Marsha brought a b&w printout of the draft of our upcoming book, which Peggy & Laura really enjoyed reviewing (esp. their pages!).
Eva added sparkles to her sketch from last week, and today she’s sketching her moving model – her dog Mickey! (Difficult angles)
Hugh picked the perfect medium for his vivid sketch of food storage buildings in Eugene – Caran d’Ache water soluble crayons.
Jane was sketching a hosta photo from home, using her Lamy fountain pen with blue permanent ink for comments (& veins!).
As a fine detail acrylic painter, Peggy is pushing herself to try a loose approach with watercolor – now, to add ink for leaf shapes?
Sandy’s attention was all on the kids in the playground – using the Caran d’Ache crayons, and then water brush on toned paper.
Laura got a kick out of the kids, too, capturing their active joy with different colored pencils – what a fun way to represent them!
Marsha had to think about where to use permanent ink, and where to use her water soluble ink so she could have shadows – well done!
✒ June 18, 2021, Cortesia Sanctuary, Eugene, OR
Peggy, Jane, Jim, Laura at the wooded wonder of Cortesia.
Jim immediately started sketching the gate to the garden.
Lona didn’t get past the house deck, with plenty to sketch!
The plant on the deck table fascinated Jane – “Crown of Thorns”
Laura didn’t get very far around the house for an interesting sketch.
Daisy is our stand-up sketcher – and, oh! those veggie leaves!
Yes, Peggy’s blanket was nice in 10 degree cooler Cortesia.
Sharon’s back with us again! Lovely sketch of one of the cottages.
✒ June 11, 2021, Owen Rose Garden (in the rain)
The intrepid sketchers – Daisy, Bitty, Marsha, Laura, Jim (Eva went home to get her dog, Jane behind the camera).
Bitty, are we having fun yet? Perfect day for wet-on-wet painting.
Daisy in her signature standing sketching stance – nice work!
. Eva (with dog, Mickey) is exploring colored chalks, with soft effects!
Here’s how Jane’s sketch evolved – from pencil to ink & watercolor.
Jim does such a lovely and precise graphic sketch – nice to see.
Laura didn’t let sitting on the ground stop her from sketching!
Marsha tried her TUL pen first, then back to graphite – super!
The review resulted in consensus that we were glad we came!
✒ June 4, 2021 – Alton Baker Park
Everyone scattered when we got there, so this is a shot of the sketchbook review at the end with: Daisy, Bitty, Laura, Sandy & Hugh, Eva, Marsha, BarbSo, & Gail.
Daisy got up close & personal with the fauna & flora. The day started out cloudy & cool, but got bright and warm as the morning went on.
Bitty got right down to it (& in it) – the deFazio Bike Bridge with geese, and the fire pokers.
The fire pokers caught a lot of eyes, including Laura’s. Quite a challenge to sketch those multi-petaled round rascals.
Hugh & Sandy were looking the same way, but their approaches and use of tools were quite different – such an interesting contrast.
I don’t know where Gail & Eva were sketching, but they were definitely there – Gail’s geese, Eva’s people under a tree – nice!
The ducks put on quite a show in front of Jane, so she included them in her collection of sketchettes.
Peggy’s trying out the little frames format, too, and having a lot of fun keeping it simple…or is it simple…more to come!
Marsha was busy! Almost as busy as the geese (nice capture!). She sketched the bridge, too, and a wonderful old tree.
And a good time was had by all. Of course, and as usual!
✒ May 28, 2021, New Day Bakery Now that Covid restrictions are lifting, we’re learning we have to be conscious of “paying” for our tables buy buying food & drink, and not overstaying our welcome as the venue becomes busier.
Marsha, Hugh, Sandy, Laura, Daisy, Katie, Bitty. But there were more
Jim & Bill; Eva with her son Michael, Mickey the dog; BarbSo, Laura.
Peggy, Daisy, Marsha (& remnants of Jane’s presence)
Eating & drinking didn’t give us a lot of time to sketch, and with more people coming in many of us left early. But Bitty & Laura did manage to get a couple of sketches done (with Mickey featured in both!).
Bitty really got into the atmosphere – beautiful historic cemetery.
Laura was fascinated with Chinese & Hebrew on headstones.
Jane started at the mausoleum, did special headstones at home.
When time for sharing our sketches came, we wondered why there were just three of us…we knew some folks had conflicting things.
Laura & Jane were at stage 1 in sketching, Bitty was DONE!
Eva, Peggy, & Sue said “there was a sketching get together time change? Guess we’d better read our email next time!”
The Friday Sketch Group is now meeting together outside every Friday that the weather allows!
✒ Apr. 16, 2021, Owen Rose Garden
Bitty sketched the famous Tartarian Cherry Tree a couple of times.
Barb Sh got an entirely different slant on it!
Peggy dealt with the whole thing, catching its massive presence.
Danita was paying attention to the negative space between limbs.
Gail’s closeup of limbs & negative space make a great design.
Marsha made the most of her 15 minutes to sketch – wowza!
Meanwhile, Daisy was capturing the ambience of the place.
And Barb So was capturing our new sketcher, Sue, in the ambience.
While Sue was getting up close & personal with the canna lilies.
Eva (no sketch shown) declared she was sticking to charcoal; Jane (no photo shown) petered out with a b&w ink sketch. Good times.
Our forth time meeting since the Covid shut down!
✒ Apr. 9, 2021, Hendricks Park, Eugene, OR
Katie got there quite early before us, so she passed on her sketches as she was on her way back home. Lovely work.
Jim, Jane, Bill, Peggy; Bill, Danita, Peggy, Jim, Marsha. There were others of us were sketching elsewhere in the park.
Newcomers Eva & Gail talk with Danita about technique. Sketches by Danita; Gail & Eva.
Great to have Bill back sketching with us – we missed his wit!
Jim loves drawing architecture & did a terrific job on the shelter.
Jane who never draws people drew Jim (as skinny) & Bill (as hefty).
Peggy’s eye caught a tree nearby – the park is always changing.
Meanwhile, Marsha was sketching Peggy!
And Daisy was wandering the park doing botanical studies.
Barb Sh had a closeup of magnolia buds, and a recent sketch (& commentary) of her brother-in-law who just had his Covid shot.
Good thing we have the habit of gathering to review sketches. Fun.
Our third time meeting since the Covid shut down. We could get used to this!
✒ Apr. 2, 2021, Hendricks Park, Eugene, OR
Bitty was the first to get there & found more than flowers!
Jim was next, & right down to sketching.
Daisy tried a brush pen approach to the trees – fun!
Marsha brought her self made sketchbook to the event.
Katie’s here! So nice to have her back with us.
Barb So came by & Laura found a perch on a rock bench.
Barb Sh is here! And into the Native Plant Garden.
Jane took photos, planned, & finished at home.
Nice place to gather for our review of everyone’s sketches.
✒ Mar. 26, 2021 – Norma Pfeiffer Park, Coburg, OR
Most of us – Peggy, Jim, Marsha & daughter Amanda, Bitty.
Laura went over to the pavilion for a different view, and Lona was able to join us (first time since her Mexico trip!).
Bitty and Peggy are lap painters (they brought their own chairs).
Jane & Jim were happy the park still had one table with benches.
Marsha brought a chair, & Amanda had a plastic sack for the ground.
Time for the review – can you tell who’s who behind those masks?
Jim’s exquisite sketches, and Amanda’s novice (she says) sketches.
Marsha & Bitty have such different styles, yet so expressive.
Laura sketched what she saw across the street, Lona sketched what she has at home in her garden (& probably not done yet).
Peggy’s precise elegance, and Jane’s twig sketching of a branch!
The Friday Sketch Group met for the first time since February of 2020 & the Covid shut down. It was fabulous being back together!
✒ Mar. 12, 2021 – Owen Rose Garden, Eugene, OR
Even though the roses are done blooming, there are lots of other things to sketch at the garden! Sketches from the top by: Barb Sh, Marsha, Bitty, Danita, Jim H. (who assumed we were meeting at the usual time of 10, but we changed it to noon to be warmer – missed him, but here’s the sketch he did).
Then there was the magnificent blooming tulip magnolia tree!
Many of us tried capturing that tree image, with lots of different styles and tools. I need help in identifying artists, so from the top: ??, Jane, Bitty, Laura; ??, Marsha, Bitty; Peggy, Danita, Barb So.
Barb So & Peggy; Peggy’s magnolia sketch; Bitty & Marsha.
Barb So & Laura; Barb So’s sketch; Daisy.
Danita & husband Michael; Danita’s sketch.
Jane (staying warm, cutting the sun glare); Jane’s sketch.
Jim’s sketch – he even got in some of the challenging gazebo!
✒ 🖥 Feb. 2020 – Mar. 2021, Zoom meetings had to suffice ✒ 🖥
The Friday Sketch Group usually meets the 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month. Some of the same suspects show up, too. It’s fun!
✒ Feb. 28, 2020 – Serendipity Cafe & Tea, Lebanon, ORGreat road trip! Laura, Katie, Danita, Sandy, Barb So, Daisy, Lynda, Hugh (& Jane behind the camera). “Sketching first!” we said.
Here’s how Laura’s sketches turned out.
Katie had fun with the colorful flowers on her cup & saucer.
Danita was ambitious in sketching three of them! Wow. Cute, too.
Sandy included the teapot on the warmer along with the curvy cup.
Barb So’s light hand with watercolor was ideal for her sketch.
Daisy said, “These designs are harder than you think!” Well done.
Lynda fell in love with the rose in her cup, can you tell?
Hugh conquered the tea itself before turning to the designs.
Jane turned her cup on its side, but it wasn’t any easier that way!
Then it was time for tea, followed by scones warm from the oven.
Soup & sandwiches or salad & lettuce rolls; scones with lemon curd, and whipped cream (strawberry jam also available. Great place!
Laura, Ellen, Hugh, Sandy, Penelope, Katie, Daisy, Serge.
What’s Laura looking at? An antique rolling cart, and one of Katie’s wonderful watercolors displayed on the wall of the schoolhouse!
Ellen started with a one dimensional photo to sketch, then took up the challenge to go 3-D, and wow! is that tree coming to life! Great!
Hugh said he knew just what he wanted to draw the moment he walked in – Sandy looking out the schoolhouse window sketching.
And here’s what Sandy was sketching – the Camas Country Mill Bakery in it’s winter surroundings about to become spring.
Penelope teaches travel journaling, writing & sketching. Water soluble ink enables pulling shading from the circles with a brush.
Katie said, “What shall I do?” Putting aside her formatting stencil, she did a demo of what greens she could make with her palette.
Jane is enamored of Katie’s formatting stencil, and enjoyed finding little scenes (inside & outside) to go in each of the squares.
Daisy started with colored pencil, went to watercolor, then back to drawing pencil to sketch special parts of the experience.
Serge is serious about developing watercolor skills, applying what he read in a watercolor book to determine just when to lift color.
What are you doing, Lona? Starting her next children’s book! How does she get such deep color? Less water, more pigment, of course!
✒ Jan. 11, 2019 – Along Came Trudy, Springfield, OR
Sandy, Katie, Bev, Marsha, Hugh, Barb So, Wanda, Jude, Daisy. The place was still decorated with a winter theme, all full of sparkles.
Barb So and Jude chose some of the decor to sketch in pencil first.
Sandy likes sketching “across the ditch” using both pages in a landscape approach. Here’s the view in front of her! Well done.
Katie has such great success with her template of squares. She worried about the red bleeding on the wreath, but it’s spirited!
Bev is a whiz at combining pre-stamped pages with what she sees about her, including quotes on the wall – it adds so much zest.
A sketch doesn’t have to be complicated, like Marsha’s previous one here, in order to be interesting, like her glassware & cup today!
Hugh brought his subject matter with him – a photo taken in Spain. You can see his technique using waterbrush to crayons to page. Nice
Wanda is still fascinated with her antique store find, trying to sketch it from different angles, using graphite. Beautifully done!
Daisy got caught up with all the decorations placed around the room, but still wants to go darker. Where’s Ken when you need him!
Jane just couldn’t quit, and added the welcome sign from the next room to her page, along with the coffee carafe and name sign.
✒ Dec. 28, 2018 – Crema & Bloom, Springfield, OR
This little place was new to us, and we had a lot of fun being there – Serge, Sean (Jane’s son), Marsha, Barb So., Jude, & Daisy are pictured. Also there were Jane and Bev.
Bev sketched the welcome sign on the door, while Barb So. sketched the table flowers and Jane seated across from her. How clever!
Here’s Jane’s view from across the table. You can see that Crema and Bloom let us use their stamp! Such a darling logo design.
In addition to drinks, they also had pastries, which Sean sketched before and during eating – he also sketched a picture on the wall.
Marsha dove right into doing a sketch of Serge, including the display wall behind him. Doing a portrait & using markers are new for her.
Serge, a master at straight lines, took on the challenge of the water dispenser, and then shared his explorations of wet-on-wet color.
Jude couldn’t resist sketching the hand made Christmas stockings handing from the “fireplace” mantel. Nicely done, Jude!
Daisy did a lovely loose sketch of a mantel decoration, then gamely started sketching the floral offering display board – wow!
✒ Dec. 14, 2018 – Along Comes Trudy, Springfield, OR
Exploring a new venue! Around the table: Sandy, Jude, Laura, Jim, Marsha, Katie, Daisy, & Hugh. What a fun place to sketch!
Daisy & Jude sketched the honored “what’s in front of you” pastries.
Hugh sketched the overhead view – what an angle he has!
Taking on the tailor’s form in the corner was a real challenge. Here are Laura’s and Marsha’s takes – what do you include? Where’s the focus?
Here’s that rascally form, and then Jim’s version with surroundings.
Sandy’s beginning sketch, then the colored version with the real deal behind it. This seems like it was an interesting challenge to sketch!
✒ Nov. 30, 2018 – Creswell Bakery, Creswell, OR
Yes, we like it here! Jim, Katie, Hugh, Daisy, Jude, Sandy, Bev, & Serge.
Jim did a quick sketch of the window & walls across the room, then added a sketch of an interesting building from a magazine he brought.
Hugh was experimenting with doing his window sketches at an angle across the page, and using the acrylic ink markers from Sketchkon.
Katie added her lemon meringue bar to her page, and on the next page she started drawing something she observed from her travels.
Daisy bought an apple blueberry tart, and tried sketching it with colored markers. Now, how to make the darks dark…hmmm…
Jude was sketching her tart, too, but using colored pencils. She had the same dilemma – how do you make it darker without darker pencils.
Sandy’s on a people roll. She was especially appreciative of the quiet couple across from her, reading while they had breakfast treats.
Jane was totally immersed in trying to pick a photo of her dog Tutti for her holiday card, and ended up figuring a way to use five of them!
Bev enjoyed sketching the branch Jude brought from her yard, and I enjoyed seeing how she made the page work with stamps & designs.
Meanwhile, here’s what Serge was up to – sketching Bev beyond her coat on her chair back! No, those aren’t her shoulders, she said.
✒ Nov. 9, 2018 – Creswell Bakery, Creswell, OR
As you can see from Daisy’s gesture, this was a delicious decision to come here! Gracious hosts, great coffee, yummy food, good light.
Bev summed up the atmosphere among us – this is just for fun!
Hugh introduced a second theme – experimentation with tools – here testing various whites on black, then heavy use of crayon ala Erik.
Daisy started sketching a chair, then segued into making a graphic chart of the new tools she bought at the Tools of the Trade show.
Sandy and Helga enjoyed a chat before sketching. Here’s Sandy’s quick sketch using only watercolor – charming already!
Helga started her sketch with a graphite mechanical pencil, then tried the Tombow drawing pencils to do the shading.
Penny is officially one of us now, sketching her cookie before she eats it. She’s using Tombow water soluble markers to great effect!
Katie’s having fun with her pre-framed pages – first highway art, then images from the table. Nice color, too, using watercolor pencils.
I thought Sharon was sketching with plain old graphite, but surprise! She had water soluble graphite – nice shadows with the brush pen.
Lealan likes to use a Stabilo marker in light turquoise for an under sketch, then layers the Tombow marker to give the sketch depth.
Marsha was curious to compare the effects of different watercolor pencils with the same image – Derwent Intense, then Faber-Castell.
Jane was only curious about the bakery logo and the hazelnuts.
This was Patt’s first time with us. “What do you sketch,” she said. Whatever is in front of you, we said. And so she did! Tough chair.
Serge uses cross hatching so well in his ink drawings. Here he also did a sample chart of different kinds of line effect. Just doodling!
Then we had a demo of unique pencil sharpeners – Marsha with one for colored pencils that holds them straight; Serge with one designed for large lead mechanical pencils, with it’s own trash bin!
✒ 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!