Portland Urban Sketchers met downtown at SW 2nd and SW Taylor at a Starbucks. Downtown on a Saturday morning is a quiet place– great for focusing on urban landscape without the distraction of traffic and pedestrians.

Twelve sketchers showed up on this cold, damp day. The sun kept teasing us, but the rain still fell.
I did some warm up drawings of my fellow sketchers & pasted in a map of the area,

we did venture outside, under a sheltered area that also had tables. I managed to mostly avoid drawing buildings. I just wasn’t feeling in the mood to work on perspective. In the background, you can see something with the letter E on it. Electric cars can park in two parking spots for as long as they want, as long as they are charging up their vehicles.

I attempted to figure out the lines of a bicycle locked to a bike rack. Not only is a bike difficult to draw, but the bike rack it self, had odd curved metal that confused my eye and my pen.

Huddled back in the warmth of the cafe, I couldn’t resist trying to draw this mural on the side of a building.


Our next stop was supposed to be Steamer’s for lunch, but since it was closed, we went to Seattle’s Best. We had lunch there and tried to sketch the Portlandia statue from the window. I couldn’t get a good view without taking over someone else’s chair, so I decided I’d draw the sketchers sketching the Portlandia statue. You can see below, on Kalina’s sketchbook the trident that Portlandia is holding.
One of these days, I will attempt to draw the Portlandia statue.

We shared our sketchbooks and then parted ways.


As we start a new year, I get to work in a new sketchbook! Which made me think about the sketches of 2011. Thinking I only had three sketchbooks filled with 2011 sket.ches, I was surprised to find more….FIVE, in fact!! These five books are filled with sketches, January 17, 2011 t0 December 31, 2011; 20120104-221703.jpg

20120104-221713.jpg here is a run down of where I sketched this past year: 21st Ave bar, Canvas, Boyd’s, downtown Portland, purest cafe, Columbia river brewing, Brooklyn neighborhood, twilight cafe, pioneer square, bob’s house, waffle window, on the max, Kenton, Nicholas restaurant, mt. Tabor, caldera, dr. Sketchy’s @ stump town comics fest, at home, st. Helen’s, Hawaiian island cafe, earth day festival, beach house, singer hill cafe In Oregon city, papaya Thai, camp cleawox, movie madness, horse brass pub, tabor space, Astoria, luigis pizza in rainier, drink daisy in Astoria, bob’s red mill, multnomah village, lucky lab, muddy rudder, oaks park, Johnson creek park, back of tandem bike on marine drive, river place, produce row cafe, past aria pasting, festival of balloons In Tigard, Moreland farmers market, the pearl, trek in the park, Pdx airport, on planes, Lisbon poets hostel, pastalria palus, miradouro de Santa Catarina, cafe a brasileira, rua serpa pinto, tabernacle do Chiado, amazens do. Chiado,, festival au largo, sintra, palacios de Pena, Castelo SE s. Jorge, faculdade de belas artes, cais do sodre, new black restaurante, noobai cafe, largo do barao de quintela, Praca de Sao Paulo, Adega dantas, Praca de Luis de Camoes,tease, rua do Norte, Praca do comercio, ena pai restaurante, Praca de Pedro IV, living lounge hostel, Lisbon airport, Philadelphia airport, Portland farmers market, Charlotte airport, baptist health hospital, shoneys in Montgomery, chappy’s deli, b,use mountain beach, FL, country’s, tea party, Starbucks, soapbox derby, Woodstock park, Gregg’s house, st. Johns pub, saburos, Chicago, st. Joseph, MI, caffe tosis, river view park, van buren state park, Kelley’s bowl, on Amtrak, on the el, at Dave & Sarah’s house, homestead, Oregon zoo, alder creek middle, Holcomb elementary, vivace, green beans, screen door, Moreland theater, prince of life church inoregon city,wind horse coffee, grand central bakery, tabor fest, papaccinos, fresh pot, whole foods, bazi bierbrasserie, whit comb elementary, papa g’s,merchants cafe in pioneer square in Seattle, pier 52, train station, sweet tomatoes, bertie Lou’s, 13th and bybee, st honoreboulangerie in L.O., Peculiarium, OMSI body worlds exhibit, occupy Portland, Japanese gardens, Palio, nectar, jury room, on a mule drawn wagon, at night along he waterfront, st. Mary’s cathedral, pioneer place, holiday gatherings, goodwill, izzy’s, Portland rock gym…

Whew! That IS a lot of drawing… 2 countries, 8 states, a dozen or more cities, too many restaurants and cafes to count, lots of planes, trains, automobiles and even on a tandem bike and a mule drawn wagon!