Friday, August 26, 2016

Urban sketching in St Helen's - part 3

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This week we visited City Hall in St. Helen's.  I've learned through experience to do two things.  First set my alarm on my phone so I don't lose track of time.  Second, take a picture before beginning to draw in case something happened and I needed a reference picture to fall back on.  I no more than got the upper half of the drawing penciled in and a food truck parked in front of the building obscuring the bottom half.  I finished drawing what I could and then head home when there was nothing more I could do without working from the photo I had taken.  I'm not sure I'm done with it so I'll ponder it a bit.  I badly want to add color but I'm sticking to the line work for the project.  

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Urban Sketching in St Helens - part 2

The next one in the series, the theatre in downtown St Helens.  I took the liberty of anticipating the upcoming celebration of Halloweentown, a movie Disney filmed in St Helens in 1998.  Last year they organized an event and were overwhelmed with the (unexpected) numbers of people that came from far and wide.  This year a lot more pre-planning is taking place so it should go more smoothly.  

Monday, August 8, 2016

Best in Show

The public were asked to cast their votes for their favorite piece in the August Arts Fair held in Scappoose.  My piece, "Sunworshippers", won the honors.  

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Urban Sketching in St Helens - part 1

First up is the Chamber of Commerce.  We sat across the street in front of Emmert and drew for about an hour and a half.  I didn't add any color on purpose because folks have been talking about developing coloring postcards for the area so I stopped at the line work.  The building was originally the local train station.  The drawings we did that morning are hanging in the back room.  More will be added as we continue our Thursday morning sessions.  

Monday, August 1, 2016

Urban Sketching in St Helens

We'll go through the end of September.  Each week we choose a different location and draw for a couple of hours.  If you haven't drawn buildings before, this is a good chance to learn how.  The drawings are hung in the Chamber of Commerce so stop by to see the fun we've been having.