Flowers, Food, Folks and Foreign Lands

Vero Espresso House, Eugene, OR

allHere’s nearly all who were there in the sunny courtyard from the left around: Satoko, Joby, Sandy, Tricia, Barb Sh, Erik, & Joby’s Jim.

Joby-share-1      Joby-share-2Satoko takes a look at Joby’s sketchbook from her recent travels.

Joby-share-3      Joby-share-penIn addition to her expressive sketches of people, Joby showed us her newest favorite sketching pen – from Czechoslovakia!

BarbSh-1      BarbSh-2At the other end of the table, Barb Sh spied a pot of flowers.

Jane-lilies    Jane-lilies-3   Jane-lilies-2Here are the lilies Jane saw, her hasty sketch, and a cleaned version.

Erik-lily-1   Erik-lily-2   Erik-jimErik sketched lilies, too, then shared a snack & chat with Jim (who regaled us with stories of his bike accidents! No more, Jim.)

Sandy-1    Sandy-2Sandy started out with a lily, too, then on to Erik’s apple pie – yum.

BarbSo-1        BarbSo-2Barb So stopped by for a few moments, and shared her latest sketch.

Tricia-1    Tricia-2Tricia had to take the low chair, and it’s good she typically sketches in her lap! Here’s her view across the courtyard at Vero.

Satoko-1    Satoko-2Satoko got in some sketch time, too – a pen & ink view of Barb Sh and the people on the deck behind her.

Who Needs Coffee & Conversation when you can Sketch!

Vero Espresso House, Eugene, OR

all-1    all-2We enjoyed gathering under the umbrellas (although there was neither rain nor sun) to sketch at Vero. From the left: Sandy, Erik, Jan, & Penny. Next photo: Ken, Penelope, Erik. (You can see Jane’s preliminary composite sketch in the middle of the table.)

Jane-1    Jane-2Here’s how Jane’s quick composite sketch evolved. She claims the secret is in not taking anything too seriously! (She also swears she will never purchase another 70 lb. paper sketchbook – too flimsy.)

BarbSo-1     BarbSo-2Barb So came, too – here are her updates on prior sketches – sweet!

BarbSo-3     Penelope-2Then Barb showed her trick for doing straight lines, while Penelope pondered how to get fireworks to show up on her prior sketch.

Ken-1    ErikKen & Erik a long time sketching pals – look at Erik’s rich colors!

Ken-2    Ken-3Ken chose to sketch what was in front of him, of course – Erik, and a strikingly colored petunia.

Sandy-1      Sandy-2Sandy started sketching the guy over Erik’s shoulder, who then put on his hat and left mid-sketch! So she sketched Erik instead. Too.

Penny-1   Penny-2   Penny-3Penelope didn’t waste any sketch time – first a quick pencil guideline, then into watercolor, and on to capturing that elusive bluejay. Yay!

A Rose is a Rose Until it Isn’t

Owen Rose Garden, Eugene, OR

g-rose-1       gazebo       G-rose-2It certainly started out with roses! Even the gazebo had them.

BarbSh-1    BarbSh-2    BarbSh-3Barb Sh immediately started adding the old fashioned roses to her page with the bird over the stenciled feathers – perfect! Will the rest of the group sketch roses, too???

E-P-1        E-3Penny McAvoy, new to the TDs, sat next to Erik, and got right into it. When Erik revealed his sketches he’d tried water on the background of the flowers (new for him!), and then got into another foggy scene.

P-1     P-2     P-3While Penny is new to our group, she dove right in, sketching that challenging gazebo (ack! those angles!), and a joyous cardoon.

Jane-1      Jane-2     Jane-3Jane sketched the cardoon and tried the gazebo roof angles, too.

BarbSo               Penelope-1  Barb So stopped by to share her sketch of her neighbor’s hydrangeas, and Penelope a sketch of the recent Olympic Trials.

Penelope-2        Penelope-3Then Penelope started sketching… what… ink.. and watercolor washes… keep coming back, it’s going to be last night’s fireworks!

So, roses not so much. But we had a great day sketching together.