USk: St. Patrick’s Church in the Alphabet District of Portland


I love Saint Patrick’s Church in NW Portland.
I drive by it all the time as it sits across from our bank.
The Beaux-Arts church looks like it belongs in Italy,
set into cobbled streets surrounded by a park and houses from that era.


It sits nearly under and slammed up against the stupid freeway that was built after it.
All around is blacktop, vast possibilities for parking.
(Image below drawn from Google streets — not live from the freeway.)

w15 2 7 USK ST PATRICKS CHURCH PDX GOOGLEThis is the first time I’ve put Steven Reddy‘s suggestion from his Craftsy class to work.  While mine is not perfect, I like this manner of adding shadow with a diluted waterproof ink before adding watercolors, and am happy with this first attempt.
You can see the progression below.

W15 2 7 USK ST PATRICKS CHURCH PDX 001 W15 2 7 USK ST PATRICKS CHURCH PDX 003The full spread below.
The sketches were done onsite, the grey shadows were created onsite.
The text, watercolor and the sketch of the Google maps images
(the freeway) were added in the studio.

W15 2 7 USK ST PATRICKS CHURCH PDX 007And what do you do when you completed go dyslexic (I am)
and spell a word in an unrecognizable way?
Collage!  See that itty-bitty photo of the old school?  BIG mistake covered.

Drawn in an Strathmore Mixed Media journal with Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
various pens and with Super5 and Carbon Black ink and Daniel Smith watercolors.


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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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6 Responses to USk: St. Patrick’s Church in the Alphabet District of Portland

  1. Wow! The shading really adds a touch of je ne sais quoi to this one! I need to check out that class you cited. Beautiful work, as always!! 💛


  2. Dan Antion says:

    First attempt? Kate, these are beautiful!


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