Beating the Heat in Style

Talk about timing! We’d been invited back to Cortesia for a longer day today for sketching, having a potluck lunch, and trying out some of the exercises in the book The Tao of Sketching. And it is typically 10 degrees cooler up there in the woods than it is down in town, where the temperature was slated to be in the upper 90s.  Whew.

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Forest shows Barb Sommers his newly completed deck – Erik gives serious thought to just staying there!

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Jane picks the front deck again, surrounded by Stargazer Lilies.

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Erik & Barb Sommers succumb to the front deck’s charms, too. Here’s Barb So’s sketch of the same lily from her own backyard.

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Barb Aten finds a different lily variety – look at those lush colors!

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Jan’s on the new studio deck, intent on capturing the scene.

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Tricia, our hostess, is there, too – lovely spot, lovely sketch!

And then it’s time for lunch!





A yummy lunch on the new deck, a quick overview of lessons and suggestions from The Tao of Sketching, and we were back at it.


What are we doing? Hard to concentrate after that wonderful lunch (followed by dark chocolate with raspberries – thanks, Tricia!).


Tricia suggests we try one of two techniques in the book: 1) doing a simple contour sketch and adding a wash of color; 2) doing an ink sketch & adding color to only a specific part of the sketch for focus.


Here’s Jane’s quick sketch of Penelope & Barb A.

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Here’s Barb So’s of the same two, & Jan’s sketch of Erik.

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Tricia sketched Jane, Hanna Yoshimura & Barb So., while Penelope did the same from a different perspective.

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Speaking of perspective, here’s Erik, and then his sketch of Barb So.

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Barb A was determined to capture the fruit juice in her glass goblet!

IMG_3234     IMG_3239Hanna joined us in time to sketch her long time friend Tricia.

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Here’s Hanna’s sketch done at the Famers’ Market last week, and Penelope’s sketch of some of us and the labyrinth at Cortesia. What a wonderful (& cool)  time together.  We are deeply appreciative!


Sketching in the Rain

We’d planned to meet at the Farmers’ Market in the Park Blocks in downtown Eugene, but the rain changed some minds!

Our friend Hanna Yoshimura took this picture of her friend Cathy – the two of them did brave the rain to sketch in the Park Blocks.

wall of Officina de Peregrino

Meanwhile, Hugh stayed home to revisit a photo he’d taken of a wall outside the Officino de Peregrino on his trip to Spain – sketch below:

Hugh'sOfficina de Peregrino


The rest of the group who planned to meet, hurriedly changed plans and hied themselves off to the Palace Bakery, where this chocolate brioche became an object of focus:

Our teacher always told us: sketch first before eating – a challenge!

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t was Barb’s brioche, but she dutifully sketched first!

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Penelope shows her preliminary sketch, to which she added color.

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Erik sketched both Barb and the brioche!

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an ignored the brioche and sketched a nearby table & chair.

Makes you want to take up sketching.  Or a chocolate brioche!

Catching Up @Friendly St. Market, 7/15/14

We loved being at the newly renovated Friendly St. Market – open sheltered deck, pleasant surroundings, goodies nearby to sustain us.


The early birds busy at the table: Barb Sommers, Heidi Sachet and her friend Renata, Barb Shirk, Erik Johnson (& Jane with camera).

As always, we began by looking at what people have been doing:

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Barbara Shirk brought the invitation she did for the celebration of the shelter at the small dog park – her dog & Jane’s are featured!

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Heidi Sachet & Jane Harrison found sketching as a way to manage being at parties and gatherings – even ceiling lights were fair game!


Barb Shirk did it, too, sketching participants at the Groom’s Dinner.

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Barbara Sommers had sketches from her back yard – so delightful!


Erik’s latest sketch in his unmistakeable color rich  style.


Then Hugh & Sandy Larkin showed up, and Penelope Youngfeather (who got to see Hugh’s sketchbook from the Camino walk).

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Hugh with a Camino sketch, and Sandy doing on a vineyard sketch.


Jane brought sample of the cards she makes from her sketches, which Barbara Sommers looks through, with Jo Bogue-Hoffman.


Barb Shirk shows Erik the folding blocks trick she developed to do changing vignettes from her last trip to Italy – we want a lesson!


Then the stalwart folks got down to business.

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Sandy put finishing touches on her vineyard, and Erik showed off his finished sketch of Sandy, sitting across from him.

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Jane captured the deli wagon across the street, and Penelope captured all of us!


But Hugh topped it all off with a symbolic sketch of the group – whose artifact is whose? What a fun sketch.

Cool Sanctuary at Cortesia, 7/8/14

We were so pleased to retreat up into the woods at Cortesia last week in the hot weather,  eager to repeat the visit, and happy to be welcomed back:


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Erick starts sketching a tree, while Tricia and Hugh get set up, and Jane does a watercolor sketch of the glass assemblage on the table.
(You can see Anne on the other side of the table – knitting!)

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Sandy and Tricia took on the glass assemblage challenge, too.

Here’s Sandy’s sketch, white gel pen on black paper.

Tricia added some background detail to her watercolor.

IMG_2953 IMG_2955Hugh’s trees quickly took shape, & life with color added.

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Meanwhile, someone asked Hugh & Sandy how their trip was, trekking the Camino in Spain, and out came their sketchbooks:


Here’s Sandy’s first page with an equipment sketch.


Tricia & Anne are entranced by the sketchbooks and tales of the trip.

Hugh enjoys giving Erik some highlights. Fabulous trip, fabulous stories – we’re so glad they’re back to share!



At Cortesia Sanctuary, Eugene, OR

When Tricia invited us out to sketch at her place outside Eugene, few of us realized what a treat was in store!  Of course, it did make deciding what to sketch a bit of a challenge. We may have to come back…

Entering the garden


Hi! What did Jan & Barb A find?

Erik checks out a rentable cabin – just right!

Penelope & Tricia know just where they want to go.

Penelope gets right at it, while Jan, Barb A & Trish chat.

Erik choses to do a wooded scene in graphite.

Forrest, Tricia’s husband, tells Erik about the history of the place.

Below is Erik’s developed piece.

Meanwhile, Tricia, Penelope, & Barb A get busy sketching, too. Can you see whose work is whose, and how it develops?


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Back on the porch with Erik, Jan begins to capture the little birdhouse vignette.
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Jane moves from the birdhouse to the pot of gaillardia: IMG_4261IMG_2881

And in the mail, not to be left out, come Hugh’s & Sandy’s sketches from far away.