Monday, June 13, 2011

Portland's Festival of Flowers

Every year for the Portland Rose Festival, there's a display of flowers in Pioneer Courthouse Square. This year, Bill Will designed 'You Are Here', a map of the world using 20,000 plants.  This sketch shows South America, looking northward. The plants that were used included marigolds, impatients,  tomatoes, mint, camomile, salvia, begonias, and more. Later this week, the plants will be on sale, so I'll be back again for some good bargains.

The next sketches were made at Jamison Square. Sometime I'll post a drawing of the fountain where people watch the toddlers play, but it's a perspective challenge that is really difficult for me.

There are always lots of boats and ships around for Rose Festival. Recently, the Portland Urban Sketchers spent a lovely sunny Saturday sketching at Riverplace. The boat in the foreground looks like it would be really fun to zip around in, but it wasn't really that short.
This last sketch was done at Kennedy School in the Courtyard Restaurant. The McMenamin's restaurants and inns are filled with art in every nook and cranny. I especially like the lamps in this room.
We're hoping for less rain and more sun in Portland. My sketching friends and I are all eager to be outside drawing.

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