The Japanese Gardens are serene and beautiful, but it's always a disappointment not to be able to use watercolor there. Colored pencils are just so slow to me now and pen and ink doesn't show all the saturated greens against the blue sky.
On a new building across from Tanner Springs, I tried to capture the reflections of the buildings and sky. This is far trickier than I expected!
The shadows are what caught my eye on the YWCA. This was sketched from Behind the Museum Cafe on a chilly day before the leaves were out.
I sketched the top of the First Congregations Church from the sculpture court at the Portland Art Museum.
Closer to home, the Urban Sketchers of Portland had a sketchcrawl near my neighborhood. I took the opportunity to try to draw a car outside the Hollywood Vintage store. I don't like to draw cars, but thought I might like drawing an old design. I still don't like to draw cars.
This was sketched from my porch when the lilacs were just in bud and the camellias were still loading the branches nextdoor.