Tag Archives: NW Portland

USk: Trinity Episcopal Church’s Red Doors, Alphabet District

Trinity Episcopal Church, at the corner of 19th and Everett, across from where the NW Outdoor Market is often held.   I rarely see it like the image right (Wiki) — trees obscure the lovely old building except when it … Continue reading

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USk: Vaughn St and 18th Street

Near Lindy Ltd., Vaughn curves into 18th and there is a lovely set of older buildings. I’ve seen chickens in the street in this odd quiet part of the city. Quick studies, not that happy with outcome — trees are … Continue reading

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USk: Pro Photo Supply, 18th and Marshall, NW Portland

Had little time to sketchcrawl last weekend, but found a great corner near us in NW. Around the corner from the main Pro Photo shop on 19th is the new-old building, where they’ve taken a dull green-grey corner at 18th … Continue reading

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Doc Youping Qin

Dr. Youping Qin is my acupuncturist.  My images here are part of a larger set, depicting the history of acupuncture and Chinese immigrants to Oregon.  (This post is about the painting, not the story!) Doc Qin has been a Portland … Continue reading

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Doc Zhou

Wanting to test some techniques for a more serious piece. I’m no portraitist!  But I practice, with a little help from my friends…  This sketch is way too pale to begin… Liking the darker colors… Wanting to frame and brighten… … Continue reading

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NW Portland Industrial Sanctuary

Our studio sits in the NW Industrial Sanctuary.  When most think of a sanctuary they think of preserving bird and wildlife habitats, but there are other kinds of sanctuaries. Once this was a gorgeous waterway and lake , used for … Continue reading

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My Secret Journal: Eleven, Shellacking

Note:  I am writing a story/journal that I don’t want to show before it is published in full.  These are some of the illustrated pages in the sketchbook for the story. Shellacking an oak table in the first finish room; … Continue reading

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Sketching Memories of Our Staycation, 6 Crows

A lot of my journal about our time off are simple pages that form a background for my journaling; many are private, but some are like this, simple sweet memories of us watching the crows fly home at night. Inked … Continue reading

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Sketching Memories of Our Staycation, 5 Yellow Truck

Is there anything cooler than an old truck? It brings back memories of my baby brother’s blue truck, of my grandparents ranch and their Grange friends, of riding in the back of my middle brother’s truck with my arms around … Continue reading

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Sketching Memories of Our Staycation, 3 Industrial

Writing, writing, writing. . .  Make the book exciting, Raw-hide! Mitchell likes to make up new words to old songs! Our quest to try new places took us to the Industrial Cafe for breakfast. It was good, but not great.  … Continue reading

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My Secret Journal: Seven, Graffiti

Note:  I am writing a story/journal that I don’t want to show before it is published in full.  These are some of the illustrated pages in the sketchbook for the story. Graffiti which used to be on a building in … Continue reading

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Sketching Memories of Our Staycation, 1

I love sketching in journals because I love making our memories come to life. Mitchell and I are staying in Portland for our vacation; I am told the hip thing to call it is a “staycation.” Mostly we are working … Continue reading

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My Secret Journal: Five, NW Neighborhood

(Note:  I am writing a journal that I don’t want to show before it is published in full.   I realized I can simply share some of the images without the writing;  These are a few blank pages that will … Continue reading

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My Secret Journal: One

Well as my brother’s used to say, I AM blonde! (Sssshhh, so are two of my brothers.) I am writing a journal that I don’t want to show before it is published in full. This is why I have not … Continue reading

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USk: Slabtown New Seasons Opening!

We are so happy to have New Seasons blocks from our studio! No more driving all around for groceries!  YAY! We went opening day before we opened the studio. Mostly they were setting up and greeting their new customers, and … Continue reading

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USk: Meriwether’s Restaurant NW Portland

Meriwether’s Restaurant looks like a nice house on a commercial street, but for the riot of bright yellow echinacea that bloom every summer in front of lavender and blue hydrangea.  Walking between the building and the flowers you might forget … Continue reading

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Palace Cakes

Good coffee.  Not Espresso but good coffee. Cake and coffee can do a lot to change your world! A bad day saved by Palace Cakes in Portland! Drawn in an Strathmore Mixed Media journal with Pentalic HB woodless pencil, Platinum … Continue reading

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USk: Pyramid Juices + Schoolhouse Electric

Schoolhouse Electric is on Nicolai St. It’s been revitalized with a barista and a great home furnishing and lighting store. It was a hot day to sketch. Pyramid Juices was once made in Ashland Oregon before it was bought out … Continue reading

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