Not Hiding from an Early Spring

Hideaway Bakery, Eugene, OR

heidi-sandy     sandy-eric
Heidi and Sandy enjoy sketching in the sun – here’s Sandy’s sketch of Erik, who was sitting across from her.

Erik-1     Erik-2As always, Erik is sketching from images saved in his memory bank.

Heidi   Jan-erik-heidi
Heidi begins her sketch of a hanging basket – lovely details emerge.

Jan-1     Jan-2Jan’s fierce attention to detail really pays off!  Ta dah!

KenIt’s always a special treat when our teacher-mentor-friend, Ken O’Connell, is able to join us.




News from the New Day

New Day Bakery/World Cafe, Eugene, OR

The number of sketchers who are able to meet together varies widely with our group, but never the amount of interesting things that happen!

BarbsHere are two of the “Barbs” – Barb Sommers and Barb Shirk – hard at work.  Barb Shirk was using her Lamy pen for drawing (which comes with water soluble ink), and said that when she sprayed it with water it turned out to be TOO much water! You don’t learn without trying.

EuniceA woman named Eunice showed us drawings that she has created from numbers: 1 becomes a cross, 2 a duck, 3 a snowman, 4 an old woman, 5 a boat. She said she sometimes does her drawings for children who come to the bakery for their artistic amusement.

Jan    Jan-2     Jan demonstrates her facility in using the Tombo water soluble ink markers (her secret, she licks the ends of them!)


And When We’re Not Sketching…

Wichita Art Museum, Mar. 12 at 6:00 pm

Our own Joby Patterson is giving a Curator’s Talk: Remembering Kansas of the 1930s: Norma Bassett Hall’s Color Block Prints

American artist Norma Bassett Hall (1888-1957) found inspiration in the diverse landscapes that she and her husband, artist Arthur William Hall (American, 1889-1981), encountered in their travels and in the places they lived. Bassett Hall resided for nearly two decades in Kansas, and she was the only female artist among the founders of the Prairie Print Makers, a Wichita-based artists’ association founded in 1930. Between 1923 and 1944, she created more than a dozen captivating Kansas images. In the 1940s, Bassett Hall was part of a wave of artists experimenting in serigraph, or silkscreen, for fine art rather than advertisement.

Dr. Joby Patterson is the guest curator of Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: The Color Prints of Norma Bassett Hall on view through July 12. She will share her adventures in uncovering the life and work of Bassett Hall and discuss the artist’s techniques and creative vision. A book-signing of Patterson’s 2013 publication, Norma Bassett Hall: Catalogue Raisonné of the Block Prints and Serigraphs will follow. Patterson is an art historian specializing in early 20th century American printmaking and the author of Bertha E. Jaques and the Chicago Society of Etchers, which she began on a Smithsonian Fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 1990. She taught the history of printmaking at the Universit of Oregon and lives in Eugene.


Galleries open until 6 pm. Free admission. Held in conjunction with “Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: The Prints of Norma Bassett Hall,” on view from February 21 through July 12, 2015.

Pumped up!

The Pump Café, 710 Main St., Springfield, Oregon

We’re always interested in trying a new sketching venue, and when Hugh & Sandy had breakfast at The Pump Café in Springfield, they approached  the owners with the idea of having the sketch group be able to spend some time sketching there some morning.  They said yes, and we were charmed to be in such an interesting warm hearted place. (The food was great, too.)

focused sketchersWe were just a small group, but sure enjoyed being there – Tricia, Sandy, & Erik (who couldn’t resist their eggs on pancakes – YUM).

Tricia-quickTricia started by showing us the sketch she completed the last time we were together, noting the demands of sketching fast when your model is apt to move on!

window   Tricia-viewHere’s the view from the inside The Pump Café looking out to the sheltered outside patio, Trisha’s initial sketch outline on the right.

Jane-window   Tricia-windowHere’s Jane’s sketch done on grey toned paper, and Trisha’s in watercolor on white paper. It’s interesting to see how different artists choose what to include in a sketch, what to exclude.

Sandy & Trish-wall     Sandy-startTrisha had to turn around to see what had Sandy so intrigued across the room on the wall.

Sandy's view     Sandy-wallOh! What an interesting collection of memorabilia on display! Sandy really had fun sketching this, as you may be able to tell!

Munching and Morphing

Perugino’s, Eugene, OR

E&S-1     E&S-2Erik, ever the gourmand, choses a caprese salad to sketch, and Sandy adds her cappuccino to her version. Wow, look at those colors!

Trish-morph     Trish-sketchTrish introduced the topic of “morphing” when last week she started a sketch of Jane and when Jane left early she had to turn into a green vase of flowers!  Today she got the caprese and Jane, too.

BarbSo-1-last     BarbSo-2Barbara Sommers often has to leave early, so it was fun to catch up on her finished sketch from last week, & see her start a new one.

Carlos-BSh-1     Carlos-BSh-2Jane brought a printout of a sketch Carlos Castro Perez had posted on Facebook on the Urban Sketchers page because it reminded her so much of how Barb Shirk sketches grow around different things.

Jane-1    Jane-2Jane tried to let Carlos’ sketch of different objects from the same street influence her sketch of the inside of Perugino’s. But hers turned out not to be so loose!  (How does he do it?!?)

BSH-cows     BSh-morphMeanwhile, Barb Shirk tried adding the cows from a painting to her sketch, but when it got too challenging, they morphed into women’s heads! (Can you see the cows hiding in her sketch?)

Trish-model     Trish by Brb ShAnd then Trish made such an enticing model across the table that Barb Shirk added her to the page, too.

A friendly sketching group