Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Reminder: Saturday's Sketch Crawl


Hello!  This is a reminder about this Saturday's sketch crawl.

Also, I wanted to let you know about a relevant exhibit at the Oregon Jewish Museum called "Herman Brookman, Visualizing The Sacred". There are 40 drawings by architect Herman Brookman, the designer of Congregation Beth Israel. The Oregon Jewish Museum (724 NW Davis Street) is not too far from Congregation Beth Israel.

August 19 Sketch Crawl - Congregation Beth Israel

Let's sketch a piece of Portland history - Congregation Beth Israel.  The geometric forms will be a special treat to sketch.

Schedule:
10:00am - Meet at World Cup Coffee, 1740 NW Glisan St., for introductions, coffee, and snacks.
10:30am - Sketch around the Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 NW Flanders St.
12:00noon - OPTIONAL sketchbook sharing and lunch at Mcmenamins Blue Moon Tavern & Grill, 432 NW 21st Ave.
1:30pm - OPTIONAL visit to the Oregon Jewish Museum (724 NW Davis Street, http://www.ojmche.org) to see the architect's drawings.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Storm recovery - final chapter




The newly poured sidewalk passed the city's inspection.  So, over the weekend, a worker came by to break apart the forms and cart off the debris, along with all of the yellow tape and orange cones.

After he'd left I reinstalled the watering bag and filled it up.  (I'd spent a month watering the tree with a leaky bucket, to keep the workmen from tripping over, or puncturing, the bag.)  The crepe myrtle seems to have survived the upheaval.











And on the other side, the persimmon is fat and happy.  As in, it's got fruit.  One blossom fell off, but I've got four little green persimmons growing.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Glad I made it to the Union Station Sketch Crawl. Glad I figured out how to post!!!!

Bridges are Portland

The last couple of sketchcrawls in Portland have been located around bridges....and we love our bridges here in Portland!

The Tillicum Bridge is Portland's newest; dedicated to pedestrian, bike and public transportation only. It is a beautiful modern bridge and much admired by us all. On this day though I was interested in some of the new architecture and sculpture that has sprung up on the west-side.



watercolor, rainbow pencil, Kuretake brush pen

watercolor with Kuretake brush pen

watercolor, Kuretake brush pen, white acrylic One4all pen

Finally I turned to the bridge...the sun had highlighted some of its cables to a brilliant white. I wish I was able to do it justice but it is a challenging subject. I suspect that I will try again however....!

watercolor on Moleskine with white acrylic One4all pen

Our latest sketchcrawl was in solidarity with our Portland sketchers who are at the the USK Chicago Symposium. A small but determined group of Portland sketchers gathered at Union Station to sketch the pedestrian bridge there.

watercolor and Kuretake brush pen

watercolor on Moleskine sketchbook

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Union Station

An impromptu outing, in honor of the symposium going on in Chicago.






Union Station from the other side of the pedestrian bridge, and the bridge itself.





Inside the station, a woman deeply engrossed in writing.  (She didn't board the train to Seattle that everyone else got on.  I hope she was taking a later train.)






And finally, Big Pink, on the other side of yet another construction site.














Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Symposium Week - Extreme West Edition - This Saturday!

As I write, some of the Portland sketchers are making their way to Chicago to attend the 8th Urban Sketchers Symposium, and many of the rest of us are watching from afar as early arrivals start posting their work on social media. They're going to have a grand time this week and weekend! We'll enjoy seeing their reports.

For those of us that can't attend the symposium this year, let's have a grand time here in Portland as well. Portland is connected to Chicago by Amtrak's Empire Builder train line -- 45 hours to Chicago from Union Station -- so in support of our friends in Chicago and Chicago's role as a central hub of train travel in the U.S., we'll gather at Portland's Union Station and sketch views of the Portland skyline and the rail lines.

(I know the attendees of our recent 10x10 Workshops may have sketched here recently, but there's much to see in this area and there will be no running out of great views.)

Saturday, July 29
 
10:00 am - Meet at Union Station, 800 NW 6th Ave, in the waiting area, for introductions. 

10:30 am - Sketch in or around the train station - some of us will be focusing on views from the nearby pedestrian bridge.

12:00 pm- Meet outside the main entrance for sketchbook sharing, then optional walk to nearby Ecotrust building (NW 10th & Johnson) for lunch.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

August 19 Sketch Crawl - Beth Israel

August 19 Sketch Crawl - Congregation Beth Israel

Let's sketch a piece of Portland history - Congregation Beth Israel.  The geometric forms will be a special treat to sketch.

Schedule:
10:00am - Meet at World Cup Coffee, 1740 NW Glisan St., for introductions, coffee, and snacks.
10:30am - Sketch around the Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 NW Flanders St.
12:00noon - OPTIONAL sketchbook sharing and lunch at Mcmenamins Blue Moon Tavern & Grill, 432 NW 21st Ave.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July Sketchcrawl

I eyed Tilikum Bridge for a bit, but ended up walking around to the side of the OHSU building to try my hand at a bit of the messy construction going on next door.
And then, with just a little time left before the throw-down, did a quicky of the sculpture in front of the building.


A Beautiful Day for Sketching at Tilikum Crossing

We had a good turnout for today's sketch crawl, with 19 people, by my count.  There's a lot to draw in this area and the diversity of sketches reflects that. It's always so fun to see the variety of techniques, materials, and viewpoints when we share our sketches. I always get new ideas with the 'throw-down."




Notice Julie's extra tiny palette in the photo above.

Here's my sketch from before lunch...


and a grid of sketches from the afternoon.

Thanks for showing up, everyone!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Yet more storm recovery

When my catalpa fell over in January's snowstorm, it busted a chunk of my sidewalk.  After a months-long delay, the people that I contracted to fix it finally started to work on it.
This was just the first step, breaking up the broken slab and hauling it off, and building forms for pouring the new slab.  Now we have to wait for an inspection before pouring concrete.