Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Yet More Reindeer

I was in Seattle for the weekend, and arranged to get into town early enough to meet up with some Seattle Urban sketchers for an outing to the Reindeer Festival at Swanson's nursery.

Two reindeer, Dasher and Blitzen, who were more restless than the ones that I'd stumbled upon earlier in the week.  But then Blitzen turned her butt my way and put her head down to eat.

One camel, named Curly.  Evidently, he was good friends with the festival's Santa.  He stopped by Curly's cage on his way to his shift, and as soon as Curly heard Santa's bells he craned his head around to look for him.  And gave a great harrumph when he hove into view.  Which was camel for "About time you got here!  How about coming over here and scratching my ear?"

I was pretty chilled by now and headed inside to check out the model railroad, sketching in the intervals between kids.

And then finally found the koi pond in the cafe.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Pioneer Courthouse Square

"Allow Me" in an ugly Christmas sweater

And a bit of another group of carolers


Not your normal everyday urban sketch outing.

Montgomery Park had rented a couple of reindeer and invited the kids from the Montessori school across the street to come and see them.  When the kids lined up and trooped into the building the carol the lunch crowd, I stuck around and did this:

This sweetheart is Dasher, 7 years old and the mother of a 7-month old.  The daughter was nearly as big as her mom, but with short, spindly antlers.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Staver Annual Steam-Up

Adults tending to their model steam locomotives, running around to keep them running.  And kids simply running around, chasing the trains.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

OMSI After Dark

Just like your usual science museum.  But with food and booze and live music.  And no kids, so you can play all the games without guilt.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Random bus passenger

largely done from memory, because we got to his stop before I got very far.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fall Color

One last little bit on Thanksgiving Eve:
And later, the back of a fellow bus passenger's head.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

St Mary's Cathedral

A detail from one of the stained glass windows.

Mt Scott Park

Urban sketchers' sketchcrawl

I hung out on the southern edge of the park, and found spots where I could sit in the sun.  But it was still danged cold.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Concerts and lectures

Another NCCO concert, this time at 1st Methodist.

Then, in the evening, a pre-concert lecture.  For a concert by Cappella Romana, that I'd had tickets for for months.

A quick sketch of a small part of the mound of the fruits of the harvest piled up before the altar at Trinity Cathedral.

Friday, November 13, 2015


A quick sketch while waiting for the doors to open at 1st Congregational for an afternoon NCCO concert.   Very short, cause he got up and left when I'd made it this far.  

 And that evening, Jesus and Mary at St. Mary's Cathedral.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

ChickTech showcase

 And a quick sketch at the PSU Urban Plaza, while waiting for the streetcar.