Chasing the Blues Away

Chase Café and Bistro, Eugene, OR.

The day started out overcast with sprinkles, and we started out at a new-to-us place: Chase Café & Bistro, off Martin Luther King Blvd. Nice atmosphere with murals of Italy (is that the Florence Duomo?), wonderful smells of pastries and quiches, good coffee. They were very welcoming.

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The usual suspects: Barb Shirk, Tricia Clark-McDowell, Erik Johnson, Heidi Sachet above, and below Sandy Larkin, Barbara Aten, and a newcomer, Mike Maszk.

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Barb Shirk was working on a lizard last week, started wondering what kind of background to put down, then thought about copying & resizing all the rubbings she did around Italy…the partial page on the left lifts off, and here you have it:

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And of course there must be an identifying map for the rubbings!

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Sandy asked what kind of drawing Mike does, and clever guy, he had samples of his wonderful bird sketches on his iPhone!

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Erik brought some fruit to draw, and did they ever turn out well!

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Heidi did some tweaking before she took on the challenge of a glass vase, and Barb Shirk continued sketching a fountain from Italy.

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Tricia was adding some color to a quick sketch she started last week, but by the end of our time together a whole story of events evolved!

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Heidi was mesmerized by the shell she brought, but was able to get quite a bit of color and depth to her colored pencil sketch.

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Several of us took on the gourds that Heidi brought – here you see Jane’s ink sketch, followed by some watercolor.

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Mike’s gourds started out innocently enough, but quickly devolved into Halloween fantasies! (See below)

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Sandy and Barb Aten did the gourds, too.

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Above left is Barb’s done in watercolor, then Sandy’s in watercolor pencil. So interesting to see the different effects between media.

 

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