Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Goodbye, Katura!

Last weekend, we had a sketchcrawl at Tabor Bread to wish Katura and her family a happy move to the north. Thank you, Katura, for your time and effort as a blog administrator and for your help with the NW sketchcrawl a few years ago. We'll miss your cheerful outlook, your curiosity, your charming family and of course, your sketches. Your next urban sketching community will be lucky to have you and we know that you will be in good hands. Best wishes to you!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Sketchcrawl on the waterfront.

We'd aimed for peak cherry blossom time, but hit rain instead.  But Jason invited us all to perch in his office where we could be dry and still look out onto the waterfront.

Sketch crawl, pinkish trees

It was a peaceful treat to get to sketch from Jason's office. The blossoms weren't​ quite ready but it was still a lovely view.

The sun is actually coming out right now for a moment.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

another sketch at N. Williams

I had wanted to revisit the area around New Seasons on N Williams that our group sketched in Feburary. But this time I stayed inside because of the unsettled weather (at times sunny, or rainy, or cold).
The sitting area in New Seasons Market has great big windows to allow views of the corners of N Fremont and N Williams.

Graphik pen and watercolor

Graphik pen and watercolor

It was nice to have some sun and to show the shadows in these views. Portland has just been a little too grey lately.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Overlook Park from the Mobile Studio, aka my car

I am not very big on suffering for my art. However Overlook Park has wonderful views even when it's cold and windy. Compromise is to sketch from my "mobile studio". That's the new name for my personal motor vehicle. Just christened this morning.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Sketching Inside; Waiting for Spring Weather

I was at Lan Su Gardens recently, too, but I was too cold to sketch outside. Even the hot tea didn't keep me warmed up for long.  

 Sketching the calligrapher's desk, I resisted the strong desire to go inside and use the materials. If there had been a coal brazier under the desk for keeping the feet warm, the temptation might have been too much.

Kennedy School was plenty warm and even had the smell of woodsmoke.

I'm eager for when it will be warm enough to sketch the lovely gardens at both of these places. 
Come on, Spring!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Spring in the Chinese Garden

It was my birthday today, and I celebrated by buying a senior citizen membership to the Chinese garden.

Spring was in the air.  Literally.  Those little yellow flowers beside the bridge were putting out a powerful scent.  And there was a daphne behind me.  The koi had come out of hiding and were taking their afternoon constitutionals.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Seattle 10 x 10 classes

""I had a great time learning perspective tips from Stephanie Bower in Seattle this past Saturday.
I visited artist friends on Friday and the workshop was conveniently located in King Street Station.
The three hours flew by and Stephanie stayed longer to give us all feedback. I grabbed some lunch nearby and hopped the train home.
She a wonderful instructor and I recommend her workshops!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Upcoming Sketch Events!


It's Cherry Blossom time again Tom McCall Waterfront Park. We may catch the cherry blossoms in full bloom, if we go a week earlier in the month. Blooms or no, we still have Ankeny Fountain, Saturday Market, and Old Town/Chinatown nearby.  Then another cool opportunity at the Lan Su Chinese Garden!
  • 10:00am - Meet at Floyd's Coffee (118 NW Couch St.) for coffee, snacks, and socializing.
  • 10:30am - Sketch along the waterfront around the Japanese American Historical Plaza (near the intersection of Couch and Naito) from 10-noon. 
  • 12:00noon - Optional lunch at Old Town Pizza (226 NW Davis St.) If it's warm and dry enough we can grab food from the Saturday Market, and meet/eat outside by the Japanese American Historical Plaza. 
  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm - Lan Su Classical Chinese Garden: Optional "Meet the Artist" event with our own Janene Walkky!  Kalina will bring a bunch of guest passes for the Garden to share with us. 

Let's send off Katura Reynolds in sketching style.  We already miss our former organizer now that she is moving to Seattle. Many hugs and well-wishing for our darling Katura.
  • 10:00am - Meet at Tabor Bread () for coffee, snacks, and socializing.
  • 10:30am - Sketch at the Mt. Tabor playground. We'll walk over together. We'll sketch the kiddos, the trees, the playground.
  • 12:00noon - Optional lunch and sketchbook sharing.  BYO.

With so many critical things happening politically right now, it is good to know where government functions are, and to sketch them. There are a lot of government buildings clustered around this spot. We will sketch around Lownsdale Square, at SW 3rd and Main, near the Elk Statue.  If there is a protest that day, we can sketch that too.
  • 10:00am - Meet at Good Earth Cafe () for coffee, snacks, and socializing.
  • 10:30am - Sketch government buildings, statues, cars, and possible protesters.
  • 12:00noon - Optional lunch and sketchbook sharing at Gandhi Indian Restaurant (

Saturday, February 18, 2017

N Williams

I met up for coffee and conversation, and then went out to scout out locations.  I ended up flattened against a wall in the courtyard of One North, across the street from New Seasons, and  captured a jumble - one corner of the curvy building, the church across the street from that, and a new apartment building beyond that.  (There was an old house and a rundown trailer around the corner that I couldn't get into the composition.)

Then a quick sketch (I was starting to get cold) of the sign above the building's bike repair station.  Showing the same corner of the curvy building from a different angle.