My studio has been closed down since February — the month that we decided to sell our home and move to Portland. It is still far from up and running and I have been missing the creative surge a lot. I’ve been so busy with all the ‘settling’ activities involved in a major move that I haven’t even done any sketching since July. sigh
I found Urban Sketchers/Portland on line recently and marked my calendar for their sketch crawl scheduled for Saturday, November 28. Eight of us met at Case Study Coffee, had a cuppa and chatted about the plan. The plan was to walk across the street to the main library and sketch; meet about 12:30 to share what you sketched.
The main library in Portland is a huge, beautiful building; however, stepping inside is even more impressive. The architecture and spaciousness of this library is nearly overwhelming. I feel incredibly privileged to have access to the building and the collections. Here’s a Google Earth photo of it:
I started by walking around the library first. The more I walked, the more intimidated I felt about sketching. Finally, I got my ‘just do it’ attitude tweaked and stopped in front of a window. Here’s part of the view I saw:
This tree had large patches of very thick moss and there were ferns growing from the moss. As many times as I’ve walked by these trees on the street, I never noticed that. I took a photo of the tree. Unfortunately, the sunlight created a serious challenge. I think you can get the idea though.
Next I went down to the second floor and sketched the entry to one of the library rooms:
The real challenge is deciding how much detail to include. There was a lot more detail in the wood work than I’ve captured here. Still, I’m happy with what I got in the time I had to do it.
There were two things that I wanted to achieve with this outing: First, I wanted to meet some fellow Portland artists — check! — and second, I wanted to do at least one sketch — check! This was an incredibly welcoming and warm group of people. I will be marking my calendar for their next gathering.