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16 Tons Café, Eugene, OR

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   Here’s the scene, here are our Salem Sketchers guests: Lucy, Katy, and Nancy. What a delight to have them come down to join us today!

         Barb Sh.








          Katy V.








     And yes, Ken was there, witness Sharon’s portrait sketch, as well as Ken’s ever evolving “go darker” sketch!

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16 Tons Café, Eugene, OR

A beautiful day sketching in the sun. Unfortunately, your blog editor had a computer melt-down, so pics are all you get!

        Barb Sh

      Barb So











Lona, Laura, Ellen






Enjoying Yummy Ambience

Café Yumm, Meridian Building, Eugene, OR

            Ken loves giving sketching tips to everyone (here to Serge), but he usually also manages to get his own sketch done – that plant has life!

        Serge took on the challenge of the building’s odd architecture, which really paid off when he followed Ken’s advice – “Go darker.” Wow.

        Jane is often up taking photos, then back to play with sketches using the frame format- speaking of having life, that tree was escaping!

        And here’s Erik in the line-up. He’s trying out a different approach to his sketches, using watercolor and ink. Yes, this is working. Yay!

      Hugh and Laura look industrious. Hugh did two sketches – one with a water brush & soluble crayons, one in ink referring to a photo.

      Laura was busy grabbing images from all over – the store windows, the flowers Marsha had on the table, and then the people nearby.

      Bitty and Lealan concentrate on their work. Lealan gets those markers working to get contrast, making the flowers pop forward.

      Bitty was sketching the tree outside, dramatic against that brick red wall. Then she began a mountain range, referring to her photo.

Bev & Daisy are seated in front of the view of trees & the red wall.

      Bev enjoyed sketching the merchandise in the store windows, using Pitt markers for color (“I need more colors!”), then a hanging plant.

       This is a good challenge to take on – Ellen refers to the black & white photo, then uses her artist sense to add color, replicating contrast.

      Barb Sh wanted to honor Notre Dame, so she’s sketching the photos of the gargoyles there. She’s using water soluble graphite – nice!

    .   Bill recorded some golfing advice along with his sketch, then moved on to more portraits. Nice how the color values provide contrast.

       It was a treat to have Mary McLain (from the 2006 Italy sketch trip) come down to sketch with us. She did some very nice portraits.

      Marsha & Jim were next at the table. Here’s what Jim was doing – sketching all those lined up Yumm Sauce bottles, then designs.

      Marsha really liked how the simple dandelions popped in her digital photo. When she went to paper, she tried using red edges to pop!

    Katie is still exploring alternatives within her frame system – it will be fun to see how this strategy plays out in final form here.

    Liz did a delightful pencil sketch of tulips in a container, then started laying on colored pencil pigment – lovely effect.

    Penny did a great job on the hanging plant – that dark pot makes the leaves jump right out! I kind of like the unfinished partial leaf color.


And Sandy was busy sketching the sketchers! Here they are!

Lots to Sketch at the Meridian Building

We pretty much filled the central courtyard, with lots to view.


   Laura was looking across the room at the service table & water jug.

   Barb So was intrigued with the braided ficus tree – wow.

   Penny brought a sketch from a home arrangement to paint. Nice!

     Ken sketched a hanging plant, & Erik sketched the start of a tree.

     Sandy finished a concert sketch, then sketched Ken and Erik – yes!

     Bev got caught up in the designs and displays in nearby stores. Wow.

      BarbSh documented different ways to sketch her hands – double click on that last page to see what she did. It’s amazing!

     Danita did a watercolor sketch of the celosia plant Jane brought.

      Jane is still doing little vignettes in little frames. Low anxiety here.

      Marsha is doing framed sketches, too, but includes portraits. Zow!

   Serge did some perspective sketches, playing with it bottom right!

   Jim did a great job with corner perspective to frame people.

   Hugh is enjoying going back to travel photos to do sketches.

   Bill had a great character photo and got a kick out of sketching it.

      Daisy had a Sumi-like sketch of her cat, then was on to people, too.

     Ellen is making great progress in her portrait drawing – so sweet.

     Liz caught the warmth of the salt lamps, & Bitty (who was with us in spirit only) sent in a sketch she did at a meeting – they were intent!

Sketching People, Places, & Things

Friendly St. Market, Eugene, OR


Here we are in the covered patio, having a great time sketching!


           Marsha was intently sketching the subject across the table – Bev!

   Bev was sketching anybody who popped up – fun loose style here!

     Barb So was continuing her travel journal, while Barb Sh started a new sketch & then showed us one she did at home – great umbrella!

       Sandy & Hugh were in the corner, doing mystery sketches. Hmmm…

     Bill and Jim were completing some sketches they’d already started.

          Bitty grabbed the moment in the sun outside to sketch – delightful!

      Daisy & Jude were inside sketching inside, and having a great time.

        Ellen & Katie exchanged ideas – Ellen is doing a photo of an ancestor.

      Katie was catching up with her travel sketches, and one here, too!

     Jane is still enjoying using Katie’s frame template for little sketches.

      Then Bev and Lealan borrowed the template and went wild with an abstract application.  Wow, who knew that template could do this!

Sketching Outdoors Under Cover

Friendly St. Market, Eugene, OR

   There were a total of twenty of us sketching today, despite the rain.

      Some didn’t make it outside – Jude & Bitty started sketching inside, were joined by Ken who then had a mini-conference with Lona.

      Jude was fascinated with what she saw in the cafe windows.

      Bitty chose to focus more on the people in the cafe context – great!

     Outside, Sandy brought flowers to share and didn’t she do a nice job!

      Danita chose to focus just on the currant blossoms – delightful!

      Jane was still playing with frames, changing parameters to fit what she wanted to sketch from the images around her – what fun.

      Lona – accustomed to loose, intense, and splashy – was trying out her travel palette thinking ahead to her upcoming sketch trip to Italy.

      Laura utilized her calligraphy skills to head her page, then did a sweet colored pencil sketch of the flowers on the table.

        Rounding out the table efforts, Penny did a close-up sketch of the daffodils and a hint of the current blooms behind. Nice touch, Penny.

      At the next table, Barb Sh was pondering her sketchbook use for a travel memoir and general miscellaneous sketches – hmm..snails…

      Bev looked to the next table for her flower sketch, then got intrigued by Barb Sh’s snails, so she added them with some whimsey, too.

      Marsha was also looking at the next table, but she was sketching the sketchers! They certainly look intent. Nice use of marking pens.

      Hugh was in anther world (far, far away). Thanks to his photos, he gets to revisit travels and enjoy bringing them back. Great shadows.

      Daisy did the obligatory sketch of her treats (interesting treatment of the table top – see Jane’s too), then turned and sketched Hugh!

      Ellen is moving from black and white to color, using colored pencils. Jane stopped by to admire her progression. Nice landscape choice.

      Liz brought a favorite photo from her travels, trying to capture in her sketch the interesting weaver sitting on the ground. Great character.

      Bill has had a long time fascination with sketching people, here moving into gestural studies, using ink, colored pencils, watercolor.

      Jim was sketching a photo from the Chinese Garden (oh! that roof!), then finished with a collection of images around him at the market.

      Look who snuck in the back door – Lealan and Katie! Katie brought a little pot of Spanish lavender. Here’s her beginning sketch of it.

        Lealan really has the watercolor markers figured out – look what she did in such a short time. Lovely sketch with shadows & textures, too.

Back at the Cornucopia patio

Cornucopia @ 17th St, Eugene, OR

    Oh, how the group grows as the morning goes on! Great gathering.

         Barb Sh adds whimsy to her sketch of the elephant sculpture.

         Barb So gets her tools ready for her signature delicate sketches.

      Bev sketched flowers in front of her, then on to bamboo – lovely!

     Bill gets into gestural drawing & takes on (gasp!) hands! Well done.

       Bitty is definitely into it. She added frog statues behind her pansies.

      Daisy started with a vine, then onto darker negative space – nice!

      Ellen took on the challenge of sketching a copper wind sculpture!

      Erik is on an “artist’s card” project using watercolor – well done!

      Hugh lays out an ink sketch before taking water brush to pigment.

          Jane’s having a blast playing with a frames format – keep on going!

          Jim goes back to a page done previously & adds todays scene.

      Katie is enjoying playing with frames, too – nice watercolors!

      Ken spied a bamboo plant across the room – “go darker” we said.

      Laura got a thumbs up on her daphne sketch with dark blue behind.

      Marsha went from doing a portrait to curves chairs & table – wow!

      Penny sketched the flowers in the glass in front of her – sweet!

      Sandy brought the flowers, and enjoyed sketching them, too.

A New Place to Sketch!

Cornucopia @ 17th & Lincoln, Eugene, OR

  Under cover & under heat panels (!) but outside – sweet! Danita, Jim, Ellen, Barb So, Barb Sh, Penny, Daisy, Bev, Ken, Lona, Liz, Bitty, Katy, Marsha, Bill (& Jane behind the camera, with Satoko yet to come).

      Danita brought “artist’s cards” to share but people were too side tracked by the wonderful sculptures in the garden to even look.

      Here’s Danita’s sketch today – notice how she treated the fence, because you’ll see other fence versions by other artists today.

      Jim often divides his pages into thirds, which he did here. His focus was on the patio wall & door, which he left black & white – perfect!

   Ellen’s attention was caught by the large potted plant & how to get the dimpled texture in the pot – well done, I’d say!

   The Barbs discuss how to approach sketching the statue of St. Francis – here’s Barb So’s version, so sweetly done.

     Barb Sh uses a close up photo as detail reference. She includes the statue sketch in an ongoing page. Finished sketch from last week.

      Penny put an ink sketch of the little temple light into a colored stamp page, a perfect context; the fence is a simple line backdrop here.

      Daisy was into the variation in color, in the fence as well as in the bamboo. Both are very lively sketches.

      Ken started with brush pen marker in a loose left hand, added more detail, thought he lost it but followed “go darker!” and WOW!

      Bev kept to a mostly tone on tone approach, but look how the occasional color makes things pop – kind of a halo aura around them.

      Lona started with a light pencil sketch, then started with a watercolor line, then more color, and look at that vibrant fence!

      Liz brought her own pictorial challenge – an Asian woman under a hat. How to do the teeth without them predominating? Erase!

      This was Bitty’s first time with us. She sure had fun doing a collage of images around her, using water soluble ink and watercolor. Nice.

          Katie, just back from vacationing in the sun in Mexico, pondered what to do, then worked on a couple of pages using a frame format.

      Marcia decided to use Katie’s frame approach, too, but kept her approach flexible and light with the markers. Delightful!

      Bill gets a lot captured in his small travel sketchbook, this time people as well as commentary. What a special keepsake this will be.

       Satoko has to join us late, so she doesn’t waste time getting her sketch going – what a lovely line drawing of vines on the fence.

     And Jane? She was so busy with breakfast and taking photos, she finished her sketch home using ink, ink brush, & colored pencils.

People and Places Predominate

5th Street Market, Eugene, OR

Jim, Daisy, Laura, Ellen, Satoko, Bev, Barb Sh, Barb So, Marsha, Lealan, Lona, & Jane behind the camera glad to be back from AZ.

        Now you can see what Jim is so intent on sketching – great job!

      Laura sketched the sketchers, as well as the ramen restaurant front.

        Ellen got started on one sketch – too many lines! – on on to the next.

         You might suspect that Satoko has done this kind of thing before!

     Bev did an impression sketch of men at a table, then a more detailed sketch capturing the ramen place as well as the window & booth.

      Barb Sh has a clever way of getting her models to hold still – take a photo, quick! She’s created the wonderful ambience of the place.

       Barb So had time for a quick pencil sketch, and Lona got out her big palette – she said she got frustrated traveling with a small one!

      Marsha is getting bolder in her use of the brush pen – nicely done.

      Jane boldly went directly to ink on paper – she says it was fun after she forgot to hyperventilate.

   Lealan did a black on white sketch using her Tombow marker – what a wonderful impression, brick wall and all!

It’s all about people…except when it’s not.

5th St. Market, Eugene, OR

      We took over a whole corner of the market – ended up with 17 people showing up to sketch! Here are Bev, Jim, Daisy, Danita, Barb So, Laura; Marsha, Erik, Penny M, Liz, Lealan, & Ellen.

       Bev’s snow scene sketches, and the sketches done today. Charming!

     Jim took on the sketchers scene in the window – what a nice scene.

    Daisy did a wonderful sketch of  her coffee. Then Bev said, “What are you sketching!” Oh, the ATM machine behind Bev’s back!

    Danita chose just three of the sketchers to sketch – her water color rendition definitely caught the essence of the people.

   Barb So had a slightly different angle for sketching people, and incorporated the table in front of her as part of the perspective.

    Laura was looking the opposite way – her stamped page lent a whimsical attitude which she carried on with the lights. What fun!

     Erik had just uncovered his small watercolor palettes along with a pack of “artist’s cards” – speaking of having fun, isn’t this great?

      Franzi slipped into the back corner, taking on the challenge of replicating a photo using colored pencils – she’ll add more layers, too.

      Penny M. said she’d just painted that same scene in oils, but here she is inspired by a picture of crocus, doing a watercolor interpretation.

      Marsha, sitting across from Penny, is continuing to develop her portrait skills, using Pitt pens with a light hand to bring the color out.

    Liz, joining us for the first time, came prepared with a beautiful flower photo she wanted to draw, and did some nice shading, too.

      Jane decided to try vignettes in interlocking frames – at first kind of a maze of lines, but she cleaned up the page for a delightful finish.

       The view of the round lights and sphere in the window caught Lealan’s attention, too; a  very different approach using markers.

    Ken never stops teaching and encouraging eager artists. Lucky us!

      Bill came late from an appointment, but he was ready to draw his subject – Jim – in preparation for a birthday card for his buddy.

    Zoe said she was just glad to be with us. She added onto a collage she was doing, then started sketching Ken across the room – nice!