Saturday, October 21, 2017

A Rainy Day Sketching

Even with a forecast of 100% chance of rain all day, we had a good turnout of sketchers. Kate (Seattle USk group) even joined us!


We started at the Rocking Frog on Belmont.

We had people on the porch, one who sketched in her car, and a couple of sketchers who sketched in Lone Fir Cemetery.

I was part of the group that sketched inside the cafe the whole time.






                               Kalina, on the other hand, ventured out and got pretty drenched!




Thanks everyone, for a fun way to spend a rainy morning!

Friday, October 13, 2017

10th Birthday of USk - Global 24hr Sketchwalk - Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017

Hello Portland Urban Sketchers!

Portland Urban Sketchers will be participating in the international Urban Sketcher’s official 10th birthday (11th November 2017), for the first 24hr Sketchwalk ever!

USk chapters around the world will come together and hold sketchwalks in their cities on that day. Through our social media accounts we will travel across the globe over 24hrs, following the timezones, as we broadcast hourly the sketchwalks happening live in different cities.

Portland Urban Sketchers will join in with a progressive sketchcrawl throughout the city that day. Please join us and other urban sketchers around the world!

Schedule:
Location A - 10am - 1pm: South Park Blocks (PSU / Farmer's Market / Portland Art Museum) - meet around Museum Grounds Cafe, 1219 SW Park Ave
Location B - 1pm - 3pm: New Deal Distillery, 900 SE Salmon St
Location C - 3pm - 5pm: Cartopia, 1207 SE Hawthorne Blvd

"Shepherd" volunteers will be available to help you get from one place to another via public transit, bike, or walking. It's a max of 1.5 miles between each location.

"Point person" volunteers will also be available at each location to answer questions you may have.

More info on the 10 Year Anniversary Celebration of Urban Sketchers can be found here: http://www.urbansketchers.org/p/10-year-anniversary-celebration.html

See you there!
Andrea

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Old and New Portland Architecture

I'm sure you recognize these houses from the sketch crawl posts on this blog. I couldn't resist going back to New Seasons to sketch these colorful oldies.


This new building is the Karl Miller Center at PSU.  I sketched it from the covered deck of the Urban Center building. It was a perfect for a drizzly day.


Friday, September 29, 2017

USk Group Exhibition is Canceled for now


Message from Amber Sausen, the President Urban Sketchers this morning:

Dear Urban Sketcher Regional Admins,
We regret to inform you that the Ave Maria University exhibition has had to be cancelled due to a number of factors that resulted in a very short deadline. We're disappointed, as we're sure you are too. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. While this particular show is cancelled, Urban Sketchers does plan to host another exhibition in future...

Monday, September 25, 2017

USk News: Call for Entry to USk Group Exhibition


The USk board is pleased to invite urban sketchers to submit sketches for an upcoming USk group exhibition at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida, USA. The university seeks images that portray the motto of Urban Sketchers—we show the world, one drawing at a time.

The exhibition will run from November through February 2018 in the Canizaro Exhibit Gallery at Ave Maria University. This exhibit is one of several that will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Urban Sketchers.

Please submit up to three images that highlight life in your neighborhood/city/country.

International Deadline: 4 October 2017 23:59 CDT.

Details are provided in the submission form:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/USkExhibitAveMariaUniv

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Slabtown Gouche Sketch



















Here is the sketch I did from Slabtown this weekend. I'm really happy with how the gouache paint colors turned out. I used Talens 24 color opaque watercolor gouache tin from Blick and a pencil to layout shapes.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Oct. 21 Sketch Crawl - Lone Fir Cemetery

3rd Saturday Sketchcrawl
October 21, 2017


Let's sketch the Lone Fir Cemetery!  Seems appropriate for October.  There may be some nice fall colors.  And if it's rainy there are some little shops nearby on Belmont that people can duck in to.

We will start and end in Rocking Frog Cafe.



Schedule:
10:00am - Meet at Rocking Frog Cafe, 2511 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214, for introductions, coffee, and snacks.
10:30am - Sketch around the Lone Fir Cemetery or on Belmont.
12:00noon - OPTIONAL sketchbook sharing and lunch back at Rocking Frog Cafe.

Slabtown Sketch Crawl

I came late to the party.  We had a nice turnout with a good number of new people.  Welcome to all of you!

Like quite a few other people, I sketched these 2 adorable houses.

Still planning on adding color sometime soon.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Slabtown sketchcrawl

We met in my neighborhood, at New Seasons.  I'd been admiring the two funky old houses on Quimby for a while, and decided that I should sketch them.  Today, before the weather turns bad or they're torn down and redeveloped.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

In the Shade in Portland

 I've been struggling for a long time to make my watercolor sketches have more contrast. It seems to take lots of layers and I don't always have the patience for that. On the bottom sketch, I eventually got out my gray markers and pushed it farther to the dark side.

I know some people have special mixes for the darkest of darks. Do you have any favorite combinations?