Thursday, July 28, 2011

Laurelhurst Park Paint Out

Met some friends this morning at Laurelhurst Park and did a couple paintings.  See who else came to paint here

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


I found out Carol Carter is going to teach a watercolor workshop in Portland next March! And ..... I wanted to paint this guy, especially after David L. and Mulind M. had their little paint off.  I had a photos from friends who had traveled to Nepal, Viet Nam, and Cambodia.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday Parkways

I was at the Park Blocks downtown just to see the activity because lots of streets were closed to cars. Only bikes and pedestrians could could follow the 6 mile loop linking SW Portland through The Pearl and into NW Portland. (Wallace Park)  The whole event looks so family friendly; Kids on the back seat of Tandem bikes, Kids with training wheel bikes, and kids in bike trailers.  I sketched these little folding travel bikes while I took a little break in the shade.  The company that makes these is down in Eugene, called Bike Friday. They really looked slick and folded down to the size of a baby carrier in about 10 seconds. I think they picked great colors but you'll have to add lights and reflectors.
There is a glare on the sign but this is a couple blocks North of the Museum.  The Farmers Market is in this block on Wednesdays till 2pm.

Friday, July 22, 2011

All in the Family Bears

Happy little family of Panda bears; poppa - mama - baby.  This will be the last of the bears for a while. I may finish out the rest of the collection on Behind the Scenes but I think I have covered the individuals with the most unique characteristics. These were fun to explore and recreate on paper.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Barely Bear

    This bear is very simply two pieces of leather stuffed and stitched together.  He has a string of beads around his middle and a circular brand of some type on his rump. On his back is an arrangement of feathers then a beaded hanger. maybe for the Christmas tree. I like that there is no face or eyes. Barely a bear. (Minimal)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

More From the Bear Collection

     This is the little bear I started yesterday after breakfast at Carolyn's.   She has quite the little bear collection; We're about half way through it.   I had no idea Carolyn's collection existed but I'm glad it does.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kodiak Bear

    Quickie little sketch this morning (cute bear of Carolyn's) and then a planned outing to Kruger Farms on Suavie Island.  Meeting any number of artists to paint around the farm and later enjoy a bar-b-q  and art sale.  Live music too!  Hope we get some sun this afternoon.  If you are in our neck of the woods, come on out - dive out highway 30, Take the new bridge to the island and head past the little market.  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cloudy and Sprinkles

Daisy Sprinkler - Just the right thing to cool off on a hot summer day!

Watercolor on paper; 6 x 8 inches

Monday, July 11, 2011

Grandpa's Ride

There used to be a matching boat but now this is just a feed truck, going to the dump truck, and sometimes he uses it to herd Buffalo from here to there. There's a big front seat; plenty of room for all the grand kids.

Grandpa's Ride, Pen and Watercolor, 5 x 5 inches 
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

American Bison

Hot day. Just about to cool off with a coating of dust.  It wouldn't work for me or my friends but these guys love it.  I was thinking some nice cool purples and blues  could make him think twice about a wallow in the dirt.  My great nephew thinks I should have just used brown but I didn't have any earth tones in my palette.  Maybe next time, crimson and orange.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Day to Waterolor Sketch

     Today was the weekly sketch meeting after the breakfast. It's hard to keep a regular sketching schedule in the summer because of the outdoor distractions and Carolyn is off babysitting her grandkids.  Today Celeste and I did finally get tgether to paint. Yay! Had a great session.  If you would like to see the rest of our accomplishments check these out.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Frog Lake , Mt Hood

We stopped at Frog Lake on Mt Hood so the kids could look for tadpoles and have a picnic.  We watched lots of those little pontoon boats with a single fisherman.  The water was high and pretty cold so we saw quite a few trout being caught.  The guys having the best luck were using flies. Some guy showed us the 20 inch trout already on ice. I had time to do some sketching  and get some pictures after lunch.  From past experience I know the lake perimeters will be loaded with frogs in August.

Above; Pen and Aqua Pencil  5 x 5 inches
Photo of Frog Lake on Mt Hood..