Saturday, September 16, 2017

Slabtown sketchcrawl

We met in my neighborhood, at New Seasons.  I'd been admiring the two funky old houses on Quimby for a while, and decided that I should sketch them.  Today, before the weather turns bad or they're torn down and redeveloped.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Chapman swifts

Went up to watch the swifts again. 

And this time, I watched the swifts instead of the people.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Tanner Springs Park

I started out with a view of the pond and causeway.  There were fish aplenty bouncing around under the surface, and one mallard coasting along on top.  And plenty of kids coming along trying to spot both.

Then a quick sketch of Madeleine, who had brought her lunch and ended up sketching the mallard, who stuck around looking for crumbs.

Then another quick sketch of a few of the buildings overlooking the park.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


On emergency preparedness.  All the things that I ought to be doing.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Waiting for the eclipse...

I trudged up to Pittock Mansion through Hillside, only getting lost once, and found a crowd already gathered.  I sat down under a tree to wait, and, while waiting, started sketching everyone else, waiting.

I hadn't bothered to get eclipse glasses, planning on going old-school, and letting the tree I was sitting under be my pinhole projector, throwing hundreds of images of the sun on the ground.

But the absolute best projections were the ones on the Wildwood Trail as I started down it.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Congregation Beth Israel

This month's sketchcrawl was to Beth Israel in NW.

I found a spot where I could sit in the shade and do the tower over one of the entrances.

And then got up and walked around, to unkink.  And, turning around, found a line of intent sketchers modeling for me.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Storm recovery - final chapter

The newly poured sidewalk passed the city's inspection.  So, over the weekend, a worker came by to break apart the forms and cart off the debris, along with all of the yellow tape and orange cones.

After he'd left I reinstalled the watering bag and filled it up.  (I'd spent a month watering the tree with a leaky bucket, to keep the workmen from tripping over, or puncturing, the bag.)  The crepe myrtle seems to have survived the upheaval.

And on the other side, the persimmon is fat and happy.  As in, it's got fruit.  One blossom fell off, but I've got four little green persimmons growing.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Union Station

An impromptu outing, in honor of the symposium going on in Chicago.

Union Station from the other side of the pedestrian bridge, and the bridge itself.
Inside the station - part of the line waiting to board, and a woman (who didn't board) deeply engrossed in writing.

And finally, Big Pink, on the other side of yet another construction site.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Portland Art Museum

Tried my hand at an ink drawing of a silver goblet in one of the permanent exhibits.

Saturday, May 13, 2017


Random audience member at Hands Up!, at Friendly House.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Storm Recovery - the other new tree

This one's on 28th Pl.  A persimmon, replacing the tree that the city had me take down.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


On the ninth floor of a building downtown, with a nice view.

Friday, April 28, 2017


Storm Recovery - New Tree

This is the crape myrtle, planted two days back, to replace the catalpa that fell down.  I actually helped with the planting, which was more difficult than it should have been, because the stump grinder had left big chunks of roots that we kept hitting.  One of my neighbors who was also on the crew had to go and fetch an axe to clear the hole.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lu San Garden

Walked down to the Chinese garden for a reception, announcing an upcoming series of jazz concerts. Had some snacks, and made a couple of sketches, while listening to some mellow jazz.

Tried my hand at one of the koi, who seemed to be extraordinarily interested in me.  Or possibly in my food.

But then it started raining, and I found another spot, under cover, and worked on a view through a window into a courtyard.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


The suggestion was to do a drawing using only straight lines.  I tried it on a statue of Atalanta, forcing straight lines by setting that style.  And found that it was damned hard to do her curly hair, or the swirly flounces of her dress.

Next I tried a bust, with the straight line style turned off.  But still did the shading with cross-hatches.