It’s all how you choose to view it

Tradewinds Cafe @ Jiffy, Eugene, OR

     Nice to be in a sheltered heated place “outside!”

Bev, Marsha, Peggy, & artifacts of Jane at the first table.

      Bev started it with a tree outside.

          Marsha added another musician, then drew the tree, too.

       For Peggy, it was all about the tree.

      Jane sketched a little bit of everything.

Bill, Jim, & Katie were at the next table.

      Bill gets a lot of mileage out of his watercolor pencils – nice style.

     Jim sketched what was in front of him, then OMG the crab!

      Katie’s dog was fairly unobtrusive – great model for her, though!

Erik, Hugh, Laura, & Helga do some chatting before sketching.

   Erik is such a master at using wax crayons, even though they’re hard.

   Rather than direct application, Hugh uses a water brush with them.

       Laura loves the new Urban Sketchers book, loves people & the dog.

    Helga brought her view with her – wish we were there, myself.

    Lynda liked a cluster of mushrooms, and had great fun with them.

      Serge is into adding watercolor to architecture – great effect!

       Barb Sh & Lealan munching, then here’s her sketch of Laura!

    Barb Sh finished her Italy trip cover page; the adventure goes on.

      Jude & Daisy prove that you don’t have to know what it is to sketch.

   And look who stopped by! We always appreciate tips from Ken.

Back at Camas Bakery in the fog.

Camas Country Mill Bakery & Schoolhouse

       Don’t know how this division happened! Serge, Jim, Erik, Hugh; Danita, Laura, Marsha, Katie, Sandy, Peggy, Bev, Lealan.

      Serge

      Jim

      Erik

      Hugh

      Danita

      Laura

      Marsha

      Katie

      Sandy

    Jane

      Peggy

      Bev

      Lealan

      Lona

   Lynda

Sketching At Camas Bakery

Camas Country Mill Bakery, Junction City, OR

I thought I uploaded this page, but it disappeared!  Here are the highlights of our sketch meeting there:

   Danita, Hugh, Katie, Marsha, Peggy, Serge, Sandy; Jane & Danita.

      Daisy with her quilt made of sketches from our Italy sketch trip.

       Sketches by Danita.

      Sketches by Hugh.

      Sketches by Katie.

      Sketches by Marsha.

      Sketches by Peggy.

       Sketches by Jane.

   Sketches by Serge.

   Sandy sketching.

  Sketches by Serge.

     Lynda & her sketches.

   Bev & sketches.

    Daisy’s sketches.

Finding sketching props at the Market

5th St. Market, Eugene, OR

   There’s a view for everyone at 5th St. Market, and if we don’t like the view, we find props for sketching!

        Bev liked the view out onto the upper patio, and had fun adding an autumn look to her pre-stamped page. Delightful!

      Lona and Ellen played with props – here Ellen works on autumn leaves using watercolor pencils, & doing direct wet pencil to page.

   Michelle looks over her mom’s shoulder to see her reminiscing about the trip to Italy, adding color to her adventure in Todi.

      Michelle was fresh from mom-duty – her daughter had a broken finger! And it got duly documented in Michelle’s sketch.

     Lealan took a moment to catch up with Barb Sh and Michelle. Here’s the sketch she was working on in preparation for block printing.

   Earlier, Erik & Barb Sh were looking at each other’s work, and exchanging ideas. Here’s Erik’s preliminary sketch of the day.

     Barb Sh was showing Erik her journal entries from her Lewis & Clark adventure this summer, then she did a left-handed sketch of Danita!

      And here’s Danita, doing up close work with autumn leaves that Jane picked up in the parking lot – she really makes them dance.

   Here’s Jane’s sketch of the leaves (& props from downstairs), along with the cover of the hatching texture book Patti has been using.

           Patti really uses hatching to excellent effect – here she’s playing with techniques for the photo of the leaf she has on her phone.

       Sandy was sitting next to Patti, and enjoying sharing the sketches she just completed this morning about her recent trip to Peru.

    Hugh was on the Peru trip, too, and here he is looking through his photos for sketching subjects to add to his travel sketchbook.

.         Across from Hugh, Bill and Jim were busy talking and sketching. Bill was sketching buildings, then back to people – Serge & Hugh.

   Jim often refers to travel magazines for inspiration – that display of fruits is a challenge! Be interesting to see it when he adds color, too.

      Serge was at the opposite end of the table, sketching Erik & Barb Sh! Then he got in a sketch of Danita’s interesting travel palette.

     Barb So, Marsha, Daisy, & Peggy were at the table next to Serge. Here’s Barb So’s sweet sketch of the sweets she got just for a prop.

          Marsha was on a roll sketching people – Erik, Bill, Jim, Danita, & Jane. Interesting to see how she develops her sketch with color & detail.

      Daisy dutifully sketched her croissant “prop,” then Hugh’s hat (“Can you tell I’m a knitter?”), then her pocket of colored pencils!

   Meanwhile, Peggy resorted to a series of Zentangle rectangles, justifiable doodles as a design exploration!

Dia de los Muertos Sketch Visit

Maude Kerns Art Gallery, Eugene, OR

Lona and Bill view a very traditional Dia de los Muertos altar at the gallery – candles, skulls, foods, photos, & flowers.

      Some famous local artists had altars made to remember them – Bev Soasey, Lottie Streisinger – an exceptional way to remember them.

   The staff had set up a table with chairs for us – here are Katie, Jim, Bill & Erik appreciating a comfortable work surface.

         Daisy sketches on her feet – a very unique altar in the other room which made you wonder about the stories, & bits of images/wisdom.

     And there in the corner was Ellen! Nice to see her again. She’s busy sketching the altar devoted to Maude Kerns herself.

      Lona was tucked in a corner of an altar to a local tarot card reader, but focused on the stained glass window, drawn to the color.

      Bev found a chair on the stage to record icons and images which were abundantly displayed all around her. Wonderful captures!

      Laura started out with the side room altars, but fell in love in the gift shop with all the designs of items available for purchase.

  Meanwhile, Katie was busy adding to her “Inktober” sketchbook challenge – today’s topic: “Legend.” Perfect for sketching here!

   Jim likes sketching in his large 9″ X 12″ sketchbook, so it’s an eclectic mix and he keeps them straight by dating each one. Good idea!

      Bill travels extensively, using his sketchbook as a combination journal and image collector – it makes for fascinating viewing.

          Erik started by examining an altar devoted to past pets. The colors led him to start sketching a semi-abstracted autumn trees series!

      Jane was happy to be back to using the frames format in her square sketchbook, & happy to leave the coloring to the viewer.

      What’s this! Daisy is showing her quilt squares with images from her recent sketch trip to Italy – she used Derwent Intense colored pencils, & set the color with a special gel. Now to put them together!

 

Sketchers Return from Italy!

5th St. Market, Eugene, OR

As you can see, there was a bit of a to-do welcoming people back from the sketch tour in Italy, and trying to catch up with those who stayed in Eugene sketching. The unicorn “hat” Ken has on? Ask him!

   Sharing sketchbooks: Barb So, Bev, Ken, Erik, Bitty, Laura, Daisy; Katie, Daisy, Serge, Marsha.

     Lealan & Lona talk about photos taken in Italy, then Lealan shared her sketchbook with Serge.

    Barb So brought her Italy sketchbook from a couple of years ago, then got to see recent sketches Serge did (this on from Moscow).

    Katie was interested to see what Bev had been sketching – here’s a favorite of her from when they were at Camas Mill Bakery.

      Looks like Laura is sketching the hanging flowers outside – “Yes,” she said, “I’m kind of into flowers lately.” What a fun floral page!

        Daisy got right back into sketching using her wine colored marker. “Hmm, the shadow doesn’t look right,” she said, so she fixed it.

     Bitty and Peggy were busy sketching, too – those hanging flower baskets outside, and the tree in the planter. Interesting treatments!

Courtyard has something for everyone to sketch!

Oakway Mall Courtyard, Eugene, OR

  This is one of our favorite spots for sketching – lovely diversity.

     Barb So, Lona, Katie, Sandy; Daisy & Bev.

   Erik, Hugh, Marsha; Sandy & Jane.

     Jim, Bill, Bitty; Laura, Lona, Ken, Katie.

   Peggy & Beth; Sandy & Satoko.

And now, sketch work in alphabetical order by artist’s first name:

   Barb So.

      Beth

   Bev

   Bill

    Bitty

     Daisy

      Erik

      Hugh

   Jane

   Jim

      Katie

   Laura

      Lona

      Marsha

      Peggy

      Sandy

Pardon the lack of commentary, but the webmaster is busy packing for a sketch trip to Italy. More after Oct. 2!

Cool Sketching on a Hot Day

Saginaw Vineyards, Saginaw, Oregon

We wanted to see the Plein Air Painters show here, and enjoyed everything about the place, too!

     Sandy & Hugh enjoyed using their sketching tripods, while Laura and Marsha appreciated the awning shade available on the lawn.

         Jane’s attention was demanded by the resident cat, while Daisy got intrigued by the grape vines, and what was Lona looking at…

      Sharon was early sketching in the field, then came back to sketch the cat, who, while charming, wasn’t a very cooperative model.

      Sandy started sketching Sharon in the field with the barn beyond, then got diverted by the scene of Daisy in the vines. Nice color!

        Hugh quickly did a contour sketch to the scene (with Sharon in it!), then added color from his water soluble wax crayons for liveliness.

      Laura was delighted with the old stove in the bushes, then moved on to the front of the barn with its charming entry.

         After a preliminary pencil layout, Marsh uses her wine colored ink Copic pen to outline, then Prisma colored pencils – great effect!

         Here’s what Lona was looking at! She did a list pencil outline, then ink, and finally layers of paint – this isn’t done, it will be intense!

          Daisy started with plums, then apples, then vines, and finished off the page with the Saginaw Vineyard logo – wonderful page.

        With the cat off her lap, Jane was able to do some quick little sketches in (& out) of the frames format. It was great fun.

    And then we had lunch there – fabulous soups, a great plate of cheese & crackers, olives &  pickled herring. Let’s come back!

Back at the U – what do YOU see?

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

    We gathered & then spread out – Laura, Peggy, Bitty, Marsha; Hugh, Sandy (& their ever present bikes), Marsha.

   Laura and Bev captured random images around campus.

     Daisy’s images all came from the Museum of Art – fun overlay!

     Jane came with an idea in mind, then went wild with campus icons.

   Peggy captured the window of the office where she used to work.

   Marsha kept adding incredible buildings to her page, reminiscing.

   Bitty decided her sketch was a bit to bright, so added some glazing!

     Hugh was into buildings, too, but Sandy saw a sculpture – nice work.

Woodsy Sketching – a departure!

Forest Haven, Oregon

Deep in the woods amid vineyards and farm lands west of Eugene, we went at Mike & Danita’s for sketching and lunch, too!
Hugh, Sandy, Bev, Barb So., Danita, Marsha. More of us elsewhere.

And here’s Mike at the barbecue, getting lunch ready for us!

      Hugh sketched the view of their house (built by Mike’s architect father), looking through the mossy tree (& sketchers, of course).

     Sandy (a potter) focused on the fero-concrete sculpture Mike made just beyond the barbecue – it was quite a wild creation!

     After quick sketches to capture the essence of the place, Bev said she just went crazy with “blind” contour drawings of us.  WOW!

     Barb So sketched some of the people in the forested context, but then had to put up with the people moving – no respect from models.

     When Danita wasn’t touring us about, or fixing lunch, she finished her sketch from 5th St. Market, and started a new watercolor.

    Marsha was intrigued with the view of the house seen through the trees, too. No reason not to use tools when you want straight line!

          Brooke, Danita’s jeweler friend, joined us – no surprise that she fell for the texture of the tree – a terrific sketch job. Sketch with us again.

      Jim made a successful leap from doing architecture based sketches to doing b&w ink sketches of trees, mushrooms, and ferns. Wowza!

      Daisy, on the deck above him, chose the same subjects, but in watercolor, & watercolor pencil heightened by water brush touches.

           And Jane? When she wasn’t running around taking photos, she was doing little vignettes of what she was seeing at Forest Haven. Nice.

Then there was lunch. What a fabulous treat. Thanks so much!