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Sketching Outside at Jane’s

Jane’s place, Eugene, OR

     We had quite a gathering on the decks at Jane’s house – Vikki Wetle, Marsha, Penny, Vikki’s friend Katie, & Barb So on the east deck; Lona, Danita, Sandy, Hugh (& Jane) on the west deck. What a day!

    Danita brought scones, much to the pleasure seen here with Hugh & Sandy. The scones quickly made their way to the other deck, too.

      Danita took on the landscape, first with a watercolor layer, then later with defining ink lines. What a difference some ink makes!

       Hugh moved from his initial architecture lines of black on white to a white on black version, and then on the the flowers (from Marsha, and the peaches (from Vikki).

        Sandy (aka, the bird lady) just couldn’t wait to put paintbrush to her sketchbook to capture the blue heron that was in the newspaper.

     Lona was attracted to the tray of peaches from Vikki’s orchard.

         Vikki drove down from her ranch in Amity, bringing freshly picked peaches and figs (& her friend Katie, too, who sketched the figs).

        Helga sketched the whole table in front of her along with boxes of scones & a bowl of figs. She likes using pencil because…corrections!

      Marsha had a sketch in mind from a photo, but finally gave in to sketch the bowl of figs. (They were disappearing pretty fast).

        Penny found the figs irresistible, too – look how her sketch develops.

        Here’s Katie sketching the figs, while Judith selects one to sketch along with Katie’s collapsible water container.

        Barb S-N sketched the figs, too, as well as a blue glass cup – lovely!

       I think Barb So smelled the peaches, because she migrated to the other deck (along with Penny) to sketch with Lona.

    Penny immediately sketched the peaches. Jane did, too, after everyone left (& after she ate one of the peaches). Nice time!

Roisterous Rooster Sketching in the Heat.

5th St. Market, downstairs courtyard, Eugene, OR
Temperature predicted to get to 108 degrees!

   Here we are, escaping the heat in the lower courtyard. It was NICE.

       Marsha and Barb So. were under the patio overhang, and Barb So’s sketch gives you the first look at the rooster on top of the fountain.

       Marsha choose to sketch the plants & setting (but no rooster!)


Back in the corner were some newcomers: Lona, daughter Lisa, and granddaughter Addi. It was fun having a young sketcher –  we encouraged her to try a waterbrush, and she discovered watercolor!

        Lona was alternately sketching with pen, and adding watercolor pencil with waterbrush. “I love color!” she exclaimed. Yep.

On around the courtyard were Helga, Daisy, Bev, & Marsha. Above Marsha’s head you can see the rooster posing on top of the fountain.

        Helga was fascinated with the hanging plants, as was Jane, who after a irksome effort to sketch Erik & Hugh resorted to table items.

        Daisy was enthralled with the rooster – great perspective!

        Bev enjoyed sound of  the water fountain while she was sketching the flowers above her.

     Beyond Bev we see that Lealan slipped in to sketch…Bev and Marsha across the courtyard from her!

Rounding out the group are Penny, Sandy, Ken, Erik & Hugh.

    And what does Penny pick to draw? The rooster, of course!

         Sandy quickly moved into adding color to her version of the bird.

       And speaking of color – here’s Ken’s sketch of the rooster – wow!

Erik contemplates his croissant pastry & chats with Hugh.

     Good thing Erik has such a great visual memory, because that pastry disappeared very fast before he could sketch it.

      Hugh took on the challenge of the rear view of the rooster; now who’s being roisterous?

Sketching in a Sanctuary

Cortesia Sanctuary, Eugene, OR

An apt quote welcomes us: “The kiss of the sun for pardon, the song of the birds for mirth, one is nearer to God’s heart in a garden, than anywhere else on earth.”

         Tricia adds to that welcome – there are 22 acres to explore, lots of garden, a labyrinth, a path to look across the valley to the lake.

Helga, Marsha, Tricia, Penny & Jane gather at the table to sample the blueberries Penny brought to share from her garden.

   Helga is pleased with her sketch of a challenging chair on the deck, but Jane can’t settle on just one thing, so does a collection!

Tricia & Satoko find a quiet shaded place to sketch the garden.

Penny and Barb So. are just up the path with sculpture & flowers.

       Here are Penny’s and Barb So’s preliminary sketches – lookin’ good!

    The bird house gets Marsha’s attention, but Helga found a swing!

     What a wonderful place for sketching!

     Penny plays with a brush pen, and Tricia says “I want to get loose!”

So Tricia takes direction from Satoko, a master of wet-on-wet paints.

     Satoko’s painting quickly evolves, and Tricia is proud of her start!

     Penny looks at her first adventure with a brush pen, while Jane examines her use of a Copic marking pen sketch of nearby trees.

We loved sketching at Cortesia! It’s become an annual retreat.

Lots to Sketch at Fifth St. Market

5th St. Market (lower level), Eugene, OR

Here are most of us: Tricia; Penelope, Barb So., Erik; behind the column is Bev with Penny & Lealan, and far right is Daisy (with Jane).

Penelope, Barb So., & Erik were busy from the time they sat down!

       Erik was working on a wheat field he’d seen, while Barb So sketched what was right in front of her on the table.

       Penelope would like us to think that she got the blueberry Danish purely for sketching reasons. It sure vanished fast after the sketch!

Bev, Penny, & Lealan had a nice selection of being in the sun or not.

      Here you can see how Bev’s sketch developed – ink then color.

       Lealan goes right to color – markers, that is. She says she likes the effect in the one done at Diamond Lake, more like what she wants.

        Suddenly I noticed that all three were sketching in their laps, just like Penelope & Barb So.   Penny was sketching flower baskets above us.

     Daisy was sketching in her lap, too, determined to make that rooster sculpture in the fountain pop off the page – ta dah!


Jane didn’t have Penelope’s control over her subject before she finished her sketch. (YUM!) Next she laid down paint before ink.

    Satoko joined Tricia (both sketching in their laps!). Satoko’s attention was caught by the rooster in the fountain, too.


Tricia started with the flowers on the balcony above us, and ended with a colorful rendition of “Swifty” the market rooster icon.

Rosy Sketching Under the Red Umbrella

Farmers Market, Eugene, OR

Here we are, most of us gathered under a red umbrella at the market, from left to right: Judith & Justin in the sun; Helga, Marsha, Bev, Lealan, Sandy, & Hugh taking cover from the sun.

      Hugh concocted his own sketching tripod, which gives him a stable base for his sketchbook, and he got  into sketching right away.

      The light coming through the red umbrella gives his sketch a rosy glow! But he sure nailed the booth across from him in his sketch.

Lealan did her shopping first and generously contributed a still life, much to Sandy’s and Jane’s pleasure.

Here’s Sandy’s sketch of the beets & carrots – her paper really was white as you can see in her final sketch.

   Jane had a different viewpoint for her sketch of the veggies.

And Lealan looked right over the top of the veggie still life to include Jane in the picture!

Here are Marsha and Bev busy sketching – in the pink, so to speak!

       Marsha did her preliminary sketch with pencil, which doesn’t show up so well here. So come back another time to see it inked!

         Bev was the busiest of us all, and got three sketches done!

     Helga added to her market sketch from last time, and Daisy captured a whole booth with color and detail.

      Judith’s son Justin was visiting from Japan, and came sketching with her. Judith took on the challenge of those baffling square umbrellas.

      It turns out that Justin is an old hand at watercolor sketching. It’s always such a pleasure when we can include visiting family! Keep coming back, Justin!

To Market to Market…to Sketch, of course.

Farmers Market, Park Blocks, Eugene, OR

     The day started off kind of drizzly, so Lealan, Penny, Barb Sh, Erik, & Jane (behind the camera) started off at the Palace Bakery. Yum.

      Then we segued over to the market – first Tricia, Helga, Penny, & Jane  at the tables (with Daisy & Lealan sketching in other parts of the market), but it wasn’t long before Ken joined us, too.

  The lamppost with flowers and the market sign caught Daisy’s eye, then all the goodies to purchase (all in her hand made sketchbook).

   Lealan went for the full ambience of the market before succumbing to the delicious available fruit to take home to visitors. So she said.

Penny and Helga were fascinated with the market umbrellas.

      Here are those lovely rounded umbrella tops by Penny and Helga.

       Jane’s eye was caught by the pointed umbrella tops.

   Our group expanded to include Satoko & Marilyn. Then the booth across the way with hanging hats became Satoko’s focus.

   See how quickly that sketch took shape! She doesn’t even hesitate.

     Ken loves working with a brush pen, perfect for tree branches!

Oh, look who’s here! Penelope! Let the wild rumpus begin!

        First she gets those watercolor saturated, then the loose watercolor begins, but oh! Up she jumps to sketch in the band performers, too!

         Tricia is determined to do only loose watercolor – but the guy has no face! Problem solved. Sketch the back of him – no noses involved.

Tricia’s final sketch has lines for lettering (& a tiny bit for the pastry wrapper). Success!

Sketching at the Rose Garden – yes, Again!

Owen Rose Garden, Eugene, OR

  Back and front views of the early birds in the garden: Sharon, Renee Nelson (so good to see you!), and Barbara So.

      Erik, Renee, Patti, and in the next shot: Patti, Sharon, Helga.

   What a lovely setting! Patti, Erik, Helga, Barb So, and Sharon. Then Satoko stopped by with her friend Keiko fro Japan, much to the pleasure of Erik & Patti. And Jane, too, of course.

     And speaking of Jane, here she is, and here’s what she’s sketching – the white roses hanging from the arbor over the table.

      Look at how Patti’s value study evolves – first a light sketch, then adding darks. Ken would say, “Go darker!” and she does! Then white.

        Erik’s sketch is a lesson in layers – look at that sketch build!

     It’s always interesting to see how sketches evolve – here is Barb So.

     Look at Sharon’s sketch come to vibrant life – lovely!

    Helga joined us, too, and Barb So chats with Lealan (who was fascinated with the mowing patterns in the lawn!).

       We lost track of Heather – she was over by the famous old Tartarian Cherry tree – love her impressionistic version of the view!

Hard Work Pays Off in Sketching Success

5th St. Market, Eugene, OR

After the sunny skies last week, it was hard to pull ourselves together inside to sketch, but these troupers did it! Erik, Sharon, Daisey Schrock, Marsha, & Jane behind the camera.

      Daisey started us off with a Stephan King quote: “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”  Erik’s sketch is apropos!

     Daisey took the advice to heart, too, and quickly built her sketch.

       After sketching the potted tree outside, Jane tried doing a contour drawing using the negative space around a chair. 3rd sketch wins!

        Marsha sketched the whole seating arrangement outside, and look  at those chairs! They’re deceptively hard to do!

       It was so good to have Sharon back with us, and to watch her light hand with watercolor as the scene evolved in front of us.

    Helga joined us near the end, but was able to get a hanging basket sketched and begin on the tricky angles of the fencing. Whew.


A Rose Might as well be in a Garden

Owen Rose Garden, Eugene, OR

   We were all scattered around the garden today, enjoying roses in full bloom – here are Jean & Marsha; Bev & Satoko.

     Barb So and Penny got into doing sketching right away.

Penny, Tricia, Ken, & Barb Sh – was it hard to decide what to draw?

    Jean was working with water soluble colored pencils. Marsha had her father’s Prisma pencils, which her sister encouraged her to use.

     Barb So started with a light pencil sketch, then added watercolor.

   Penny is pleased with her sketch of the gazebo, & started a colored pencil sketch of a tall spired yellow flower (who knows what it is?).

  Jane was so exhausted by doing the gazebo contour sketch, that she couldn’t finish it, so sketched some nearby roses instead.

      Bev claimed she wasn’t having a good drawing day – but many of us wish we could do such a not good drawing! This is delightful!

    Ken shared his new business cards with us – 15 different images, mostly from his sketches. Then Satoko was back to her watercolor.

     Barb Sh really got into negative space for the white calla lilies!

   Tricia shared her sketch from Crooked River – done in watercolor first, then ink lines on top. Next she drew all the rose arches here:


      Meanwhile, Ken was having a great time doing the gazebo sketch with his brush pen. What a wonderful stylized version!

Trading Sketch Ideas at Tradewinds

Tradewinds @ Jiffy, Eugene, OR

    At our newest favorite place! Jan, Barb So, Erik, Ken (at the counter), Satoko, Judith, Danita, Barb Sh, Marsha, Helga; Jane, Ken, Erik, Satoko, & the top of Judith’s head.

       Barb So and Helga got right down to sketching.

       Jan demonstrates her secret technique to laying down lines with Tombo markers, a little nudge with a wet finger tip, and there it is!

   Barb Sh finished her Medieval Faire page started in Todi (note her dog making a cameo), and shared her journal evolution style with Danita and Marsha McCloskey (Ken’s friend, new to the group).

        Marsha enjoyed chatting with Ken (while Barb Sh chatted with Erik), took some notes, and even got some sketches done! Welcome.

        Danita showed us her sketch from Iris Vineyards, we were fascinated by her colored pencil case, & enjoyed her latest sketch.

    Erik moved quickly from concept, laying down color, & completion!

    Jan commandeered the camera and caught Jane sketching her carrot cake muffin, and then the peony bud & vase she’d brought.

     Satoko sketched the muffin, too, and Judith drew both the peony and Jane beyond the vase – can you see her?

   Ken challenged Barb Sh to sketch his Mediterranean plate, which she took on immediately.

   Penelope showed up, and after chatting with Satoko & Judith, she and Ken challenged each other to a sketch-off! Subject? Each other.

        Here’s how Ken’s sketch of Penelope evolved.

     And here’s how Penelope’s sketch of Ken evolved – see top of second page, which quickly became peopled with more people!