Up to our ears in iris!

Schreiner’s Iris Gardens, Salem, OR

  Erik (& Kate) & Marsha got there first.  Here’s today’s group: Danita, Lealan, Erik, Jane, Daisy, Marsha & Laura (with Kate at the camera).

          Kate captures a photo of Marsha & Erik. Erik excels at photos of the mind to draw from later, while Marsha grabbed some time to sketch.

       How do you choose what to draw here! Jane tried to capture a taste of the scene – what an abundance of color and shapes.

     First Lealan used wax crayons, then a brush pen to capture the essence of the iris – some wannabe sketchers even stopped to look!

      Laura got right into sketching, and here’s her final sketchy-sketch.

      Danita got in some sketching time there, too, but Daisy was too overwhelmed at the garden so she sketched on the way home!

OK – the rest of the photos here are of the flowers we saw, so if you’re not interested you can skip them. But we loved them!

Among the iris:




And some of the show-stopping iris:







What You See Is What You Get with this group!

5th St. Market, Eugene, OR

   From the head of the table: Ken, Sandy, Barb So, Serge, Bev, Hugh, Erik; Liz, Marsha, Daisy, Jim. (Jane behind the camera.)

      Sandy brought the iris, and didn’t she do a sweet job sketching it!

   Ken had a good time sketching the iris, too, using water soluble colored pencils and a water brush, rather than his usual brushpen.

     Barb So had already done some sketching of her iris at home, but she enjoyed adding this delicate sketch to her book, too.

       Serge has such an eye for detail, and knows just what to add to increase the dimensionality of his sketch – can you see the changes?

           Bev let her sketches of Ken and of Jane be part of the background context, while the flowers took center stage with color – sweet!

          Hugh sketched the iris, too from yet another viewpoint. Then he couldn’t resist using a brushpen to sketch a guy with a “man bun.”

      Jane thought Erik was sketching in two different frames. “No, it’s a tree trunk,” he said – then made it a tree trunk separated in frames!

    Liz was interested in the food mart sign with accompanying paper lanterns. This will be fun to bring color to it, with bright red lanterns.

     Daisy was into the signs, too. First a graphite pencil outline, then ink, then colored pencils. Nice work, Daisy!

         Jane’s version of sign capture used the little square frames. The last frame is taken from a photo from downstairs in black & white.

      Jim uses his sketchbook somewhat like Barb Sh does – it’s an ongoing story of where he’s been, what he sees, and the pages turn on & on.

          Meanwhile, Marsha was doing a visual record of Jim at work – great!

Rain Changes the Sketch Plan

5th St. Market, under cover, Eugene, OR

We’d planned on being outside on the top decks overlooking the patio, but it was RAINING. So we opted for cover options:

 Upstairs inside: Hugh, Erik, Marsha, Sandy, Bev, Penny Danita, Ken, Lona, & Danita’s loving husband who was reading. Downstairs under cover: Daisy, Barb Sh, Jim, Serge (with Barb So & Jane there, too).

          Work by Daisy, Barb Sh, and Jane – (the seen and not seen).

   Work by Jim (2 floor view) & Serge (architecture and coffee cup).

      And at table #1 upstairs, work by Hugh and Erik – nice detail.

      Work by Marsha, Bev, and Sandy. Nice people captures!

      At table #2, Penny & Ken loved having Danita’s husband as a model.

        Danita finished off her sketchbook with a 3 color sketch, and Lona did a vibrant sketch of the sign for the new restaurant.

So what would you say about the evolving sketches?

16 Tons Café, Eugene, OR

[Note: the blog editor is still trying to catch up, so help!]

   Here’s the scene, here are our Salem Sketchers guests: Lucy, Katy, and Nancy. What a delight to have them come down to join us today!

         Barb Sh.








          Katy V.








     And yes, Ken was there, witness Sharon’s portrait sketch, as well as Ken’s ever evolving “go darker” sketch!