Sunday, June 16, 2013

Portland's Lush Greenery

Portland is known for being rainy and all that rain makes it a very green city. This spring, everything seems to be growing rapidly. At home, we keep pruning and pruning and still the shrubbery gets thicker and taller. Here's some of the greenery from around town.

This was sketched beneath the trees at the PSU Farmers Market

 The next two, were sketched while on a sketchcrawl with the Urban Sketchers of Portland. I made these in the alleys, surrounded by shrubbery and compost bins--probably with prunings inside.

I'm not complaining. I'm very happy to live in such a green city.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Plein Air

Last week, in a friend's backyard, we had a model for our sketching group to draw or paint.

Every time I drew the model, I unintentionally made her look different. Not her fault at all, since she was a terrific model. 

It's really a pleasure to sketch outside on a lovely day with friends.