The Friday Sketch Group!

✒  Oct. 26, 2018 – Camas Mill Bakery, Junction City, OR

      Back again, thanks to Katie knowing her friend Sue, proprietor and historian of the old Alvadore Schoolhouse – wonderful stories!

       A few of us started out in the bakery/cafe before moving on to explore and sketch in the old school house, moved 2 miles across the fields from Alvadore.


        Hugh really got off on sketching the displays in the bakery, and Sandy got off on sketching her husband, Hugh!

        Jane took advantage of the charming table decorations – sweet.

        Lona brought us each a copy of her newly published book featuring her vibrant watercolors (!), and sketched a table decoration, too.

        Daisy liked their logo, then tried to get the top of one of the school desks which made it a bit wonky – I’ve sat in those wonky ones!

        Jude, new to the group, fit right in and even sketched the wonderful texture of the old school house boards – fabulous texture!

        The table decorations were a big hit with Laura, too – nicely done.

        Bev’s sketches are so versatile – berry closeups, view out the window (complete with airplane), and lovely table decoration.

        Look how Katie developed her page – little vignettes and then the schoolhouse sketch – wonder what will go in the bottom frame?

✒  Oct. 12, 2018 – Camas Mill Bakery, Junction City, OR

        It was Katie’s idea to explore this venue, and here’s her steeple sketch of the old school at the site. The weather was perfect!

                Daisy did a loose watercolor sketch of the old school, then a sketch of her coffee cake and tea from the Camas Bakery.

     Laura did a sketch of the schoolhouse, too, on top of a pre-stamped page (nice texture for the old wood), and then added color. Nice!

      Sandy focused on getting detailed sketches in pencil, planning on adding color later – it will be interesting to see what she does.

     Hugh’s work in his black paper sketchbook was bright and vibrant. Then he’s on to his 2nd sketch using his clever crayon holder case.


And just to whet your appetite, here are other scenes from Camas Bakery from the inside. Yes! We’re definitely coming back!


✒ Sept. 28, 2018 – Washburne Café, Springfield, OR

Nearly all – Bev, Daisy, Laura, Marsha, & Katie. Jane behind the camera, Hugh & Sandy yet to arrive. Beautiful day, beautiful friends.

      Daisy took advantage of a nearby “model” for her first sketch, then went on to images around her (including the vase – more of that!).

        There was a sweet little vase with posies on the table – here’s Bev’s version, then another plant, and finally Jane’s dog’s toy!

        Laura tried to censor her bottom drawing, but we all encouraged her  to go with the lively spirit of it and look at the charm of it after all!        Marsha did her lovely drawing using colored pencil, then added a very interesting border – can you tell she’s a quilter?

        Katie always does such an exquisite job with watercolor, then she added her “lift your spirits” quote: Seeking the Light. Good idea.

          Jane came in late but still managed to do a quick sketch – probably better than if she’d done one slowly and tediously, she said.

         Hugh and Sandy came in later than Jane, but Hugh whipped out a wonderful sketch of his coffee & cake, while Sandy took her time to begin a sketch of a guy at a nearby table.


✒ Sept. 14, 2018 – Public House courtyard, Springfield, OR

Despite the cool temperature, we were cozy in the courtyard.

        Bev immediately was caught up in the vines hanging across the courtyard, and even got them into the steeple sketch.

        Jane doodled the vines across her page, then added the red umbrellas and archways, and finally the name of the site.

        Katie is the best about adding words to her sketch pages – her trick is to strengthen the down strokes of each letter! Clever.

      Daisy and Laura both tackled the pot in the corner of wall – what a challenge, since part of it disappeared into the cement!


✒ August 24, 2018 – Oakway Center Courtyard, Eugene, OR

Our smaller group snuggled into a back corner of the courtyard, and had a different view from last week’s outing.

       Laura started out sketching when the umbrellas were closed, and then they opened them! So she quickly did another sketch! HA!

        Jane sketched the closed umbrellas, too, but just couldn’t quit fiddling with them – maybe some color would help…

       Daisy was disappointed with her wet on wet attempt at the umbrellas, and resorted to a multi-colored duck sculpture drawing.

      Lynda’s going to Japan, worried about keeping up with folks there, and was shocked at Jane’s suggestion that she sketch in ink first.

And here are the dratted open umbrellas, with the sneaky duck sculpture peeking over the menu board on the right.


✒ August 10, 2018 – Oakway Center Courtyard, Eugene, OR

We had a total of ten people show up for sketching today, two new to us  which we enjoyed. What a lovely place, a lovely day to sketch.

Lola, a high school chum of Jane’s, joined us and shared her new sketching tools – watercolor brushes. A new toy! Oh boy!

        Lola started with a Sharpie pen, then began playing with the new tools – hmm, water keeps pulling color out, and you can lift dark!

        Barb So had perfect models in the sketchers at the next table for her drawing (so nice to do back views of people – indistinct features).

        Bev started with some simple flowers, and then worried about the basket on people’s heads, but she fixed it – shading and color did it.

        Daisy’s goal is to use up the student grade watercolors so she can refill the pallet with good ones – so she stayed busy, busy, busy!

        Helga is bravely going where she hasn’t gone before – using pre-stamped pages and letting the sketches emerge where they will!

        Jane said, “what possessed me!” when she began drawing a many leaved tree – ah, loose color wash to the rescue (& Lola’s brush pen).

        Date and place notations started Laura’s page, then a yellow outline to a gradual buildup of color with Prisma colored pencils.  Nice.

        “I don’t do well drawing on site,” said Lynda, drawing from her phone photo, but then she caught the hanging basket fever – you go, girl!

        Marsha had fun with a color washed page and pre-stamp – look how that wonderful sketch came about, and she says not finished yet!

        Serge, new to the group with “no” art experience, took on the nearby architecture. Wow, great result!  “OK, you can stay,” Jane teased.


✒  July 27, 2018 – The Pump Café, Springfield, OR

It was nice to be back at the Pump Cafe – interesting surroundings, delicious food, and friendly reception by the wait staff.

             Bev picked a page she had previously done a color wash on, added the clematis leaves from outside the window, & window, too!

        Daisy tackled the condiment tray in the middle of the table while she was waiting for her breakfast, which she also dutifully sketched.    

         Helga started with the sugar dispenser, and the sketch grew to include what she saw about her (including  wooden chair texture!).

      Jane tried sketching the couple at the next table in ink (ack!), then the clematis outside, and finally gave in to watercolor. Fun entry.

           Laura still likes doing her initial sketch in pencil first, and got quite a bit of the local detail, of which there is a LOT in this cafe!


✒  July 13, 2018 – The Pump Café, Springfield, OR

This is such an interesting place, full of historical artifacts, that Daisy and Helga have a challenge to pick something to sketch.

       Daisy chose the view out the window, and Helga chose the window!

      Bev sketched the wall behind them, full of Springfield memories.

       Hugh shared more of his sketches from his walk on the Camino and Pieterpad, then back to white ink on black paper of Bev’s view!

And here’s what Katie sketched when she wasn’t taking photos  – her yummy breakfast and then she began the saw on the wall. Sweet!


✒  June 22, 2018, 100 Mile Bakery, Springfield, OR

Back again – Bev, Barb So, Helga, Katie (with Jane & Daisy nearby).

        We like it when others bring back to the group what they’ve learned elsewhere – here Daisy with the architect approach to perspective re: roof lines, and then a video Katie found of Norman Campbell.

      Barb So brought us up to date on her two new puppies, then began a pencil outline which she inked & watercolored of an inside scene.

      Bev quickly captured the colorful pots of flowers and bakery sign.

      Helga was enchanted by the bakery logo – nice job on it, too!

    Katie was excited to be nearing the end of this sketchbook, because she doesn’t like the sizing on the paper. But the sketch is GREAT!

    In honored tradition, Daisy sketched what was in front of her, then turned to the nearby pots of flowers (on top of her roof lines!).

      Jane, in a moment of lunacy she says, took on the colored glass windows, kept it loose and ended up having a good time with them!


✒  June 15, 2018, 100 Mile Bakery, Springfield, OR

     Jane was the only one to show up (because she got the date wrong!), but she had a good time anyway. Five others enjoyed it last week!


✒  May 25, 2018, Emerald Art Center, Spring 2018 Exhibit

   Bev was hosting folks who came to see the nationally juried show, and Jane was saying it was a great opportunity to do value studies (here of the Best of Show painting – oh! that’s why it was chosen!).

   Lona and Marnie were enjoying looking at the selected are up close, while Laura was voting for Best of Show (Jane’s painting – so nice!).

   Pat was fascinated with the design aspect of the sunflower painting.


✒  May 11, 2018, Chase Gardens Café and Bistro, Eugene, OR

Daisy’s friend Ann came by to tell us about her new art tool she uses with her computer – “I can’t do what you do,” she said!

       Here’s what Daisy was doing – light fixtures, and shakers! Whatever is is front of us is fair game for sketching.

      This scene of iris outside caught Bev’s attention (& Jane’s, too).

Here’s Bev’s version of the iris, followed by Jane’s below.


April 27, Chase Gardens Café and Bistro, Eugene, OR

It was a small group today, but we certainly had a good time. Here Hugh shows Bev his sketch out the window, while Sandy looks on.

      Here’s how Hugh sketched the view, using white on black paper.

      Sparked by Ken’s drawing in a circle on Tuesday, Bev remembered how much fun that is to do. It really makes the parts important.

    Jane tried adding a circle background to the table still life she drew, and liked the effect there, too.

       Sandy not only sketched her cookie and coffee, but included Bev’s tea and sketchbook, including Bev’s sketch. She was busy!

And here’s Sandy’s sketch after adding color at home.  Very nice!


✒  April 13, 2018 – Emerald Art Center, Springfield, OR

There were 7 of us Friday Sketchers who met at the Emerald Art Association. Bill Rutherford’s show, “Ink, Wire and Paint” afforded lots of intriguing views for our sketchbooks!

           Daisy, Katie, and Jane were all fascinated with the unicorn.

      Daisy found a ceramic horse, and Pat did the wire mama – sweet!

      Bev and Jane tried tackling the guitars on display – it’s hard!

   Here are versions by Lona and Pat.

    Meanwhile, Bev was sketching the sketchers!

✒  Mar. 30, 2018 – Townshend’s Tea House, Eugene, OR

We had a nice surprise today – Katie brought her granddaughters!

       Addy uses the time honored fingertip technique, while Avery concentrated on letter forms (even the squiggle in Townshend’s!).

Here’s what Katie’s sketchbook looked like – lots of memories.

      Jane focused on the lights and chairs, while Lena got caught up in the ceiling action (with incredible perspective challenges – good for her!)

And Bev with her quick hand and eye included the people in the tea house as well as the lights over the bar & plants on the counter!

We really like this place – yummy teas and nice people. We’ll be back.


✒  Mar. 16, 2018 – Townshend’s Tea House, Eugene, OR

We were a small but busy group – Tomomi with her children, Katie, Bev, & Jane (behind the camera). We enjoyed the tea, too!

          Bev did a quick sketch, then her secret touch – a wet finger to smudge the shadows in. She even got in a second sketch.

      Here’s Katie’s sketch from her recent trip to Seattle; then she began a quick window/lamp sketch before she went to the game.

       Jane had a new tool – watercolor crayons. She did a scribble demo of them, then tried to do detail work with them – oh oh. Never again!

      Tomomi was diligently applying the instructions she received about replicating a watercolor. Beautifully done! Below are samples of the art work her children did:




✒  Mar. 2, 2018 – back at Soup Nation, Eugene, OR

Here’s our group – Pat, Hugh, Sandy, Bev, & Jane’s sketch in front.

       Here’s what Jane was working on, using a new white pen, then sketching Bev’s necklace & the telephone pole outside the window!

    Hugh was using a white pen on black, then started black on white.

     Hugh gives some pointers to Sandy working on perspective. Still. Maybe that’s something we all work on forever!

    Bev says she really enjoys working with markers. It shows!

    Pat had a huge breakthrough – did the upper left vase of flowers by pencil first then pen. Next she tried going directly to pen – WOW!


✒ Feb. 16, 2018 – Soup Nation, Eugene, OR
We felt like true Urban Sketchers today at Soup Nation. We enjoyed coffee, tea, and cookies to start out, then several stayed for the yummy, warming soup, or bought frozen soup to take home.

                Bev, Sandy, Hugh (with Helga at work); Lena is new to the group but fit right in! Katie is behind the camera & we appreciate that.

                  Here is Lena’s sketch – great to see how it developed with color.

     Bev is always prolific – look at the second sketch!

           Hugh added quite a bit of interesting detail to his initial sketch.

    What a difference color makes! Sandy is justifiably pleased.

        Penny even got the address seen in reverse in the window. Nice!

       Helga kept adding detail to her sketch – next step may be color, yes?

       Katie not only took photos, she also did a delightful sketch. Thanks!


✒ Feb. 2, 2018 – Washburne Café, Springfield, OR

Unaccustomed as we are to SUN! (except for Hugh in the shadows), we were happy to sketch back at Washburne Café.

Bev started us out by showing us what she’d done in her sketchbook since our last session on fonts and lettering. Zow!

      And here’s what Bev did today. Note her use of color wash done previously – she hadn’t known how it would work, but this did.

Here’s how Hugh used a previously done marker wash – perfect!

       Hugh says he owes a lot to watching how Erik uses wax crayons, including scratching layers off so the next is clean and deep.

      Katie had a marker swash on her page, and look how well it worked for her sketch today!

       Jane’s enjoying putting a whole page of sketches together – it started with the tiny flower, and look what caught her eye to add to it.


✒ Jan. 19, 2018 – Washburne Café, Springfield, OR

    There was great light in the front window here! Sandy, Katie, Bev, Helga, Hugh, & Daisy; then Daisy & Sandy from a front-ish view.

Here’s how Bev’s pages evolved. Look how she modified the stamp pattern at the bottom of the second page. Now it belongs!

        One of the things we like about this group is how we learn from each other – here Helga plays with graphite tricks, & a marker sample.

      Katie added colored marker to her sketch, and what life it brought!

     Jane sketched the eucalyptus sprig, too, while Hugh took on the larger view of the room.


Daisy started by sketching the lily in the window until the sun (!) became too intense, then turned to her coffee cup – another challenge! This woman does NOT back down.


✒ Jan. 5, 2018 – Mes Amis Café, Eugene, OR
We really like this little café – cosy and genial for our intents.

Marnie, Hugh, Penny J, Daisy, Bev, Katie, Sandy (& Jane with camera)

        Marnie got right after sketching what was in front of her (across the page from a previous cup sketch), while Sandy sketched Marnie!

     Katie shared some sketches on the washed blocks from Tuesday’s workshop, and then sketched on a page with a pre-stamped border.

        Can you tell Bev’s background is in graphic design? What a delightful use of pages with color blocks, stamped borders, and Washi tape!

       Daisy took on the challenge of doing the café logo shown in reverse on the door, then added the cute snowman decoration on the shelf.

      This was Penny J’s first time sketching with us, but she sure fit right in and seemed to have great fun sketching, too.

     Hugh has decided he wants to incorporate people in his sketches to give them more life & dimension. What a great start!

    And Jane, remembering Lealan’s exuberant sketch of the condos across the street, did a very tidy little block sketch – those angles!


✒ Dec. 15, 2017 – Mes Amis Café, Eugene, OR

It was a small gathering right in the thick of holiday preparations, but these three had a great time sketching together.

    Sketches by Katie.

       Sketches by Bev, our busy bee!

Welcome to Marnie – what a fun sketch! Keep coming back!


✒ Dec. 1, 2017 – Indulgence, Gateway Mall, Springfield, OR

Daisy, (Jane), Katie, & Bev met at Indulgence for our second Friday sketch group. It’s a busy time, and a busy place, but we like it.

         Katie shared her finished piece started last time, Bev got right into a new sketch, and Jane just had time to do a quick sketch before she had to leave. We like sketching together. We’re going to keep on!


✒ Nov. 17, 2017 – Indulgence, Gateway Mall, Springfield, OR

On Friday, Nov. 17, the first time meeting of the newly formed Friday  Sketch Group met with much enthusiasm and delight.

Marsha, Katie, Beki, Sandy, Hugh, & Jane behind the camera.

This was such a fascinating place for sketching and noshing.

         Beki chose to sketch a sign, and Sandy her tea & cookie.

        Bev caught a lot of the complexity of the place, and Hugh zeroed on on a shelf with wonderful flower vases.

    Here’s Jane’s sketch, followed by an exquisite ink sketch done by Katie. Yes, we like this place. Yes, we like sketching on Friday’s, too. We’ll be back!