There’s Always Something to Sketch Around Us!

5th St. Market, Eugene, OR

    We love the tables in the window – Hugh, Sandy, Barb Sh, Daisy, Katie, Erik, Bev, Penny & Hugh again (with Jane behind the camera).

        Hugh was busy sketching the whole time! First the outside structure, then the memory of a neighbor’s tree, and the last page!

        Jane said she bought the fruit Danish purely for modeling purposes (but it also gave her an incentive to finish the sketch!).

      Sandy did the same with a great looking Bear Claw.

        Barb Sh found elegance in the mundane, as she added cafe chairs to her existing sketch. Look how they came to life with color!

        Daisy took the conversation about Urban Sketchers to heart and started sketching the heating vent above us – wow.

          Katie had a colorful page to show us, then went on to add a sketch from outside the window and started adding color there, too. Nice.

          Bev had pre-stamped her page, added the corn, and then the little toy Erik brought. “It’s not a squid! It’s an octopus,” he said. Oh.

              And on closer examination…Erik’s sketch starts to emerge, too.

     Penny started by finishing a sketch from home, then couldn’t resist the octopus, too, and the fascinating reflection on the table.

But wait, there are more! Satoko, Tricia, and Penelope (in constant movement) commandeered a table for sketching, too.

        Penelope brought her sketches from the forest fire in Central Oregon (the black was from burnt wood in her yard), then set to.

        Tricia caught us up on past sketches (including the twisty glass jar from Perugino), and then began an autumn watercolor sketch.

          Satoko showed Barb Sh photos of her Tuscany workshop site (next fall), then started sketching nearby people at the tables.

Then Barb Sh wowed us with the design she created to show off postage stamps that were just too interesting to throw away.

Packed in at Perugino’s

Perugino’s, Eugene, OR

Eventually, there were actually 14 people who showed up to sketch today, and heard Ken hold forth on interesting topics.

      Lona doesn’t believe in “sketch first, eat later,” but her sketch didn’t appear to suffer from it – vibrant and juicy!

           Jane was sitting next to Barb So, Bev, & Danita – her sketch.

     Barb So sketched her house, & Bev another Perugino scene.

    Danita dutifully completed her sketch before she ate her quiche!

       Ken is checking out the blue cords on the doorway, while Lealan looks and a finished sketch, & then does the “Easter” pumpkins.

     Hugh and Erik are into landscapes and trees.

     Erik’s friend Jean did a nice sketch of the gals at the table!

     And at the far table were Katie, Sandy, Daisy, & Tricia, but the photographer only caught Sandy trying to catch a moving model.


Sketching from Italy with Love

Perugino’s, Eugene, Oregon

First, the report from Italy:

This is Lealan’s accordion book summary – colorful and wonderful, just like the sketch trip with Ken to Umbria, Sept. 15 – Oct. 5, 2017.

And here we are with a little bit of Italy at Perugino’s: Hugh, Sandy, Lealan, Bev, Ken, Daisey, Erik (who had to leave early, & Jane behind the camera).

     Bev carefully laid out her sketch to a very nice effect.

    I I thought maybe Lealan was channeling Picasso when she picked up the brush pen, but wait, there’s more!

        Daisey chose the design on the table at first, and then went to a display on a nearby shelf – a bit more of a challenge.

        Ken often works out of several sketchbooks at a time, and this one had a background color application which he really made work.

Here’s what Sandy and Hugh had been doing when Jane walked in the door.


Then Hugh split off to do a sketch of what caught his eye when traveling in Europe.

        Sandy was eager to try out Jane’s new colored pencils – Caran d’Ache Museum Quality watercolors. Wow!

Between jet lag and the Italy group cold, Jane was barely comatose, so we’ll forgive her for only managing to do an almost readable color chart of her new colored pencils.

Color in the Courtyard

New Day Bakery Courtyard, Eugene, OR

    Here’s how the group started out – Sandy & Hugh; Jane’s sketchbook, Barb So, Ellen Gabehart, Lona, Barb Sh, and Penny.

And here’s how the group ended: Barb Sh, Bev, Sandy, Hugh, Ken, Ellen, and Lona (Jane behind the camera). Lealan came later.

     Barb Sh & Lona shared their finished sketches from last week – Barb put the country name as they use it on top of their flags.

          Sandy sketched the old tree trunk, and here’s how it turned out.

       Hugh did a different tree next to an umbrella (& doesn’t it glow!).

      Ken chose that tree, too, but with a different approach – go darker!

       Barb Sh was eager to show Ken her finished page (see above), as well as her two page flip animation. Then she sketched a toy she brought.

    Penny got a lot of her sketch done before she had to leave, and here are her bright models.

         Bev sketched the marigolds, too, and didn’t they turn out great!

     Lona’s sketch was a mystery outline until she added color – oh! the wonderful artist’s bags, of course!

          Barb So & Ellen chat – Barb started with an umbrella-table sketch, then ended with those vibrant morning glories.

       Ellen’s a real people-person, so she included people under the umbrella, paying attention to texture in the background – nice!

       Jane did the table-umbrella, and added some flowers. Then both she and Bev were charmed by a dog sitting across the way patiently waiting for bits of his owner’s scone. And see, there’s Lealan!

Finding Food for Thoughtful Sketching

Food Court, Valley River Center, Eugene, OR

   Hugh, Erik, Sandy; Daisy, Lona, Daisy’s sister-in-law. Erik had to leave early, and the sister-in-law was a resistant sketcher. Too bad.

     Barb So with her sketch from her home; Jane’s sketch where she is deciding whether to include the cup container or not…

Penny, Hugh, Marsha, Sandy, & Barb Sh, all hard at work!

      Marsha works at capturing the elusive shape of the sculpture, and Sandy sketches one the “models” at a nearby table.

       Daisy uses a bunch of us for models in a fun lively sketch.

    Lona gets literal in sketching whatever is in front of her!

        Penny refers to a photo on her iPhone, first a flower, then a bird – and oh, look at that heron take on life!

       But Barb Sh is still off reliving her latest trip adventure. Wow.

Is this a class? Uh, no, we just like to sketch together!

5th St. Market, downstairs, Eugene, OR

     Some people come by just to say hello even if they don’t have time to sketch with us, but here are the folks in action: Sandy, Barb So, Barb Sh, Daisy, Marsha, Hugh, and at the other table were Erik, Lona, & Ken.  Jane’s behind the camera, and Satoko and Marsha stopped by.

      Hugh started it off with a blueberry Danish, & Sandy joined in. Hugh is enjoying his black toned paper sketchbook.

    Hugh even started another sketch of the pastry before he ate it, and here’s Sandy proudly showing her finished sketch to us.

      Jane was inspired by the pastry, too – a Kouign-Amann!

       Barb So started on the pastry, too, then remembered to show us eclipse glasses she’d sketched, and added toenail polish to her foot.

          Barb Sh quickly sketched a fellow across the room tasting wine. She uses a water soluble brown ink, then touches it with the waterbrush. And then Lealan sneaked in and started sketching Barb!

         Daisy started by sketching what was in front of her, and ended by doing a chart to show how her watercolor pencils will hide or reveal the color beneath them when touched with the waterbrush.

         Marsha brought a photo along as her inspiration, and look how that sketch evolved – pencil, pen, and colored pencil. Lovely!

        Erik chatted with Sandy before sitting down at the next table with Lona, and sketching his view of patterns out the window!

          Lona captured a vibrant display she saw as she walked in, and when I exclaimed, she said, “you have to show what it took to get there!”

And here’s what it took for Lona to finish her sketch – wow!

        Ken choose the pear tart, and here’s the payoff for completion!

       Meanwhile, behind the scenes, Barb Sh. was sharing her fabulous unfolding comic sketchbook story about her trip to Italy to Ken, Satoko, and Lealan. We all loved her production – way to go!

Too Many Things to Sketch!

Oakway Mall Courtyard, Eugene, OR

       Erik & Hugh check in with each other, then the rest get started: Daisy, Barb So, Marsha, Sandy, Bev, Barb Sh, Lona, Erik, & Penny.

        Barb Sh is eager to show Daisy & Sandy her latest comic strip version of her last Italy trip – Erik enjoyed it, too. Here’s a peek!

           Daisy started a color chart of her watercolor pencils, then drew an example of how Barb Sh did her book, and finally a sketch on top.

       Hugh stayed focused the whole time – he really captured the scene.

        Lona did a close-up of the same pot, then took on the chairs – yikes!

        Bev may be the fastest sketcher of us all – not just these two, but the two below, too!


       It’s so interesting to see how Marsha’s sketches develop – she even got some color down this time – lovely!

         Tricia was tempted by the black-eyed Susans, too, but just had to get a closer look – how do you DO that mass of flowers! Oh, like this.

    Penny didn’t get to stay long, but we got a look at her finished rooster from 5th St. Market, & the beginning of today’s sketch.

      The masses of flowers and pots were just too much for Barb So, I guess, so she resorted to sketching her foot in her sandals!

    Barb Sh was off in another land, reliving a recent cruise.

        Meanwhile, Sandy was chortling about artistic license as she put together her sketch of the store door and sign.

And what was Jane doing? Her gratitude sketch for the day.


Sketching Short and Sweet

Oakway Mall Courtyard, Eugene, OR

        At first it looked like just some of the same old players – Lona and Erik captured by Sandy’s camera – what a lovely day for sketching!

       Then Tomomi came with her children to sketch with us – here’s her son showing his sketching prowess – well done!

      Tomomi’s daughter chose to sketch some of the colorful flowers, and here’s Tomomi with her own sketch of lantern & hanging baskets.

We always enjoy having new sketchers with us (& especially kids).

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?