Tomatoes, Tractors, Kids of Both Kinds and More

Lone Pine Farms, Junction City, OR

      Another produce outlet, along with goats and a kindergarten field trip. Yes, we had a lot to choose from for sketching!

     One of the highlights of our time together is sharing and learning from one another. We really cherish those times!

        Satoko is looking at the booklet of sketches Barb Sh put together after her recent cruise, and Barb Sh is adding more sketches.

       Satoko took the landscape view of Lone Pine Farms – so much to see.

     Marsha had a different angle on the nearer landscape, including the table in front of her! I think she’s going to add color, so check back!

     Barb So did a second sketch of the elephant planter from Cathy’s, then did today’s sketch on a pre-stamped/spattered page – perfect to hint at the windy day blowing dust and pollen around!

     Penny M finished her bird watercolor sketch before she turned to  the kindergarten kids’ scavenger hunt by the goats & the tractor.

      Bev sketched the lily pond, Daisy some treats just purchased, and Jane some produce from the market. What wonderful items!

      Marnie did an outstanding job of sketching the cluster of tomatoes.

     Lealan got to sample a bakery item from the store (yum!), while her friend Penny J got started on the farm scene in front of her.

     Then Lealan turned around to sketch the kindergarten kids and their chaperones eating lunch before their scavenger hunt. Fun for all!

Sketching at the Farm

Thistledown Farm, Junction City, OR

Behind the produce building, there is a wonderful courtyard, with hot houses to the left, and farm animals across the covered bridge.

       Marsha and Lealan, Bev, and Ken – lots to sketch, oh boy!

      Ken was sketching the covered bridge, then got into the poppies.

        Barb Sh was eager to share her sketches from a recent river trip with her sister (also a sketcher) in Europe – what an adventure!

        Marsha loved doing the poppies, enjoying the wonderful lines of the flower pods. What a glorious day to be sketching them.

       Bev was sorry she didn’t have her watercolors, but she made the markers work, and even used chalks in her last sketch! Way to go.

      Speaking of markers, Lealan said she thinks she’s getting the hang of them, and looking at this, I’d certainly agree with her!

      Jane said she was really feeling scattered, but she did a bunch of little sketches, using the last one for her daily gratitude sketch.

       Daisy found interesting things to draw inside the hot houses, but ended up in the courtyard with…the poppies, of course!


Meanwhile, Erik was recapturing a memory he had of the sun in the morning mist – “Does it work?”, he said. Wow, does it ever!

Backyard Sketching in Style

Cathy’s backyard, Eugene, OR

         Cathy & Ken greeted us at the door, treated us to scones, fruit, and coffee, making us feel very welcome. What a double pleasure.


    Erik brought a sketchbook and samples of sketches submitted for publication by his uncle, who must a been a wonderful role model.

       Danita was busy in a corner of the yard capturing the charming bird feeder. Look how she builds her sketch, layer by layer.

       Jane was at the end of the table looking at the treats (Jan, Erik, and the food beyond), sketching Ken’s grandmothers elephant planter.

      Jan and Barb So were busy sketching – Barb chose the elephant planter, too, but says she wants to add color to it.

        Jan shared a sketch of Erik from one of her old sketchbooks, then did her usual direct ink or marker to the paper. Wow, exquisite work.

Marcia and Bev started out in the full sunshine, the Marcia headed for shade:


        Here are Bev’s sketches – what a wonderful yard to sketch in!

        Marnie cleverly made some color swatches to guide her choices.

      Katie seriously got into detail – this is going to be interesting when she adds color to it – what a charming rendition!

      Barb SN showed up, welcome back! I think she enjoyed sketching and painting in the sun. She has a lovely loose style.

       Lealan took the path less traveled by and discovered a Buddha head in the foliage. She says she thinks she’s getting the hang of markers!

       It was great to have Tricia back with us. I’ve missed her full page, capture the moment sketches, so lively and rich in color and detail.

         Satoko even got in some sketch time among the socializing. So good to have her back with us, too.

All in all, we had a terrific time sketching together at Cathy’s. Thanks!

A Rosy Glow in Our Outside Sketching!

5th St. Market, Eugene, OR



The sun through the red umbrellas really does a trip!

      Erik’s completed sketch, and Marsha’s intermediate outline (oh those angles and perspective – where’s Satoko?).

      Daisy and Marnie both chose to sketch nearby clothing on display.

Bev (our overachiever) got in a two page spread of clothes – wow!

         Ken’s work really was blue ink on white paper, portrait studies.

        Laura was frustrated with her umbrella, and Ken offered to show her some tips. Look for dark & light contrasts – see how it turned out!

     Jane was working on negative space with water soluble ink (ack!), and Lona was applying her signature bold colors to a simple design.

      Lealan’s marker pens made the most of the colorful courtyard!

Looking Out at 5th St. Market

5th St. Market, Eugene, OR

    We’d hoped to be outside, but the weather is being erratic, so we’re back at out favorite window inside 5th St. Market.

    Barb So took a photo of one of the outside planters to help her get details straight. It’s nice to have that as an assist.

      Bev captured two scenes our the windows, and then brought colors over from one page to the other so that they were integrated.

    Daisy succumbed to the giant croissant au chocolate, but had the wisdom to cut it in half and get busy sketching it! Good choice.

      Danita’s sketch demonstrates  developmental steps, going from pencil to watercolor, to ink, and paying attention to contrasts.

      Helga was sketching from a photo, and did a great job of getting depth with darks and lights. Where’d that roofline come from???

     Jane was feeling rattled by a phone call, but sketching what was in front of her without overthinking it brought her out of the dumps.

       Ken came later in the morning and sure made up for lost time!

        Fun to see Laura’s sketch burst into full color – she said she had some helpful advice from Daisy in getting the colors to pop. It worked!

      It’s always so interesting to see Lona build her sketches – pencil sketch lines, then loose watercolors bring it to life. (Love that pot!)

       And Marsha is becoming the queen of the colored pencils! She keeps  a light hand and a sharp point, bringing in colors that make it sing.

Sketching at Tradewinds.

Tradewinds at Jiffy, Eugene, OR

It’s a bit hard to see through the plexiglass, but here we all are.


        Penny and Patti were sketching the huge tree across the street.

        Here’s Jane’s version of the tree, then a necklace sketch.

            Bev was trying out watercolor pencils, and got trees in, too.

    Erik got started on trees and shrubs, and Ken got busy on Erik!

     Barb Sh continued to build on a prior sketch page to include…wow!

       Here’s Marnie’s sketch of Marsha’s foot, Marsha’s finished sketch of the cemetery from last week, and Daisy’s sketch of teapot & cup.

        Katie’s sketch summed up our experience at Tradewinds – yummy.

And meanwhile, here’s what we received from the Larkins!

Bringing the Outside In

Tradewinds Cafe @ Jiffy, Eugene, OR

Earlier it seemed like such an apt decision to go to Hendrick’s Park to see the rhododendrons in bloom on May Day, but the reality of the chilly day sent us to a more protected setting!

   We do like the “outdoor” seating at Tradewinds, and quickly took over the place and got to sketching (along with coffee & treats).

    And look who’s here! Helga & Tutti (Jane’s dog) really hit it off, and Tutti was agreeable to posing. (Dogs are allowed not tied to tables.)

      Tutti helped Ken focus…way to go on that tree!

      Here’s Jane’s sketch of Tutti, and then of Ken’s coffee & treat.

     Sandy did a sketch of Ken, then tried a different white pen to get a stronger line on the black paper. It’s always an experiment!

        Helga was at the next table, bringing the outside in, thanks to her phone photos. She used ink and brought in colored pencils, too.

      Bev, next to her, was using a circle template, puzzled about group perspective, and got a kick out of comparing Tutti sketches.

       Marsha was doing a sketch from her photos of the historic cemetery behind Hope Abbey – we want to plan a sketch outing there for all.

And what were Erik & Hugh busing doing?

       Ah, see the photo of the old house in Hugh’s lap above – well done.

      Erick didn’t need to be in Hendrick’s Park to do a blooming scene!

      Barb So had a sketch of one of us from last week, then tackled the compliant Tutti for a charming sketch of him, too.

       Daisy was adding to her sketchbook, drawing in her lap under the table, and getting the tree across the street to come right on over!

         Lona launched right in on her painting of rhododendrons, bringing that garden item to life amid the sketchers. So loose & wonderful.

       Meanwhile, Barb Sh was sketching Lona’s feet, and what else? Well, Tutti, of course! And she does dogs so very well.

“Gallery” walk tops sketch outing

Café Yumm, 18th & Willamette, Eugene, OR

      Here we (mostly, except for late comers) are, all lined up in the Café Yumm inner courtyard. What a great place for our expansive group!

       First we got a report about Tomomi’s children’s recital, along with sketches made by Barb Sh and Marsha. They said it was delightful.

      At the end of the table, Sandy was deeply engrossed in sketching the mandarin oranges she placed in her hat – more dark! That works.

       Tulips were a recurring theme today – these by Barb So, and then she tried her hand at Sandy’s still life, too. Just a little dark really helps.

      Here are Hugh’s takes on tulips, too. The one on black pops!

      Marsha brought her sketch of tulips on black, then used a variety of colored pencils to do a people sketch – what fun results.

      Katie had done a tulip sketch earlier, and used the time to put some watercolor on it. Looks like this is a place we’d like to go sometime.

       Bev did the traditional sketcher’s approach of “sketch what’s in front of you!” These are scenes in the nearby shop windows. Interesting!

      Lealan picked the most complicated items in the show room window to sketch. Look how she builds the picture, and it’s not done yet.

        Helga was looking the other way out the windows – nice framework!

      Ken zeroed in on a nearby decorative tree, and look how he kept on going, and how the dark negative space made those leaves emerge.

      Pat found a hanging plant to sketch, then sneaked in a couple of people sketches, too! Way to go! Pat’s really fitting right in.

      Jane was looking across the room to the service area – one of her least simple sketches, but once she got started she couldn’t stop.

      Even latecomers got something done – Marnie started the tree, Erik an image in his head, and Daisy tested watercolor pencils on fabric!

Needless to say, our “gallery” walk around to see what others had done was fascinating and a great success. We’ll do this again!

Anything that Holds Still is Fair Sketching!

Apr. 17, 2018 – Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Eugene, OR

    Most of us took over a whole section of the cafe – ah, coffee!

    But here’s Barb So tucked away in the Children’s Section – cute!

      And Laura was on the main floor focusing on the display across from her. She moved somethings in the sketch to get the essence of it.

      Back in the cafe Barb Sh shared her finished work from weeks past, then set out to sketch a bookstore patron nearby.

        Here’s a look at Erik’s sketching from the mind, a layering process from pencil sketch to top layer. Check back for the finished work!

      Ken had a great view of Sharon who was sketching in the corner across from him. Lovely sketch!

      Jane was grateful for Ken’s “permission” to sketch people in pencil (she avoids noses), and Sandy permitted a photo of her sketching.

      Hugh was back in a dark corner, but he made the best of it, sketching from his travel photos. This is going to be quite dynamic.

       Katie was busy sending photos to Jane of Friday sketching, so just got a single quick sketch done, while next to her Lona was capturing the cover of a charming book for a gift.

      Bev did a sketch of a couple of sketchers, then got interested in the shells that Daisy brought, turning them into interesting designs.

      Daisy, however, was interested in doing an exact to size replication of her shells – now there’s a challenge! Well done, Daisy.

      Marsha had a great (role) model across from her with a great hat, then went back to a flower sketch in colored pencil, her forte.

      What on earth is Marnie sketching? Oh my gosh, she found another curving lighting installation (shades of Riverbend cafeteria). Wow!

          Helga started sketching what she thought would be a simple chair (there ARE no simple chairs!), then added cafe context – nice!

        Satoko was looking at sketches by Barb Sh (influenced by the  Peer Gynt ballet); Satoko sketched nearby people, and above them a graphic sketch of the stage set which had her paintings projected.

     Lealan started her people sketch with her usually light blue marker outline, then began adding vivid colors to the scene. Zowie.

     And Sharon, having finished her person sketch, resorted to the tried and true “sketch what’s in front of you” – cups on the table!

Bookstore Sketching

Barnes & Noble, Eugene, OR

Most of us took a seat in the cafe at the bookstore and drew what we saw around us. And in alphabetical order (seems fitting)…

          Barbara Sh caught us up with her completed page started last week, then on to  some of the crowd here, licking her brush to do shading!

     Barb So showed us her completed page from last week, too (so charming!), and did some people sketches of those near her.

      Bev bemoaned starting a sketch upside down in her book, but used it to her advantage (click the middle), then on to a lovely flower sketch.

     Daisy sketched her Danish, then went over to the children’s section to arrange a still life to draw. (Ken said, that’s what I’m doing next!)

    Erik said he was drawing out of his mind. (No editorial comment.)

      Hugh really used the neo-color crayons to great effect on the black paper – those books just jump off the shelves!

      Jane started sketching the woman across from her who was totally absorbed in her work, then ended with a sketch of fern fronds.

      Laura started with a person sketch, too, then borrowed a photo from Marsha of a trillium – nicely rendered!

      Lona outdid us all – she chose the colorful cover of a romance book and did a splashy rendition all in suitable fervor!

      Marsha began a sketch of Lona, paused to show the difference of colored pencil on black and then white paper, and finished Lona’s.

      Pat started with an ink sketch, did one of the cafe counter and added some color which moved her back to her original sketch, too. Nice.

      Sandy sketched a fellow at a nearby table, and Lona across the room, and managed to talk to Lealan who never did put pen to paper!