#8 TD Zoom Meeting – always something new

Zooming from home

Danita, Jane, Daisy, Marsha, Hugh, Laura, Sandy, Bev, Barb So.& Rita. Barb S-N visited & showed us some watercolor work.

       Danita did 4 views of crystal by moving the book 1/4 turn! She also did color swatches for her inherited pastels – great idea.

      Jane’s 5 min. sketch, then she took colored pencil to it. Now the question of how do you take a photo of an accordion sketchbook!

        The last of Daisy’s neighbor’s decorations (they’re coming down!). Next the beginning of a design spread…what will be added?

      First Marsha’s 5 min. sketches (you can tell she really know her colored pencil stuff!), then Bitty’s (a dracaena) with wax crayons.

Hugh is moving toward abstract by sketching on top of maps.  Laura is trying woodless Koh-I-Noor colored pencils – nice layering!

     Sandy’s doing a sketch every day – she did the figure one day in the middle one, background next day.   5th St  is a great place for people .      

      Bev is finding all kinds of things to draw around her in Brookings. She’s always been one of our most prolific sketchers. She’s back!

   Rita did a great 5 min sketch of her shears (later coloring the handle yellow!), and tried a loose watercolor of mushrooms before inking.

#7 TD Zoom Meeting – new challenges

Just because we’re sketching from home doesn’t mean we’re not taking classes, giving each other ideas, presenting challenges…

Marsha, Jane, Danita, Sandy, Hugh, Bev, Rita, Bitty, Lealan, Daisy, Barb So, Katie, Laura.

   Bitty is taking a watercolor class through OAS – watercolor washes, divide them, turn pieces, add to them. Except that last one – WOW!

     Katie had done the class before, and had an answer for how do you frame or mount these things! Click on the directions to use.

      Marsha’s taking the class, too, and shared the 5 minute sketch challenge.  Laura did a field trip & spent as long as she wished.

      Barb So’s sketches show that staying a home doesn’t have to be boring – a concert on tv, the striking bird out the window, & leaves.

     Please click to enlarge these delightful sketches from Bev who’s living down at the coast now, & seeing interesting things to sketch.

  Daisy brings her interest in sketching to her quilt making – here are some quilt blocks to capture memories of 2021, sketched in b&w.

      Staying at home for Danita means lots of room outside to explore. She’s also exploring how to add text to her sketchbook pages. Nice!

      Staying home for Hugh always means daily walking, too. That artist’s eye is busy wherever he is: desk, owl in a tree, autumn leaves.

      Jane is on a search for the “perfect” daily sketchbook. A small (4×6″) accordion fold can be one day or two. Larger 8″ square folds out too.

       Lealan has been busy capturing holiday lights with watercolor, present wraping with markers, and the eagle in a tree in b&w.

      Rita was playing with a layout for her annual “travel” (at home) journal, a crystal vase of ornaments, and a dear young friend.

     Sandy took the advice “sketch what’s in front of you” seriously – veggies on the counter top, her own feet in socks, breakfast muffin.

#6 Zoom Meeting of TD Sketchers

From the comfort of our own homes, zooming:

Marsha, Jane, Barb So, Daisy, Rita, Laura, Hugh, Bev, Sandy, Bitty, Danita all signed in. It was nice to have Rita here from California.

      Barb So stepped out of her comfort zone using black paper, and to great effect! Way to go! Then a sweet ceramic cat in watercolor.

   Bev sketched the things around her – lemons on her tree in Brookings, forest detritus, and her blooming camellia.  Lovely.

   Bitty sketched things around her, too, including the Burchell’s Sandgrouse she saw on a field trip. Nice diversity of sketches!

   Daisy’s back skulking around her neighborhood continuing to capture holiday decorations. And she’s started a new quilt!      

Danita waits until she’s finished a sketchbook before she does the first two entry pages – what a delightful sketch, as well as good  idea!

Last page of Hugh’s sketchbook! It’s been a challenge to find views that use both pages, but he was determined and quite a success.

      Jane usually does daily gratitude sketches at about 3″, clustered on a 9″x12″ page, but the poinsettia sketch demanded more space! Hmm.

   Laura did a sketch of a table decoration from a friend, and Rita did a sketch of a friend’s previous house (& had to explain to owners!).

   Marsha started with a simple line drawing, then added “scribbles” using the Carbon Pen (pictured) and color to turn this into “WOW!”

     This guy’s puffy coat & mask hanging from his ear fascinated Sandy. The dogs belong to her grandson, & featured a birthday card for him.

Zoom #5 – Winter & Holiday Themes

Zooming from the comfort of our homes!

Marsha, Jane, Danita, Laura, Bev, Daisy, Barb So, Hugh, & Bitty.

             Daisy continues to add to her sketches of neighbor’s decorations.    

           Barb So stayed close to home with her sketches, including her dogs’ favorite new toy – a bright pink pig! Lovely sketches as always.

     Laura always makes felt ornaments for a group of friends who have gotten together at Christmas, & did a sketch of them this year, too.

      Jane does her small daily gratitude sketches on a 9″X 12″ detached sheets of paper, with varying success in sketch arrangement.

      Bitty did some sketching from a video demonstration about mushrooms, then showed us some evocative land & sea scapes.

     Danita continued to do documentation of the buildings on their property, and her husband Michael showed a sketch from his book in process tentatively called “Why Things Fall Down.”

        Marsha chose an old family favorite decoration to sketch; Hugh the old county courthouse; Sandy tried a new perspective for tea break.

Zoom #4 – new discoveries

Meeting from the convenience of our own homes, & glad to see one another: Marsha, Jane (who needs to remember to take screen shots instead of camera ones), Bev, Laura, Hugh, Katie, Sandy, Daisy, Danita, & Barb So.

      Last meeting there was an interest expressed in hand carved stamps, so Jane brought her carving materials, stamps, & samples of stamping used for images, backgrounds, and in collage.

   Barb So is experimenting with colored pencil on black paper – isn’t it delightful?  And Sandy has a new bird to bring to life, watercolor.

Hugh continues to experiment with water soluble wax crayons on color tinted paper – gray paper here, book open to  landscape view.

    Daisy’s new venture is mapping her neighborhood and doing sketches of all the holiday decorations. A book is coming here!     

        Danita is sketching her neighborhood, too – her immediate neighborhood! Their house, discoveries on the ground, their yurt.

     Katie is getting prepared for teaching another zoom watercolor class, so this is to demonstrate the development of a sketch.

         Marsha keeps refining her skills, first with an ink & watercolor of holiday decorations, then an iPad sketch of a guy on tv.  Great!

    And Laura’s discovering one of the strategies of a home-bound sketcher: sketch from photos! Fun lighthearted approach.


Zoom Sharing of Sketches – FUN!

3rd Zoom Meeting

Marsha, Jane, Laura, Danita, Hugh, Sandy, Daisy, & Katie.

          Jane was happy to report that she’d found a paper that would scan white on her scanner – Bee! A page of daily gratitude sketches, then the next sketch on the back side, which buckled a bit due to water.

Hugh captured the rebel tree among those with leaves on ground.

    Laura sketched what was in front of her at a friend’s house, & Sandy captured her breakfast this morning! Both charming sketches.

  Daisy & Katie were getting into the holiday spirit – Daisy sketching in her neighborhood, and Katie doing the advent candles.


Danita got into using rubber stamps with her sketches. First ones that are commercial, and lastly one truly done by hand. She used thick watercolor for the stamps, which seemed to work well.


Meanwhile, Bev had difficulty getting into the Zoom meeting, but sent her sketches to share with us all. Next time she’ll be with us.

Zoom Adds Scope to Sharing

2nd TD Zoom meeting

Here are the folks who shared this Zoom meeting: Marsha, Jane, Hugh, Barb So., Daisy, Bev, Sandy, Bitty, Danita, & Laura.

        Barb So. and Sandy took that advice of “sketch what’s in front of you” to heart! Makes you wish you were there, too.

       Here are vignettes from Bev’s new abode. We all got a kick out of her pre-stamped dotted page that she used to sketch her lemons.

Ken couldn’t make it to the meeting, but sent a sketch he just did.

Danita took a step outside her door – she’s surrounded by woods!    

        Daisy went to the members’ show at Maude Kerns, but unhappy with colored pencils being so light, she went home & tried again!

Bitty shared a favorite view, perfect for wet on wet watercolors!

While Hugh was out walking, this view of the US Court House caught his eye – quite a challenge with curving metal, odd angles!

     Jane has been frustrated with getting her daily sketches to scan as white paper. New hot press paper is thin, buckles with water, has markers showing through. Thank heaven for PhotoShop, she says.

       Marsha has two favorite neighbors who walk together. She did a preliminary sketch but wanted to go further, so took it to class:

      They used frisket resist in class, and she was urged stop stop here.

      But Marsha wanted more color & details, so she started over at home. The thing we noted was how she kept the gestural effects so lively & true in each of them! Which one do you prefer?

Trial Zoom Meeting for TD Sketchers

Zooming from home, wherever you are! This is our antidote to being in lockdown because of the virus numbers going up.

Marsha (the host), Jane, Bev, Daisy, Barb So, Bitty, Hugh, Sandy,
Danita. We had a lot to learn, & Marsha was a good teacher!

      Here are our screen shares by: Marsha, Jane, & Sandy, all on the Thanksgiving theme.

        Barb So and Bitty were thinking about food, too. Wonder why…

      Bitty had another from Willow Creek. Danita had two versions from recent travels, and Bev joined us from Brookings with great trees!

 Hugh had us laughing – perfect subject for a 2 page spread!

Daisy (one of the quilters in the group) says she can do two of these every zoom meeting – she only needs 90 for a quilt. NINETY!!!

We’re definitely going to try this again!

Last Outdoor Sketching for Awhile

Oakway Center Courtyard, Eugene, OR

Starting Nov. 18, Oregon is going on Covid lockdown, so we won’t be trying to meet outside until things calm down. We’ll miss us!

Nearly all of us: Hugh, Bitty, Marsha, Laura, Barb Sh, Peggy, Jim.

           Jane (with pork tacos from Johnny Ocean), Barb Sh, & Bitty.

      Daisy on her feet moving around, Jim, Laura.

      Marsha sketching on her iPad, Peggy, & Sandy.

     Hugh checking to see where Sandy is, and his two page spread. Wow

      Barb’s tree from last week – great bark texture! And this week’s tree, surrounded by her journaling about the day (must print out to read!)

      Bitty remarked how much she was enjoying sketching in the 3 color sketchbook we got for a workshop that didn’t happen due to Covid.

      Daisy’s getting fast on her feet! She was layering colored pencil to get the right shade of green. Great sketch with wine colored ink!

      Jane’s pretty fast on her feet, too, taking photos & still squeezing in time to do some sketches of the decor around the courtyard.

      Jim got color on his sketch from last week, started a new one of cars, but then back to the former sketch – must go darker!

       Like many of us today, Laura’s eye caught on the decorated lamps – but hers were front and center! Nice addition of the oak leaf, too.

   Marsha is getting quite adept at using her iPad for sketching (here she caught Daisy sketching in the courtyard).

         After succumbing to the lure of the decorated lamp, Marsha was back to sketching people – first the outline, then the color.

        Peggy did a detailed ink drawing of the tree, then a loose application of watercolor. What next to draw? Well, the decorated lamp!

      Sandy’s default is to draw people – no noses in these masked sketchers to deal with!  Marsha, Peggy, Barb Sh, & Jane.

Masked Sketchers Search for Shelter

Morse Family Farm, & Tugman Park, Eugene, OR

Finding shelter from the elements is getting more difficult with competing groups. We started here: Bitty, Laura, Sandy, Barb Sh, Peggy, Marsha. Jane behind camera, Jim yet to arrive. 1 hour here.

      Barb Sh, Bitty sketching outside, Jane taking pics in the wind.

         Marsha, Jim, & Peggy took advantage of the shelter – nice option.

   Sandy & Laura sketched outside until the rain brought them in.

   Barb Sh started sketching with her non-dominant hand to assure a loose approach. Come back next week for the water application!

   Speaking of water, Bitty prefers to do direct watercolor sketching. She’s been gone, and said it was great to get back into sketching.

      Jane took on the still smoldering fireplace with all its odd angles.

      Marsha sketched it from a slightly different angle, &  colored pencil.

     Jim started with the view from the shelter, then from a travel mag.

      Peggy had space on a previous page, so incorporated this view, too.

   Laura was looking into the woods, started watercolor & rain started.

      Sandy was looking across the street, & finished her sketch at home.

Then the rain came, & the next group, so some of us went to Tugman.

        Jim finished his sketch, & Peggy sketched another tree – evergreen!

               Laura finish watercoloring the Morse sketch, & started a new tree.

        A kid in a frog rain suit caught Jane’s eye, & moms & kids under tree.

a sketching group