The Original Top Drawers

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Eugene, Oregon, USA

We are a group of artists who came together on a 2006 sketchbook tour of the hillside towns in Umbria, Italy.  Ken O’Connell, art professor emeritus at the University of Oregon, initiated the tour, and led it again in 2008 (when three newcomers joined us.) Starting at high noon above:  Barbara Epplett, Jane Harrison, Erik Johnson, Hugh Larkin, Sandy Larkin, Joby Patterson, Bill Sperling, Eshkie Zachai, Barbara Aten, Anne Bonine, Jan Brown, and Nancy Burdick.

Our backgrounds and experiences differ, but we enjoyed sketching together in Italy so much that we continued to meet weekly after we returned home to Eugene (new friends & visitors are welcome).  We sketch together, go to art events together, take classes and workshops together, share techniques and tools, travel together, and generally cheer each other on in our artistic explorations.

We have collected some of our sketches in three books, which can be previewed and ordered at Blurb.Com:

Top Drawers on Tour: Italy
Top Drawers on Tour: France
Top Drawers on Tour: Near and Far

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6 thoughts on “The Original Top Drawers”

  1. I just saw your show at Emerald Art Center and loved it. It’s wonderful work. I’ve been keeping sketch journals for over fifty years. I would be delighted to know more about the group and perhaps joining. Thanks and I look forward ti hearing from you.

  2. Hi, I’d love to join your group, but I thought you might also like to do some sketches of my horse. I’d have to get permission from the barn owner, but she’s a Norwegian Fjord, which means she’s rather striking and also quite prone to standing fairly still if there’s grass to be had.

  3. Hello,
    We just met Ken O’Connell on a walk around our neighborhood.

    Ken mentioned that it might be possible for me to join your sketch group.

    It looks fantastic and like a great way to keep the creativity flowing on a regular basis.

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Take care,

  4. Hello,
    Your Friday sketch group is inspiring.
    Is your group open to newcomers?
    By way of introduction, I am retired from the U. of O. and have lived in Eugene for 35 years. I’ve taken some sketching workshops at Oregon Art Supply, sketched with Urban Sketchers of San Miguel de Allende, and do travel sketching sporadically on my own. Thanks, Ginnie Lo

    1. I will add you to the mailing list, and Che k with the group about adding another person to the zoom meeting. Will get back to you.

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