Shady Doings – What Sketchbook # Are You On?

New Day Bakery/World Cafe, Eugene, OR

allAfter waiting for sun, here we are in the shade! (Predicted: 82º) Tricia, BarbSh, Sandy, Penelope, and Jane behind the camera.

Manda-1          Manda-2Barb’s daughter Manda Severin is the artist for The Meriwethers (who do a singing act about Lewis & Clarke) – here’s the latest song book she’s put together, which Tricia (being a Clarke descendant) also appreciates. Sorry about the shade making pages seem blue.

Jane-1    Jane-2    Jane-3Jane got right into sketching the day lily Sandy brought for inspiration. She’s now in sketchbook #32b; sketching since 2006.

Sandy-1    Sandy-2    Sandy-3Sandy was excited to finish this sketchbook (sketchbook #42, since 2008), and had fun doing multiple sketches of the day lily.

BarbSh-1     BarbSh-2     BarbSh-3Barb’s sketches slowly emerge from the one before (so she’s “just” on sketchbook #22, started in 2010) – this page was a feather stencil, watercolor grains sprinkled then spritzed, and now a bird sketch.

Sandy-PenelopePenelope joined us, ready to work on her sketch from the Solstice.

P-1    P-2    P-3First a light sketch of trees, a light wash, then bring on the color! She’s on sketchbook #42, began sketching in 1968.

Tricia-1            Tricia-2

Tricia’s sketchbook pages typically evolve over time, too – these vignettes are from today. Who knows how many sketchbooks she’s filled? She doesn’t know! She says she started sketching in 1997.

I’d say Sandy wins for sheer volume/time, but our beloved leader, Ken O’Connell is on sketchbook #87. Or #88. Or…


Sketching at Hideaway in the Sun

Hideaway Bakery, Eugene, OR

all-panoA chance to sit in the sun brought a lot of us out to our gathering at the Hideaway Bakery Tuesday moring: Barb So, Erik, Jan, Sandy, Penelope, Barb Sh, and Ken’s old friend Mike stopped by, too.

Ken-1    Ken-2Ken got there early, as did Erik, hence the requisite sketch of the requisite model. When he showed Jan his self-portrait, he explained that we tend to portray ourselves as younger than we are. We like it.

Ken-3       Ken-4Ken had just done a sketch workshop with some 4th graders at Gilham Elem., and shared the thank you sketches they did for him.

P-kids   P-garden page   P-solsticePenelope also had children’s art in her sketchbook from a recent trip, along with some full page art projects (& solstice sketches!).

Mike-1     Mike-2An old friend of Ken’s, Mike showed up to sketch with us, too.

BarbSo-1   BarbSo-2   BarbSo-3Quietly in a corner, Barb So was sketching in her lap, so surreptitiously that her model didn’t even know. Ta dah!

Trish-1   Trish-2   Trish-3Tricia is often a lap sketcher, too, which helps when you’re on a ferry trying to capture passing scenery! This from a  Whidby Island trip.

Jane-1   Jane-2   Jane-3Jane was busy sketching some of the people across the courtyard, but then her models got up & left! So the brief sketch is all she had.

Jan-1    Jan-2    Jan-3Jan was concentrating on the people across the table from her…first the gal on the left, then our own Sandy in sunglasses!

Sandy-1     Sandy-2And across the table, Sandy was sketching Mike and Jan.  Ha!

BarbSh-1     BarbSh-2     BarbSh-3What will Barb Sh add to her doggie page…ah, a sketch of her father from a remembered photo prior to his leaving for military service. What a nice remembrance to do for Father’s Day.

Erik-1   Erik-2    Erik-3Meanwhile, Erik (remember Erik?) was finishing yet another sketch of the sky and trees – look how he brings depth to the sky! Wow.

Sharing Tips at Hideaway

Hideaway Bakery, Eugene, OR

PanoramaPatti McNutt is behind the camera doing a panoramic shot!  In addition, present were Jane, Erik, Ann Tiegen, Sandy, & Barb Sh.

Erik, Ann-1     Erik, Ann-2Erik and Ann discover they both like to use artist’s crayons, and here they’re comparing water soluble and oil base versions.

Sandy, Barb, Patti          Patti's gouacheAcross the table, Sandy, Barb Sh, and Patti talk about Patti’s recent trip to Italy, where she happily used gouache (Talens brand) paint. She says that by using the Sta-Wet palette the paint never dried out!

Erik's sketch     Sandy's sketchHere’s Erik’s sketch of Patti, and Sandy sketching Erik!

Patti-1     Patti-2Patti started sketching a planter at Hideaway, then added context.

BarbSh-1     BarbSh-2The bakery is a dog friendly place, so Barb Sh took advantage of the available models! Lovely completed sketches in a short time.

Jane-1         Jane-2Jane brought a model from home to sketch – here’s how the sketch evolved from pencil to pen to watercolor. Such a nice time by all.

Drawing Interest Wherever We Go

Sprout! courtyard, Springfield, Oregon

1-groupIdaho visitors Miela and Marty stopped by to see what we were doing, and of course we invited them to come sketching with us in Italy in 2017! It’s always such fun to share interests with others.

Erik-1    Erik-2Erik got to our meeting place first this morning (as usual) and started right in on the interesting architecture of the place.

Erik-3      Erik-4From a simple quick pencil sketch to layers of color – it emerges!

Barb-1    Barb-2Barb Sh announces she figured out what to add to the page she started last week, featuring Erik & Jane – a gargoyle peering at them!

Barb-3    Barb-4After her pencil sketch to see how pieces would interact on the page, she inks the images in…now, ready for color!


And in the interest of full disclosure, here’s what Jane (recently rattled by her air conditioning system quitting back at home) did.

Sprouting in Springfield

100 Mile Bakery @ Sprout, Springfield, OR

Erik-JaneJane and Erik got there first, and immediately (after Erik’s berry pie) started sketching – Jane the flowers, Erik the sign & street vista.

Jane-flowers @ Sprout      Jane-Yellow Iceland PoppiesHere are Jane’s sketches – too much coffee influenced the first, but she finally calmed down for the poppies. Whew.

Erik-2     Erik-3     Erik-4Erik said he came to get inspired, and he got it! Or did he… Yep.

BarbSh, Sandy, TriciaSandy, Tricia, and Barb Sh interrupt their sketching for a chuckle.

BarbSh-1      BarbSh-2Here’s what Barb Sh was working on – so interesting to see how the initial sketch continues to evolve, now with the Iceland Poppies, too.

Sandy-1    Sandy-2Sandy’s fears that she’s lost her sketching chops were for naught.

Barbs & Tricia     BarbA
By the time Barb A joined us, people were seriously into sketching, and Barb wasted no time in getting her watercolor flowing.

Tricia-1        Tricia-2Here’s how Tricia’s sketch developed from a simple black & white outline to – ah, color! Yes! There’s more to this story – check back!