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What’re you gonna draw? I dunno. What’re you…

Jane Harrison’s, Eugene, OR

3Sitting on the back deck in Jane’s yard, slightly stunned by the lovely spring morning.

1   2   4Erik & Barb Shirk looking, looking; Sandy & Barb Aten focusing;
Tricia getting right into it, of course!

Erik-1   Erik-2And Erik is off!  Off on a memory of him & his Dad eating ice cream back in 1987.  What a great memory!

BarbS-1    BarbS-2Barb Shirk finished her sketch of the shooting star wild flowers, and added a stylized version from a book Heidi brought last week.  Then she started sketching a pine cone from Jane’s yard.

fountain-1    fountain-2    fountain-3Sandy and Barb Aten focused on the frog in the fountain, from slightly different angles but you could almost hear him croaking!

Jane-1    Jane-2 Jane was intrigued with a montage format used by Ros Jenke (one of the Artist’s Journal Workshop artists on Facebook), so she printed out Ros’ sketch, and started playing around with the same style.Jane-3    Jane-4It was fun to see how the approach presented her back yard!

Tricia-1    Tricia-2    Tricia-3Tricia had her own vignette montage twist with images in the yard.


Always Exchanging Tips

Coffee Plant Roasters, Eugene, OR

all-1We always enjoy picking up tips from one another – a chilly day, so it was good to be inside with good coffee, too! Sandy, Ken, Barb Shirk (with her back to us) Jan, & Barb Sommers (Jane behind camera).

Sandy      Heidi-JanSandy was busy replicating noted paintings from the calendar she got from Barb Shirk (a lot be learned in that activity!), while Heidi and Jan exchanged ideas about architecture & building projects.

BarbSh-snail      BarbSH-juryBarb Shirk had her finished snail to show, as well as her keep busy sketch from her day on jury duty.  Well, waiting to be on jury duty…

BarbSh-slice      BarbSh-faceWhen Jane took the picture of Barb sketching a wildflower in her sketchbook, she realized that she kept getting just slices of Barb’s face in photos, so here she is laughing – more than just a nose!

Heidi-testing-1       Heidi-testing-2Heidi was just testing out a new art tool, she said (the colored pencils by Staedler), turning out a lovely landscape in the process.

view       Ken-pen-1Here’s what we were seeing out the window.  Sandy & Heidi were interested in the watercolor loaded brush pen Ken was using.

Ken-tree-1      Ken-tree-2Here’s the way Ken’s sketch of the tree started to develop.

Jan-tree-1      Jan-tree-2And here’s how Jan’s sketch of the tree developed.

Ken-Jan-trees-1      Ken-Jan-trees-2When Ken & Jan started comparing their approaches to sketching the tree, Ken said he’d been inspired by Jan’s sketch last week. Then Jan looked at her current sketch and was baffled about what to do to complete it.  Add a car, Ken said! So she did, and so did he:

Jan-tree-final          Ken's tree-final

Biscotti Prankster Heaven

At Barbara Sommers’ in Eugene, OR

all-2   all-Ken-Barbs-2Barbara Sommers invited us to her home, and quite a crowd showed up! Sandy, Jan, Barb Sommers, Penelope, Barb Shirk, Jane, Erik; Ken, Barb Sommers & Barb Aten. She supplied home cooked biscotti!

BarbSo-1   Penel-5Barb Sommers showed us her version of the clothing store with ribbons from last week (remember Tricia’s?), and Penelope showed us her journal entries from her gardening & doctor visit last week.

BarbSh-1     BarbSh-2Barb Shirk had finished the lawn ornament she started, and then began to sketch from a photo of a wonderful snail – wonder how this will all work together…keep coming back to see!

Erik-1     Erik-2   Erik had been talking about putting together the perfect combination of spring blooming plants in an imaginary yard:

Jan-3   Jan's View   Jan-6Jan was looking out the dining room window, and slowly the arbor-vitae appeared, and then the cars (which she said became Fiats!).

Jane-1     Jane-2 Jane was enchanted with the images on her coffee cup – done first with pen, then markers, then water soluble ink.

Sandy-1       Sandy-Ken-1
Sandy started sketching Ken’s biscotti, then his sketch of the same.Sandy-Ken-3So then Ken drew a replica of his sketch in the space she’d blocked out for it on her page.

Sandy-Ken-4    Sandy-Ken-5Now, how to draw the hand drawing while holding the pen… Ta dah!

Sandy-Ken-Penel    sk-BarbSo-2       Penelope drew both Ken & Sandy drawing the biscotti.  Barb Sommers drew not only the biscotti, but also the art tools.

white-1   white-2   white-3Meanwhile, folks couldn’t resist trying the various white pens Jane had brought – Penelope tried the Signo Uni-Ball, Barb Shirk the Sharpie oil based, and Jan the Sharpie water based.  Have to wait to see the results of using the Faber-Castell Pitt white pen, & the Bistro Chalk Marker by Marvy Uchida in our unending search for the perfect white for the perfect occasion.




Catching Up and Moving On

5th St. Market, Eugene, OR

First, the catching up….

oilp-Erik-2       1-ErikRemember Erik’s from the last session? Here’s where the trial went!

oilp-Ken-3      1-KenKen had a perfectly good sketch, but gave in to water brush effects.

Jan-model      1-Jane's treeJane couldn’t resist playing with Jan’s tree model from last week.

2-Erik       1-TriciaHere’s what Erik & Tricia did since last meeting.

1- groupKen shared photos of charming sculptures done by his high school art teacher, Larry Goldade. Watch for a show at Watershed soon!

BarbSh-1       BarbSh-2Barb Shirk showed us her long hair dachshund sketch, and then the secret of her watercolor pencils – licking her water brush!

Ken-2     Erik-Amy-Ken-2Ken’s concentration on steadying his watercolor brush quickly got trumped by being able to share breakfast with Erik & Amy Gibson.

Jan-1     Jan-2Jan found her sketch models across from us – look what she chose to include and what to exclude, then check out Barb Sommers’ below:

BarbSo-1   BarbSo-2

Sandy-1     Sandy-2Sandy started with sketching people, but got distracted by a postcard Ken brought with a Geisha – how enchanting is that!

Tricia-2     Tricia-3Meanwhile, Tricia’s eye was caught by the colorful clothes outside the window, but what to do with all the space on the page? So she selected a portion of the ribbon display, and let some ends loose.

From Waxy to Wet

5th St. Market, Eugene, OR

1-choicesBarb Sommers, Jan, Heidi, & Sandy ponder art materials – here the book Ken brought along regarding classic Roman lettering, and the pot of bright red ranunculi Jane brought to share.

Fiona     oilpas-JanKen interrupted Erik’s wax crayon sketch with a chuckle over the sketch his granddaughter Fiona did in his sketchbook.  Jan shows Heidi the difficulty she had with smudging with white wax crayon.

2-startThen Erik made it even more complicated by talking about techniques for using Caran d’Ache water soluble wax crayons, which got Ken trying them immediately (while Barb Shirk pours over the book on lettering, and Barb Sommers & Jan get busy sketching).

oilp-Erik-1     oilp-Erik-2
Ken admires the layers of dark color Erik got on a previous sketch, & Erik launches into a new one (come back to see the finish of it!).

oilp-Ken-1   oilp-Ken-2   oilp-Ken-3Ken looks at his initial sketch, then tries a wax pencil that Sandy shared, with the results at the right – nice definition & depth!

oilp-Sandy-1    oilp-Sandy-2 Sandy starts out with an ink line drawing, then begins adding color with the Caran d’Ache wax pencils (different from the crayons).

oilp-Sandy-3    oilp-Sandy4She adds layers of color shade until she’s satisfied – well, yeah!

oilp-Heidi-1     oilp-Heidi-3Heidi uses the wax crayons creating a memory – a Bavarian meadow!

BarbSh-1   BarbSh-pen1   BarbSh-water3Barbara Shirk gets a critique from Ken on one of her sketchbook pages, then (ignoring the wax crayons!) starts a new one, featuring one of her daughter’s dogs (a long-haired dachshund).

Jan-model     Jan-TomboLooking out the window we see Jan’s view, then back on her page is her sketch using Tombo brush pens. That yellow sings!

BarbSo-water-1     BarbSo-water-2Barb Sommers couldn’t resist sketching the flowers, using ink along with her usual deftness with a soft watercolor.

ranun-Jane1      red ranunculas-blue potJane’s always complaining about being too tight & detailed – here’s her initial ink sketch, and the watercolor treatment she gave it when she got home.  Is that loosening up??? Uh….

Hiding Away – where’s the sun?!?!

Hideaway Bakery, Eugene, OR

It was a chilly overcast day, so we opted to be sketching inside across from the fireplace (the warmth was welcome!).

IMG_5643Here’s Jane’s sketch of the gal totally immersed in her laptop computer, sitting in front of the fire.

IMG_5645   IMG_5650Tricia said she was trying sketching directly with color, not using an ink pen (which is her usual go-to sketch tool), then  going back in to add detail and contrast.  Looks successful to me!

IMG_5647    IMG_5649It’s St. Patrick’s Day!  Even though Ken’s granddaughter Fiona reportedly thought it was an opportunity to pinch everybody willy-nilly, we gladly took one of the stick-on shamrocks Jane brought. Here’s Barbara Sommers sketching cups and shamrocks.

IMG_5648     IMG_5651Erik was working on two small vignettes – how does he get such sharp thin lines? A fortuitous break of a crayon!

IMG_5653Sandy interrupts her sketch of a cookie to respond to a query on her phone from the guy building her pottery table. What you can’t see here is that when she got back to her sketch, the model was gone! Now who could be the culprit…..

Not Hiding from an Early Spring

Hideaway Bakery, Eugene, OR

heidi-sandy     sandy-eric
Heidi and Sandy enjoy sketching in the sun – here’s Sandy’s sketch of Erik, who was sitting across from her.

Erik-1     Erik-2As always, Erik is sketching from images saved in his memory bank.

Heidi   Jan-erik-heidi
Heidi begins her sketch of a hanging basket – lovely details emerge.

Jan-1     Jan-2Jan’s fierce attention to detail really pays off!  Ta dah!

KenIt’s always a special treat when our teacher-mentor-friend, Ken O’Connell, is able to join us.




News from the New Day

New Day Bakery/World Cafe, Eugene, OR

The number of sketchers who are able to meet together varies widely with our group, but never the amount of interesting things that happen!

BarbsHere are two of the “Barbs” – Barb Sommers and Barb Shirk – hard at work.  Barb Shirk was using her Lamy pen for drawing (which comes with water soluble ink), and said that when she sprayed it with water it turned out to be TOO much water! You don’t learn without trying.

EuniceA woman named Eunice showed us drawings that she has created from numbers: 1 becomes a cross, 2 a duck, 3 a snowman, 4 an old woman, 5 a boat. She said she sometimes does her drawings for children who come to the bakery for their artistic amusement.

Jan    Jan-2     Jan demonstrates her facility in using the Tombo water soluble ink markers (her secret, she licks the ends of them!)


And When We’re Not Sketching…

Wichita Art Museum, Mar. 12 at 6:00 pm

Our own Joby Patterson is giving a Curator’s Talk: Remembering Kansas of the 1930s: Norma Bassett Hall’s Color Block Prints

American artist Norma Bassett Hall (1888-1957) found inspiration in the diverse landscapes that she and her husband, artist Arthur William Hall (American, 1889-1981), encountered in their travels and in the places they lived. Bassett Hall resided for nearly two decades in Kansas, and she was the only female artist among the founders of the Prairie Print Makers, a Wichita-based artists’ association founded in 1930. Between 1923 and 1944, she created more than a dozen captivating Kansas images. In the 1940s, Bassett Hall was part of a wave of artists experimenting in serigraph, or silkscreen, for fine art rather than advertisement.

Dr. Joby Patterson is the guest curator of Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: The Color Prints of Norma Bassett Hall on view through July 12. She will share her adventures in uncovering the life and work of Bassett Hall and discuss the artist’s techniques and creative vision. A book-signing of Patterson’s 2013 publication, Norma Bassett Hall: Catalogue Raisonné of the Block Prints and Serigraphs will follow. Patterson is an art historian specializing in early 20th century American printmaking and the author of Bertha E. Jaques and the Chicago Society of Etchers, which she began on a Smithsonian Fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 1990. She taught the history of printmaking at the Universit of Oregon and lives in Eugene.


Galleries open until 6 pm. Free admission. Held in conjunction with “Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: The Prints of Norma Bassett Hall,” on view from February 21 through July 12, 2015.

Pumped up!

The Pump Café, 710 Main St., Springfield, Oregon

We’re always interested in trying a new sketching venue, and when Hugh & Sandy had breakfast at The Pump Café in Springfield, they approached  the owners with the idea of having the sketch group be able to spend some time sketching there some morning.  They said yes, and we were charmed to be in such an interesting warm hearted place. (The food was great, too.)

focused sketchersWe were just a small group, but sure enjoyed being there – Tricia, Sandy, & Erik (who couldn’t resist their eggs on pancakes – YUM).

Tricia-quickTricia started by showing us the sketch she completed the last time we were together, noting the demands of sketching fast when your model is apt to move on!

window   Tricia-viewHere’s the view from the inside The Pump Café looking out to the sheltered outside patio, Trisha’s initial sketch outline on the right.

Jane-window   Tricia-windowHere’s Jane’s sketch done on grey toned paper, and Trisha’s in watercolor on white paper. It’s interesting to see how different artists choose what to include in a sketch, what to exclude.

Sandy & Trish-wall     Sandy-startTrisha had to turn around to see what had Sandy so intrigued across the room on the wall.

Sandy's view     Sandy-wallOh! What an interesting collection of memorabilia on display! Sandy really had fun sketching this, as you may be able to tell!