USk: Native American Student Center PSU

W16 4 USK NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENT BLDG 2Above, a quick sketch (with Diamine Ancient Copper ink in a Lamy Al-star)
of the Native American Student Center at the south end of the PSU campus, off the park.  Watercolor wash moved the inks: three colors were used: Yavapei, Lapis, and Shungite, with a bit of leftover mixed green for the tree which was overshadowed by the Ancient Copper ink, which runs like crazy…. Below, pushing my comfort zones, using
watercolor pencils, no inked lines (absolutely out of my comfort zone), and watercolor washes on site.  Back in studio added to the washes a bit,
and may have overworked it.  Watercolors are SO in the moment, unforgiving!

W16 4 USK NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENT BLDG 3I am not fond of much of the modern architecture in Portland because it is boring,
not adventurous, but this building is complicated and evokes the Native American traditions beautifully.  I knew what it was before I heard the name.
It is both modest and strong, reflecting the tradition it houses.

Strathmore Mixed Media journal with Diamine Ancient Copper ink in a Lamy Al-star,
and Greenleaf & Blueberry 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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10 Responses to USk: Native American Student Center PSU

  1. sandidureice says:

    Love the effect of the movement of the ink. I appreciate from your comments how difficult it must be to control this type of ink.


  2. Faye says:

    I have never heard of the copper ink you mentioned. Whatever it is, you made a great illustration with it. Also, the old building is lovely. You have such a nice style of painting.


  3. laurie says:

    both beautiful paintings!!!
    you are so right, watercolors are so NOT forgiving,, very in the moment!!


  4. Beth says:

    Wow! These are wonderful!


  5. EVA says:

    Lovely sketches! Drawing and painting architecture is challenging!


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