5th St. Market, Eugene, OR
Full City Coffee, Eugene, OR
What did we do before the days of technology! We’d planned to meet at a new coffee-tea shop, but turns out it doesn’t open until 11:00! Since we meet at 9:30, we texted folks & went over to Full City – here’s Barb A, Hugh, Tricia, Barb Sh, and Penelope.
Whole Foods Market, Eugene, OR
We were in a new place with many of us having just returned from travels, so it was a bit of a scramble around the table: Tricia, Erik, Hugh, Ken, Satoko, Phyllis and Barbara Aten (Jane behind camera).
Erik arrived early, but could only stay a few minutes because of a Doctors appointment (which was turned out fine), and grabbed the only table that was open, next to the window. Hugh and Sandy showed up very soon, and started sketching as soon as Erik left, after catching up a little socially.
Hugh decided to work from a digital photo of a memorable event: Sandy bicycling along the road on one of the terrific adventures.
Looks like Sandy was drawing from a photo as well!
A mother at the next table drew our attention. she had the sweetest little girl with her.
And food, of course!
Jan drawing some decorations in the coffee Shop
So Hugh and Erik were the only Top Drawers to appear at Allan Brothers on Tuesday. We had a great conversation, and solved all of the worlds most pressing problems, but not where to meet next week. Hugh left it to me to decide, and I will, when I send out the email notice…..
Though Ken was not with us at Allan Bros, he was with us in spirit in Umbria, along with several of the TDs:
Tuesday, Hugh, Barbara, Jan, and Erik met at the Alan Brothers Coffee Shop on 5th Avenue across the street from the jail. It was a very pleasant gathering. Barbara and Hugh arrived first and got right to work; after getting coffee, of course.
Hugh was drawing an architectural detail of the rail and stair way.
Then Erik and Jan arrived. There was some discussion of which procedure to follow: order a treat and draw it before eating, or just eat it and draw whatever you want. No decision was made, though Erik went ahead and ate half the treat, which was not great, and would have looked better in a drawing. But he drew from memory in any case.
And finally, thank you Jan, for taking a few pictures while the primary photographer and organizer is away in Italy! And going ahead with your own sketch of the woman at the next table.
Well, there was a little confusion over the Top Drawers’ meeting spot this week. Perhaps it was because so many were on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, toodling around looking at art and sketching. Only Barb Sommers turned up at our originally determined site–Thistledown Farms–Sorry, Barb! no pictures yet from her….
At the last minute, Jan Brown and Erik Johnson thought that the New Day Bakery and World Cafe would be warmer and closer, though only Jan and Hugh showed up! Erik had other urgent responsibilities to attend to.
So there are a few pictures!
Here’s Hugh at work
And here’s what he’s working on:
And here’s a snap of Jan’s efforts.
And here’s a couple from the hardy travelers!
Barbara Shirk’s house, Eugene, OR
Barbara had a demo of how to use water soluble “dust” (Ken Oliver Crafts – Color Burst, or Colour Craft – Brusho). She used a stencil over the paper, poofed out some color dust, then spritzed it with water to reveal the color – you can fold your book or paper to get a reverse pattern. Then you have a background for sketching! Here’s Barb’s sample first, then Jane’s stencil work (& a stencil still carrying enough wet color to do a 3rd page, upon which she sketched).
Both Sandy and Renata enjoyed the process of sketching over the top of their colorful stenciled backgrounds, too – the last photo is of Renata’s playful flowers (inspired by the garden). We hope she’ll come back and sketch with us again, although Germany is far away.
5th St. Market, Eugene, OR
Erik gets a image onto his paper – a familiar (but somewhat sad) sight in Oregon – a clear cut hill. Those stumps really tell the story. Nice to have a sketch of the bright sun behind a forested hill above.
And speaking of artist connections, here’s our dear TD Joby clear across the world doing what we do, sketching (& biking). In the first photo she’s in Piata Amzei, Bucuresti; the second sketch is of Stjarisu, Transylvania, Romania. Thanks to her fabulously fit biking husband Jim for the photos. We love having artist support staff.
Barry’s Deli, Eugene, OR
Our meetings often start with catching up…
Barb Sh’s sketchbook included a “perhaps finished” David Helphand concert at the masoleum, as well as the courtroom of a recently observed trial. Sandy added her backyard ceramic tree & stone fountain to the sketch of the fellow she did last week.
Jane resisted immediate gratification (surprise!) by sketching her magic bar first. Fast. Penny got to sketch the empty container (and don’t you like the loose watercolor of a flower she did previously?).