Saturday, April 14, 2018

First Hill in Seattle

I was up for a concert on Thursday, and stuck around for a sketchcrawl on Friday morning.  It was raining lightly for most of the morning, so I wandered around looking for places that were out of the rain and had a view of something interesting.  I circled the area for a bit until I ended up at the top of First Hill, tucked into the entrance of the Polyclinic, and sketching First Baptist (where the concert had been).  It's actually even more baroque than this.  I left out about half of the twiddly bits.

Then I headed back down to Pike and found a spot where I could see the dome of First Covenant (the body was hidden behind a building with a parking lot on its roof) with the buildings of downtown rising behind it.

By this time the rain had finally stopped, so I walked down to do the Plymouth Columns, which were still dark with the morning's rain.  The trees in the park have grown significantly since I left town.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Update on 10x10 Urban Sketching Workshops

We are off to great start with this year's 10x10 Workshops. The first three is the series are now completely sold out. There are still a few spaces left in some workshops starting with June 2nd's It’s All a Matter of Perspective: Step by Step Guide to Drawing Believable Cities. Don't miss you chance to be part of this exciting educational opportunity. For more information and to register...

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Save the Date: Sunday, May 20 - Oregon Humane Society's Annual Pug Crawl

Sunday, May 20
12:00 pm
Portland Brewing Company Taproom
2730 NW 31st Avenue, Portland
Save the Date: If you're willing and able to spend $10-30 on a benefit for the Oregon Humane Society and like the idea of sketching pugs in top hats, join me for a special Sunday sketchcrawl on May 20, 2018, for the 2018 Pug Crawl: "Blast to the Past"

Entry is $10 if you purchase in advance or $15 at the door. I'll announce again closer to the event when ticket sales are open. We'll meet outside the main entrance just before noon and go inside to sketch the pugs as they gather before the actual parade, which starts at 2pm.
This event is in NW Portland, reachable on Trimet with the 15 line. Portland Brewing has a parking and there should also be sufficient street parking in the area.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

March for our Lives- Portland OR

It was not the most inviting day to be out marching through the streets of Portland but that did not seem to deter the crowd of passionate students and supporters.

Parking myself at a good spot (about 9:30 am ) across from the gathering place in North Park Blocks to do some warm up sketches. It was exciting to see the crowd grow ever larger there.

I then moved to SW Broadway to get a view of the beginning of the march up SW Broadway to Pioneer Courthouse Square. I was a little sheltered when the light rain started so it worked out to be a good vantage point.....however eventually I had to give it up and move on. My feet and fingers where just too cold to continue standing there. Walking seemed to help a bit and the route to Pioneer Courthouse Square warmed me up.  However when I got there it was so crowded (a pretty good thing, I think) so that I couldn't get any view nor really hear any of the speeches.

Tried a few spots but nothing seemed to work so I headed for some warmth and relief.

I was struck throughout the march by some of the signs and chants. This one sign, carried by a young woman student, though was so poignant...... I had to record it.

Recording these passionate people, and especially the young students marching was an inspiration.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Cherry trees in two cities

On Saturday, I went down to the waterfront to sketch the cherry trees with the Portland Urban Sketchers.  Unfortunately, they weren't out yet.  Not really.  There was a promise of pink, but the reality was of green and gray.   But the Steel Bridge was floating prettily above the trees.  So I did that scene, sneaking in the blossoms that I knew would soon show up.

Then I turned my attention to the people...

That afternoon, I took a train up to Seattle for a concert.  And the next morning, while walking through the UW campus to take light-rail back to the train station, I decided to detour through the quad, just in case those trees had popped.

And had they ever.  And just about everyone in the city had come by to take them in.  I sketched a small part of the scene (while overhearing a photographer complaining about how to deal with the crowds of people in his way).

Sunday, March 18, 2018

April 21, 2018 Sketch Crawl - Woodlawn / Dekum Triangle

Janene's sketch from 2016
APRIL 21 - Woodlawn / Dekum Triangle

Let's sketch the Woodlawn neighborhood.  There are a couple of nice indoor locations for us in case it rains.  Outdoors we have the Firehouse Restaurant and Woodlawn City Park for fun sketching subjects.
  • 10:00am - Meet at Woodlawn Coffee & Pastry () for coffee, snacks, and socializing.
  • 10:30am - Spread out and sketch the Woodlawn neighborhood from 10-noon. 
  • 12:00noon - Optional lunch at Breakside Brewery ().

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Today's Sketch Crawl

Another nice turnout today.  It was wonderful to make new friends and connect with old friends.

A couple of people sketches at Floyd's:

Then I found a seat at the bus stop on the Burnside Bridge for a street scene.  I will have to go back for the cherry trees.

And for the final throwdown - wonderful renditions!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Urban Sketching 10x10 Workshops of 2018 are almost here

Our first Urban Sketching 10x10 workshop of 2018 "The Cave You Fear to Enter Holds the Treasure You Seek: Overcoming Obstacles and Becoming a Sketching Superstar" is only 10 days away. It is now full! Thank you for everyone who registered and all of those who helped to spread the word, including Kay French, Andrea Matthews, Jason Roberts, and many others. I can't wait to embark on this adventure together. If you would like to check out other workshops this year follow this link:

Sunday, February 25, 2018

March 17 Sketch crawl - Cherry Blossoms on the Waterfront

Deb's Sketch from 2016
MARCH 17 - Cherry Blossoms

It's Cherry Blossom time again at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The weather has been strange so it's hard to know for sure if the cherry blossoms will be ready.  Blooms or no, we still have Ankeny Fountain, Saturday Market, and Old Town/Chinatown nearby.
  • 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.) Or, 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. 

 MARCH 18 - 10x10 Sketch Education

The first Portland Urban Sketching 10x10 class of the year is happening on March 18, 10:30 am to 1:00 pm, at the Kennedy School.

If you ever wanted to learn how to draw quickly on location, capturing a variety of exciting city scenes and colorful subjects using your direct observation skills now is your chance. Together with the International Urban Sketchers organization we are organizing a series of on-location workshops aimed at honing your sketching skills and covering such topics as portable watercolor sketching, perspective, drawing people on the move, sketching city panoramas, and many more. Workshops take places in fun locations around Portland starting in March and continuing through early November. We are offering scholarships to students to make sketching even more accessible.

Register here: