Top Drawers Spin-Off

Corvallis, OR

The Top Drawers sketch group seems to attract new-to-us artists.  Every time our teacher-mentor, Ken O’Connell, takes a group on a sketch tour, people migrate to our group on their return. We like it. And sometimes little side trips emerge. This last trip of Ken’s to Italy was no exception. Today Rita hosted some of the travelers in her home for a sketch session, followed by a trip to the nearby art center gallery, and after lunch to the plein air show at the OSU student union.  What a wonderful spin-off!


Carol started the morning off with her home made biscotti – how could we do anything but celebrate being together again!


Rita fortified us with tea, and the sketching began. Here are Sue and Rita at the kitchen table (what a great spot with great light!).

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Carol took on the challenge of the colorful pitcher in the middle of the table, while Sue’s attention was on the clay mask in the window.

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Here’s Jane’s sketch view of the middle of the table, and here’s Rita’s sketch from the opposite side view (watercolor vs. colored pencils).

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Sue added a few pots next to the mask, while Carol did more detail.

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Of course, we’re never “done” sketching – we just move on to the next thing.  In this case, Jane’s eye was caught by Rita’s art bag.

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Then Sue started work on a plant in a clay dish, and Rita did a more inclusive sketch of the plant & window items.  How’s that?

Yes, we earned our lunch and art prowl!  Great fun.