Catching Up and Moving On

5th St. Market, Eugene, OR

First, the catching up….

oilp-Erik-2       1-ErikRemember Erik’s from the last session? Here’s where the trial went!

oilp-Ken-3      1-KenKen had a perfectly good sketch, but gave in to water brush effects.

Jan-model      1-Jane's treeJane couldn’t resist playing with Jan’s tree model from last week.

2-Erik       1-TriciaHere’s what Erik & Tricia did since last meeting.

1- groupKen shared photos of charming sculptures done by his high school art teacher, Larry Goldade. Watch for a show at Watershed soon!

BarbSh-1       BarbSh-2Barb Shirk showed us her long hair dachshund sketch, and then the secret of her watercolor pencils – licking her water brush!

Ken-2     Erik-Amy-Ken-2Ken’s concentration on steadying his watercolor brush quickly got trumped by being able to share breakfast with Erik & Amy Gibson.

Jan-1     Jan-2Jan found her sketch models across from us – look what she chose to include and what to exclude, then check out Barb Sommers’ below:

BarbSo-1   BarbSo-2

Sandy-1     Sandy-2Sandy started with sketching people, but got distracted by a postcard Ken brought with a Geisha – how enchanting is that!

Tricia-2     Tricia-3Meanwhile, Tricia’s eye was caught by the colorful clothes outside the window, but what to do with all the space on the page? So she selected a portion of the ribbon display, and let some ends loose.

From Waxy to Wet

5th St. Market, Eugene, OR

1-choicesBarb Sommers, Jan, Heidi, & Sandy ponder art materials – here the book Ken brought along regarding classic Roman lettering, and the pot of bright red ranunculi Jane brought to share.

Fiona     oilpas-JanKen interrupted Erik’s wax crayon sketch with a chuckle over the sketch his granddaughter Fiona did in his sketchbook.  Jan shows Heidi the difficulty she had with smudging with white wax crayon.

2-startThen Erik made it even more complicated by talking about techniques for using Caran d’Ache water soluble wax crayons, which got Ken trying them immediately (while Barb Shirk pours over the book on lettering, and Barb Sommers & Jan get busy sketching).

oilp-Erik-1     oilp-Erik-2
Ken admires the layers of dark color Erik got on a previous sketch, & Erik launches into a new one (come back to see the finish of it!).

oilp-Ken-1   oilp-Ken-2   oilp-Ken-3Ken looks at his initial sketch, then tries a wax pencil that Sandy shared, with the results at the right – nice definition & depth!

oilp-Sandy-1    oilp-Sandy-2 Sandy starts out with an ink line drawing, then begins adding color with the Caran d’Ache wax pencils (different from the crayons).

oilp-Sandy-3    oilp-Sandy4She adds layers of color shade until she’s satisfied – well, yeah!

oilp-Heidi-1     oilp-Heidi-3Heidi uses the wax crayons creating a memory – a Bavarian meadow!

BarbSh-1   BarbSh-pen1   BarbSh-water3Barbara Shirk gets a critique from Ken on one of her sketchbook pages, then (ignoring the wax crayons!) starts a new one, featuring one of her daughter’s dogs (a long-haired dachshund).

Jan-model     Jan-TomboLooking out the window we see Jan’s view, then back on her page is her sketch using Tombo brush pens. That yellow sings!

BarbSo-water-1     BarbSo-water-2Barb Sommers couldn’t resist sketching the flowers, using ink along with her usual deftness with a soft watercolor.

ranun-Jane1      red ranunculas-blue potJane’s always complaining about being too tight & detailed – here’s her initial ink sketch, and the watercolor treatment she gave it when she got home.  Is that loosening up??? Uh….

Hiding Away – where’s the sun?!?!

Hideaway Bakery, Eugene, OR

It was a chilly overcast day, so we opted to be sketching inside across from the fireplace (the warmth was welcome!).

IMG_5643Here’s Jane’s sketch of the gal totally immersed in her laptop computer, sitting in front of the fire.

IMG_5645   IMG_5650Tricia said she was trying sketching directly with color, not using an ink pen (which is her usual go-to sketch tool), then  going back in to add detail and contrast.  Looks successful to me!

IMG_5647    IMG_5649It’s St. Patrick’s Day!  Even though Ken’s granddaughter Fiona reportedly thought it was an opportunity to pinch everybody willy-nilly, we gladly took one of the stick-on shamrocks Jane brought. Here’s Barbara Sommers sketching cups and shamrocks.

IMG_5648     IMG_5651Erik was working on two small vignettes – how does he get such sharp thin lines? A fortuitous break of a crayon!

IMG_5653Sandy interrupts her sketch of a cookie to respond to a query on her phone from the guy building her pottery table. What you can’t see here is that when she got back to her sketch, the model was gone! Now who could be the culprit…..

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!)


A friendly sketching group