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North Portland Studios

9 Apr

Fresh or fake

This is a quick color sketch done last fall in the North Portland Studios located in St Johns district just in the shadow of the bridge of the same name.  The dahlias were fresh and displayed incredible color.  How could you not respond to that?  I generally get together with friends once a week to do some still life sketching.  If I don’t see what I need in front of me, I may improvise to improve the composition.  I like to create depth through overlap at the very least.  I consider percentage of warm and cool or at least a variety of color to keep the eye moving around the set up.  It’s just plain good practice wouldn’t you say?


Finished Old Sketch

29 Feb

I recently added color to this drawing done last summer. A group of Plein Air Painters were given access to the Miss Portland Stern-wheeler moored at the sea wall in down town Portland.  In May this year look for a Nautical Art Show co sponsored by the Oregon Society of Artists and The Oregon Maritime Museum with work displayed in both locations.

The wheel is so large, there is a strip of flooring removed for clearance should the craft have to make quick maneuvers. The brass stand is for communicating with engine room.  Every time the Captain moves the lever, a bell rings and the lever action is repeated below decks. The engineer repeats the action to signal Captain message received

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