Entries by Franki Kohler

Sauvie Island Visit

We recently crossed the bridge over to Sauvie Island, an island in the Willamette River just 20 minutes from where we live.  The northern half of the island is a wildlife refuge with 12,000 acres of state-owned habitat for wintering waterfowl, swans, herons, sandhill cranes, bald eagles and 250 other species. The southern half is primarily agricultural. […]

Willamette River Happenings

The river is alive and bustling. Here is the Portland sternwheel steamboat passing by. This was taken from our balcony.  The Portland was built in 1947 for the Port of Portland. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and currently hosts the Oregon Maritime Museum which owns it. The steamboat is moored at […]

Small Notebooks

I’m back in the studio working on a couple projects. I have some fabric I created in a surface design class some time ago and I’ve been creating small notebook covers with it. These little things are so handy and at just 4.5″ x 3.25″ they tuck into whatever you carry. When you’ve filled the […]

Happy Birthday Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary turns 100 on April 12th. Since her first book, Henry Huggins, was published in 1950 over 91 million copies of her books have sold. It’s entirely possible then, that, like me, you read many stories involving Henry, Ramona Quimby and Ribsy, Henry’s dog. Cleary grew up on NE 37th Street in Portland and […]

First Box From Organics to You

We have been missing the incredible boxes of farm-fresh vegetables and fruits that once came to our door from Shooting Star CSA. After all, it’s spring — so where are the strawberries and asparagus?  I have found a local source. Organics to You works with many local organic farms and other sources for organic foods […]

Small notebook cover

I took out a small piece of fabric this week and did some simple surface design work. I left some blank spaces so that I could add a bit of hand stitching. I have several small notebooks (4 1/2″ x 3 1/4″) in my stash that need a nice cover for them and, frankly, I […]

More Sketches

A couple weeks ago I began experiencing intermittent computer issues so my posting has been sporadic. Those issues have been resolved so I have full use of my computer now. Enough said. Here’s a sketch done in response to an assignment from my recent Sketchbook Skool instructor, France Belleville-Van Stone :  Sketch something with wheels […]

More Sketching

Another exercise assignment from Sketchbook Skool: without looking at the page, put pen to paper and sketch a portrait. I used a photograph of myself with David for this blind contour exercise and sketched us individually. The results were pretty funny. If you’ve ever seen Harry Nielsen’s The Point, David might remind you of the […]

Sketchbook Skool: Stretching

Sketchbook Skool is an on-line sketching and watercolor school that I have taken several classes with. While I was away, I received an offer for a class that had just begun at a price I couldn’t resist. When I got home I was eager to check in and take the first class with  Jonathan Twingley. Jonathan […]

Last Sketch in the Book!

I’ve just returned from a wonderful visit in Nevada and Southern California. I packed my traveling sketch bag along but didn’t think about the fact that I had just one empty page. Lesson learned. Happily, I had a few watercolor postcards in the bag so I was able to do more than one sketch. I was […]

Fountain Pen Sketch

I purchased a Lamy fountain pen over a year ago and have done little to become acquainted with it. I purchased the pen after taking a course through Sketchbook Skool with Liz Steel, an Australian architect-turned-sketcher who regularly uses her fountain pens to sketch. She discusses fountain pens extensively on her site here.  The pen […]

New work and a new app

I am still organizing my studio — really, an endless task when you think about it. The only way to find the best place for everything in that space is to get to work. So here I go. This is my first attempt at new work in over a year and I am feeling a […]