In NW Portland there is an area we often drive through on our way to other places,
and each time I think about what a sweet neighborhood
this must have been before the area around it become warehouses…
At some point it will become high-rises.
I decided to sketch them; they’ve given me such delight!
I sketched them on site, and back in studio I inked
using a Platinum Carbon pen, and added color.
I started with NW Wilson…
the longest of the lovely old streets with all homes intact.
This time of year the greens are so bright and varied;
I had the most fun mixing greens.
The houses are all the same, alternating the exteriors,
which means they were probably all built by a developer as early track homes
of some sort, though not marketed the way they are today.
I never noticed before I drew them.
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Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook,
Lamy Joy with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges,
Platinum Japanese Art Pocket Brush Pen,
Sennelier, Holbein, MGraham, DS Primatek and Daniel Smith watercolors.
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