We were so pleased to retreat up into the woods at Cortesia last week in the hot weather, eager to repeat the visit, and happy to be welcomed back:
Anne joined us & was delighted to find a poppy to match her shirt. Meanwhile, Forest tells Hugh & Sandy about the property.
Erick starts sketching a tree, while Tricia and Hugh get set up, and Jane does a watercolor sketch of the glass assemblage on the table.
(You can see Anne on the other side of the table – knitting!)
Sandy and Tricia took on the glass assemblage challenge, too.
Here’s Sandy’s sketch, white gel pen on black paper.
Tricia added some background detail to her watercolor.
Hugh’s trees quickly took shape, & life with color added.
Erik’s tree outline begins to have depth & shading.
Meanwhile, someone asked Hugh & Sandy how their trip was, trekking the Camino in Spain, and out came their sketchbooks:
Here’s Sandy’s first page with an equipment sketch.
Tricia & Anne are entranced by the sketchbooks and tales of the trip.
Hugh enjoys giving Erik some highlights. Fabulous trip, fabulous stories – we’re so glad they’re back to share!
When Tricia invited us out to sketch at her place outside Eugene, few of us realized what a treat was in store! Of course, it did make deciding what to sketch a bit of a challenge. We may have to come back…
Entering the garden
Hi! What did Jan & Barb A find?
Erik checks out a rentable cabin – just right!
Penelope & Tricia know just where they want to go.
Penelope gets right at it, while Jan, Barb A & Trish chat.
Erik choses to do a wooded scene in graphite.
Forrest, Tricia’s husband, tells Erik about the history of the place.
Below is Erik’s developed piece.
Meanwhile, Tricia, Penelope, & Barb A get busy sketching, too. Can you see whose work is whose, and how it develops?
Back on the porch with Erik, Jan begins to capture the little birdhouse vignette.
Jane moves from the birdhouse to the pot of gaillardia:
And in the mail, not to be left out, come Hugh’s & Sandy’s sketches from far away.
As usual, we start our sketch meetings by catching up on what people have been doing since our last meeting – here’s Barb Shirk’s sketch from her trip to Ashland to see the plays:
And here’s Heidi’s completed sketch of flowers & shells on her deck:
Barb Shirk shared her sketch of some of us sketching last week:
And one of Penelope’s sketches of us, viewed by Barb A & Heidi (yep, that looks just like Joby!):
Here’s most of the happy crew from today (Penelope, Tricia, Heidi, Erik, Jan, Barb A, Barb Shirk – Jane behind the camera):
Jan and Barb A. adding water to pigment (Jan with markers, Barb A. with watercolor pencils):
Barb Shirk did a sketch of her dog Armando from a photo on her phone:
Jane did a sketch of the clivia in her front room (from a photo, too):
Erik’s sketch was from a sweet remembered scene in the medical clinic:
Tricia & Heidi sketched directly from observation today, as did Penelope (& Jan & Barb A, seen above):
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