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!