Thursday, April 23, 2020

The cat, Gish, is sitting on the first quilt that my younger daughter made.
9.5" x 12", Colored pencil, about 3 hours. I had to take a photo, as the cat wouldn't pose very long. Liberties were taken to simplify the quilt pattern.
I'm a beginning sketcher, and this is my first post. Many thanks to Ali Corbin for helping me get this posted!


Virtual Sketchcrawl with Continuous Line - Saturday, May 2, 2020

Our regular sketchcrawls are once a month, but why not sketch together more often while we're sketching from home?

Please join us for our second virtual sketchcrawl on Saturday, May 2!

Since we're still limited to sketching in and around our homes, this time we invite sketchers to try a sketching challenge, to get us looking at familiar surroundings in a new way.  We'll be experimenting with a "continuous line" style of contour drawing, as is demonstrated here by Portland Urban Sketcher Andrea Matthews.

As always, this challenge is optional, and you can be as strict or as loose as you like. Your participation is welcome whether you choose to sketch this way or not -- just make sure to work from life and to include contextual information, so it stays in the realm of "urban sketching"!

For some inspiration, here's Marc Taro Holmes' tutorial on single line sketching  and a Sketchbook Skool studyhall video.

We will start at 10am.  At noon, which is when we would normally be meeting up for lunch to share sketchbooks, we'd love to see your sketches online in whichever forum feels comfortable for you:

(1) posting to this blog
(2) emailing to our mailing list
(3) posting in our Facebook group

See you there!

Saturday, April 18, 2020

sketching together/apart

What an awesome turnout for this Saturday's sketchcrawl! You are all the greatest.

I have posted this on the Portland Sketchers and the so please excuse the redundancy.

I intended to go to my apartment's backyard but at 10:00 it was still drizzling and I couldn't find a dry place so, I had to move inside.
These two views are from my 2nd floor window. Some of you have done very well in putting the mullions and window structure to frame your window views but I choose to ignore all that (artist privilege ?).

Thanks for participation!!!

Sketching together apart

(Sorry if this is redundant, tried to post through email reply and I can’t see that it worked.) 

I’ve missed so many Sketchcrawls since I’m usually with my family on the weekends.
Now there was no excuse today. Thanks for making a sketching together apart opportunity. Here is a view of my kitchen. I spend half of my waking hours here now that we are all sheltering in. How fun to see where you all “live.”


USK Portland Sketching Together Apart!

I went out on my back porch a bit later than 10, but not too much and I might have drawn until a bit later than noon.
I wondered if anybody else would really be drawing at the same time. Imagine my delight to open our blog to see that others had joined me!  Well I believe I am just a bit teary eyed. Thank you my fellow sketchers!!

Sketching at home together

It was so nice to get this invite. What a great idea!
Hope everyone stays well, stay safe.

Sketching together apart

Sketching at my kitchen nook.  I hope to see you all in person soon!

Sketching at home, together

Our regular monthly sketchcrawl, all done separately.

This is the view from my bedroom window.  The new dogwood, now dressed in a watering bag, is leaving out nicely. Behind that, the remnant of my neighbor's camellia is blooming like anything.  I'm hoping that it survives.

And here is Aramis, my 22-year-old, sleeping with his stuffed rabbit.

And Pippin, the 'kitten', who just turned 11.

It is nice to draw with you, even if we are not together. I sat in my husband's mediation space.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

The forest and the trees

Took a walk in Mt Tabor where everyone was very considerate about social distancing. I tucked myself into some trees and had a lovely time.

Friday, April 10, 2020

April 18th Sketchcrawl Together Apart!

Dear Sketchers,

On Saturday, April 18th, between 10:00am and noon, let's all draw together even though we will be apart.

We can draw in our own homes and neighborhoods and then post them to the group. Let us see your kitchens and basements. We all know that rooms that are too tidy don't make interesting drawings so you don't even have to clean up.  Or show us your back yards, driveways, the cars on your street, people walking by, your pets or your neighbors pets that keep getting into your yard!

We draw the world around us, we draw on location and if that's your house that's okay with us.

If you draw individual objects, plants, animals or people please include the some of the environment around it. We love to see the context surrounding your main focus. It gives your drawing that sense of place that drives the spirit of Urban Sketching.

You may feel comfortable doing a Walk and Draw in your neighborhood, with proper social distancing of course. If you do, try drawing a grid on your sketch page or working in a very small sketchbook. Then pause on your walk for a very short time and do a speed sketch before you continue your walk and pause again.

Look, here's Jason Roberts sketching his backyard.

Whatever you do we want you to keep drawing and continue to share them with us. So I am looking forward to seeing all the drawings we create while sketching apart on April 18th.

Be well and get drawing!
The Portland Urban Sketchers

Thursday, April 9, 2020

SAHJ new entries

There is a woman in my neighborhood that is giving away bouquets of flowers from her yard. I made the top picture as a gift to pay her back for the kindness.
The tree is a redo from the urban sketchers sketch hunt last year of the Heritage Tree in my neighborhood. Please enjoy.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

SAHJ: Thinking about Food

I realized that I've been thinking a lot about how little I used to think about food. Now I search for Pasta like I'm Indiana Jones. So today I drew a clementine to really look at something I've always taken for granted.

Friday, April 3, 2020

More carpenters

Half the city is shut down, but workers are still coming round to work on my neighbor's house.  For which she's extremely grateful, hoping to be able to get back into it soon.

New Stuck at Home Journal Entries:

Well, wrapping up my my second week stuck at home and here are some of my observations. Hope everyone else is doing well.