Friday, April 13, 2018

First Hill in Seattle

I was up for a concert on Thursday, and stuck around for a sketchcrawl on Friday morning.  It was raining lightly for most of the morning, so I wandered around looking for places that were out of the rain and had a view of something interesting.  I circled the area for a bit until I ended up at the top of First Hill, tucked into the entrance of the Polyclinic, and sketching First Baptist (where the concert had been).  It's actually even more baroque than this.  I left out about half of the twiddly bits.

Then I headed back down to Pike and found a spot where I could see the dome of First Covenant (the body was hidden behind a building with a parking lot on its roof) with the buildings of downtown rising behind it.

By this time the rain had finally stopped, so I walked down to do the Plymouth Columns, which were still dark with the morning's rain.  The trees in the park have grown significantly since I left town.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Yet more cats

This might work for Pippin.

A furrowed brow, and worried, green eyes, cause her faint tabby lines always make her look anxious.  And a big bushy tail to show that she's a girl.

A couple of poses from a cat mannequin, done fairly realistically, and then as Jade.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

More cats

Doodles to come up with a cartoon likeness of Jade.

Saturday, April 7, 2018


Yet another sketching group.  (Which might fold into the local chapter of urban sketchers)  We met at the art museum.  We were going to meet outside, and then switched to meeting inside, in the face of the predicted monster storm.

But the day started out sunny and warm, so I started out outside, doing one of the sculptures in front of the museum.  But from the back, so it was difficult to make out exactly what the shapes were.
It was still dry when I finished that, but the wind had picked up, so I shifted to the sculpture garden.  I bought a coffee and a scone and then sat down at one of the outside tables and sketched a couple of flower pots, playing around with different brushes to add splotches of color.

Then, from the same spot,  I started a study in shading.  That quickly turned into a study on reflections, and how rain runs down a vertical surface.

Saturday, March 31, 2018


A cute kitten, done on a trip on the streetcar.  With a couple attempts to give her Siamese coloring.

But later, when I browsed through my old photos, I realized that Jade was even less of a Siamese than I remembered.  I did remember her white paws (OHS billed her as a 'snowshoe Siamese'.)  But she doesn't have a mask.  Just some gray smudges on her crown and beside her eyes.  And a tan smudge on her nose.

Later, in the afternoon, Aramis wanted to go out and sit in the sun.  So I took my tablet and sketched a clump of bluebells.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Book group

Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid (Everybody Reads)

Snuck in a sketch of Bruce in the first round of comments.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Portland Art Museum

Our assignment was to draw one of the large sculptures in the modern art building, portraying it as being assembled from smaller objects.  Oh, and paying attention to composition.

I walked into the second building and wandered about, settling on one sculpture, to do straight.

And then I circled around to a different side and attempted to draw that, using the people and signs from yesterday's march.  A bit of a mess actually.  I'm thinking that I ought to have started with a rough sketch that blocked out the shadows and the shading, and then inserted my figures to fit into those forms.

I did the same view again, using straight pigment, to show what I was actually seeing.