Sunday, August 8, 2010

view from Union Station footbridge.

Isabel Fiadeiro's presentation


dog park and warehouses 2 blocks north of Tanner Park.



Lapin and group at Ira Keller Fountain.




First day of Symposium anr color study from Jason Das' group.

I haven't had an experience quite like my 4 day jaunt about Portland and immersion in the extraodinary group of artist who make just a portion of the growing cadre called Urban Sketchers. To begin with, the symposium drew me to a pearl of a city in the verdant Pacific northwest. Having witnessed the decay, sprawl, and hollowing out of a number of American cities in my travels, I rejoiced in seeing a city whose policies of containing sprawl have actually served to keep the surrounding countryside intact and prevented atrophy in the core of the city. This in a city and state that have been under serious economic challenge and unemployment. There are far too many examples of cities suffering downtown neglect and the unrestained gobbling of surrounding farmlands by the cancerous spread of suburbs & exurbs. This is a city I hope to return to and catch a number of the sites I missed when I head back out to Oregon in the Fall.
But, in order to reunite with some of the wonderful, wonderful artists I met there I suppose I shall have to pack my arse off to Lisbon next year. Here are a number of the drawings I made during the USK Symposium. The ledger book I draw in is too big for my scanner and I'm not up to speed with my gear to post shots of the complete pages yet.
I wouldn't know who or where to start giving thanks to so I'd like to give my deep thanks to everyone, presenters and attendees that made for a truely special symposium. Maybe we'll trip over one another as we're sittin' on a street corner drawing. Cheers and keep on posting.

9 comments:

  1. A pleasure meeting you and seeing you draw in the big book Don. Great symposium.

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  2. great post, don I haven't travelled in America but definitly Portland was a very pleasant surprise and I was really happy to meet you and see your wonderful drawings and your mastery, see you in Lisbon.

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  3. Don these are great - even a small glimpse of your sketchbook is a good one. It was so great to meet you - I had such a lovely evening with y'all at Eleni's!

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  4. Great to meet you Don and share some sketching time with you. Your sketchbook is incredible!!

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  5. Hey Don........You are a natural teacher and I learned so much from you. I will be checking our artist supply stores in Seattle for a demo re Faber-Castell. Hope to see you in the NW again.

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  6. Hi Don, it was a pleasure meeting you and hopefully will meet again in Lisbon! Great post. thanks!!

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  7. Hi Don, thanks for sharing your sketchbooks. I loved perusing them in Portland. I really love the sketch of me--in case you don't know the names of the girls that you sketched here--they are (from left to right) Laura Frankstone, Donna McMenamin and Nancy McKinney.

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  8. Don, it was a real pleasure seeing your gorgeous work! As wonderful as it is seeing it here on the blog, it's nothing like seeing it in person---that heavy, folio-sized ledger book packed with brilliant, brilliant drawings! I hope it's highly insured ;D!

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  9. Great to meet you, Don! It was a great pleasure to see your wonderful works in person and had participated same session together.

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