Lantern light up

Perugino’s, Eugene, OR


Barbara Shirk brought Chinese Lanterns from her garden, and we all fell to, sketching them in various mediums.

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Patti McNutt, Erik Johnson, Sue Ashton, Barb Shirk, Sandy Larkin

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Carol Schaafsma stopped by to see what Sue was doing.

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Here’s Patti’s preliminary sketch, and then Erik’s.

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Barb Shirk’s drawing, and then Sandy’s.

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Jane sketched her cookie & coffee before she did the lanterns.

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You can see Barb Aten’s technique from pencil outline, to wet on wet watercolor, with the near final version below.




What’s in Front, Now & Then

Market of Choice Coffee Shop, Willakenzie, Eugene, OR


Barb Shirk, Barb Aten, & Sandy Larkin all listen  to Ken the guru.


It was a large group cozied up in a small space – around the table starting at the top left: Barb Shirk, Barb Aten, Barb Sommers, Sandy Larkin, Carol Schaafsma, Ken O’Connell, Penelope Youngfeather, Heidi Sachet, Rita Cavin, and Jane Harrison behind the camera.


Ken only gets so much attention, and then people get to  sketching!

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We do sketch what’s in front of us – here’s a “then” sample – Barb Shirk in Assisi, Barb Sommers in her backyard.

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And here’s a “now” – Heidi sketching an olive branch from the brochure about La Romita (where she’s going in Sept. 2015!).

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Penelope picks out pastry – put in red, Ken says! YUMMY!

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Rita’s “now” is her hand in front of her, and here’s her red, too!

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Carol starts sketching her cup, and Sandy does some nearby faces.

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The warm color of the overhead lights catch Jane’s eye.

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Barb Shirk sketches the cement pillars outside, with vines, and then adds color for the trees beyond them.

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Then the finalé – Rita poses with Ken to show off the two pieces done in Europe which she’s entering in the upcoming “World Sketches by Ken O’Connell and Fellow Travelers”  show at the Watershed Gallery, December 16-January 18.  Be sure to come to the Reception and Holiday Party: Friday, Dec. 19, 6-8 p.m.

Catching Up Over Coffee

Coffee Plant Roasters, Eugene, OR

There were some new faces joining us over coffee & sketching!


Amy Gibson, Barbara Shirk’s sister and Barbara, Barbara’s daughter Manda and her husband Ezra, and behind them Libby Masarie.  At the next table were Libby’s husband Fred, Sandy, & Heidi. What an interesting group! They are all artists of some sort (Manda & Ezra are part of the performance group, The Meriwethers), which made for a lively interaction.

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Barb & her sister take a look at Manda’s sketchbook from Italy, then Libby gets a tour of Barb’s Italy sketchbook.  Wonderful memories.

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Heidi has been busy – look at these marvelous sketches!


Fred, Sandy, and Heidi get after the sketching business – no chit chat!

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Fred, Sandy, & Heidi were all sketching people “modeling” nearby.

Coffee Plant Roasters people

And what was Jane doing (besides photos)? Sketching people, too!

Five Alive!

Vero Coffee Shop, Eugene, Oregon

There were only five of us able to gather to sketch together today, but were were a lively bunch anyway!  Some started out with unresolved tasks, while the others found new challenges.

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Barbara Shirk was busy selecting her three images to submit to the Watershed Gallery sketchbook show slated for December, and Heidi was committed to putting her shell in a watery sandy background.

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Jane was tickled with the tiny Thanksgiving centerpiece she brought for inspiration – love that turkey’s attitude.

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Tricia and Sandy started sketching the same tree out the window from slightly different viewpoints.

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Then they start adding some color and definition…

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Ta dah! Tricia adds her usual whimsical commentary, and Sandy is delighted with those mossy limbs with contrasting leaves.

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Meanwhile, Barbara and Heidi began sketching Heidi’s gourds.

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Here’s how far Barbara’s sketch developed, and here’s Jane’s finished Thanksgiving centerpiece.  We were busy, indeed!