New Place, New People, New Tools!

Natural Grocers, Eugene, OR

1Here we are, checking out a new space – nice wood tables, large windows and bright light, free coffee, and a friendly welcome. NICE!

3       2Patti McNutt starts a sketch of the inside building structure, while Barb Shirk focuses on the wood wall sculpture.

4     FullSizeRender The assistant manager welcomes us, including newcomers Connie & Susan, a neighbor and a cousin of Barbara Shirk.  Then the fellow responsible for scheduling cooking demos shows the calendar.

6      7Barb shows Sandy her new Lamy pen loaded with water soluble brown ink (pic shows it over Copic Marker), and Erik took a closeup of Patti’s rediscovered tiny pen point Pentel Hybrid Technica pen.

8      9Connie tries out the paints a friend sent her from France (very dense), & Barb Sommers shows us a sketch from out her window.

5      E-HeidiConnie laughs about her sketch of Erik with his signature hat, and Erik shows his emerging sketch of Heidi.

10      11Barb Sommers starts a pencil sketch of the green pepper and red onion on the table, and Patti goes straight to ink!

12      13Jan Brown starts with Stylo colored ink pens, and Sandy adds colored pencil to her ink drawing of the same subject.

14      15Heidi does some colored pencil overlay, and Jan adds water soluble Tombo markers.

16      17Jane added watercolor to her ink sketch on toned paper, and Sandy adds some commentary to fill out her sketch page.

19      18Patti posts her sketch of the inside of the store on their bulletin board, as Jan, Heidi, and Sandy finish their sketches.

Good Enough to Eat!

Allan Bros., 5th St, Eugene, OR

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As we frequently do when we sketch in a café, Erik chose something to nibble on as his sketch focus, and dutifully laid down line & color.

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Turned out to  be a quickly completed sketch, and the model was indeed good enough to eat!

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Meanwhile, Sandy admired Barb Shirk’s sketches from last week, and then claimed she just wasn’t inspired today, maybe next time.

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Barb got caught up in sketching people in the line for goodies.

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Heidi found the addition of cayenne pepper to her hot chocolate to be worthy of a sketch, but she sure didn’t wait before she consumed.

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And Jane just messed about with brush pen and water-soluble pen.

It’s All About The Sketch

Allan Bros. on 5th St, Eugene, OR


The early gatherers – Barb Shirk, Heidi Sachet, Sandy Larkin, & Jane behind the camera.  Looked like serious sketching going on!

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Then we got a look at Sandy’s shirt! Cracked everybody up!

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Back to work – sitting in the middle of the room at the coffee shop gave everyone a view of people to draw in all directions.

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Jane chose Penelope’s view above, but did it at an angle on the page (her approach to keeping it simple); Sandy did the girl across from us.

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Heidi says the thing about your “model” leaving is that you get to finish it the way you want. She goes onto a design definition, and Penelope to adding color.

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Sandy tries a Betty Edward’s suggestion – draw the sketch upside down! Did it work? (Book courtesy of Barb Shirk, from an earlier visit to a fascinating show at the Schnitzer Museum.)

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Here’s a view of Barb’s “models” and here’s how she added values.

Let’s Talk About It!

New Day Bakery, Eugene, OR

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Barb Shirk always finds the most interesting things – this time, a watercolor calendar with a twist! There’s a sample, then a faint outline of the work with watercolor tips. What fun.

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Penelope falls back on the old trick of sketching your tools.

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Barb Shirk brought along a companion for Woodlo, which Jane enjoyed sketching – isn’t he a character?

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Erik did do some sketching, but mostly, let’s admit it, we talked!