
We had a great time and we will miss you Cara!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Japanese Garden Sketching Send off for Cara

We were only to use pencils, not colored pencils, no water.  I sketched with 3 watersoluble pencils, when I got home I hit a few areas with water to get the darks darker....

Fun time.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Sketchers and a Tree

I walked downtown today to listen to the noon-time music at Pioneer Courthouse Square.  And found clumps of sketchers already there.

I snuck around them after I finished my own sketch, and found that no one was doing the band or the people dancing or listening.  Every single one of them was sketching the buildings surrounding the square.  So it must have been an architectural outing.

Then I set out towards home, stopping at Couch Park to do a sketch of the Empress tree there.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Japanese Garden

One final sketchcrawl for Cara, before she moves to Michigan.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Sketching opportunity July 13

Ten Tiny Dances is scheduled in The Round in Beaverton Saturday July 13 from 10-1 and would be an interesting event to sketch.  Here's the information: https://www.beavertonoregon.gov/1268/Ten-Tiny-Dances.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Sketching Send-Off for Cara - Portland japanese Garden

by Deb Rossi, 11/11/11
Hi Portland Urban Sketchers,

Cara Mitchell is moving to Michigan and she's got the Japanese Garden on her bucket list. Let's give her a proper send-off.

  • Meeting place: lower entry to the garden
  • Meeting date: Sunday, 7/7/2019
  • Meeting time: 2 pm
  • Medium: Graphite Pencil only (no pigments, no ink, no water) - I think you could also sketch with your IPad / Tablet / Phone...
  • Seating options: use their seats only, no stools or easels allowed. No tripods either!
  • Entry fee: $18.95.

This will be a good challenge to practice your standing sketching :)

Stay on the paths, but don't block them :)

See you there!