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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
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
I haven’t sketched outdoors much lately. I wondered what I might make of our buildings. Our studio is in an industrial area in NW Portland. This is the approach from the freeway. We share space in the building with Portland … Continue reading
I drive by these painted ladies several times a week, always thinking I should give them a go. The complicated details and the colors were a challenge for me to do loosely and not too “architectural.” I wanted them to … Continue reading
I did a quick sketch to try out my new Pentalic Field Book. 140lb. Acid Free; Cold Pressed; Exceptional wet strength; Professional grade watercolor paper. I love their pencils — my favorite — and they are an Oregon company: I … Continue reading
Mitchell sews on machines; I do not. I used to follow him around for a while at the sewing centers and drive him crazy behaving like a five-year-old, then go sit with the husbands waiting for their wives. Now I … Continue reading
I’ve approached these buildings, which are part of the St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception complex, dozens of times. Needing a break from bidding I stole away to sit in the car (easier to lay watercolors out) and do … Continue reading
Took a walk and sketched in our studio’s neighborhood, buildings I look at all the time. I was able to sketch both of them, and it was a bit like old times, architectural sketches. They are both shades of grey: … Continue reading
On this final (for now) Garuda, here is the story of Mitchell’s Garuda. Mitchell and I were buying statues from a Tibetan man in Nepal (long story, another time) and had never met him nor spoken with him. An anthropologist … Continue reading
McMinnville Oregon is a sleepy town with great places to eat, and a wonderful art store (Merriartist) which is staffed by people who either know the products or say they don’t, a refreshing change from overly huge chain stores that … Continue reading
I am really happy with the Garuda above! I wanted him to come alive, and not be a statue on a dais as he is shown in my post from earlier this week. I began with a pencil sketch in … Continue reading
I continue to work the various levels in washes, learning as I go. I worked with one of Mitchell’s favorite statues (right) which has a lovely history, which I will tell you all about in one of these posts when … Continue reading
I braved another day of sketching with the intention to sketch people in a crowded place. There were few people in today — what? — Saturday in Portland? This post is a big deal for me because I am posting … Continue reading
I haven’t had much time to paint anything this week but found moments in the car. Being back in a city is overwhelming in terms of the cacophony of lines and layers, rhythms and patterns. (Yes I spelled that wrong … Continue reading
Whenever I drive by the Palm Motor Hotel I get a little surge of home energy. It looks like motels I remember staying in when visiting Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. I’ve always loved these Mid-Century Modern signs. Today I … Continue reading
My first sketchcrawl with other people, the Portland Urban Sketchers; I’ve crawled around a lot by myself urban sketching! Mitchell was the bravest, being new to sketching and now going today as well. It wasn’t raining, it was POURING — … Continue reading