‘Bells of Blue’ (2018)

Yesterday our Astoria Draw group met at Paradise Productions in Astoria (http://www.chrisbryant.net/) for our fortnightly sketching gathering. Some took advantage of the fabulous view of the Columbia River with its large anchored cargo ships and pilings and others choose subjects inside the gallery. Knowing that most would draw views of the river I walked several blocks away and found these flowers next to the curb. Something different. Tried to make it pop more than my previous sketches.

Motley Fool

Another 90 minute sketching session with our group at the Seaside Carousel Mall. I had several practice attempts before going out into the wild. The color piece is the result. My first attempt at a face and why I do not do protraits. This is why I put amateur in front of artist.


Columbia River Statuettes


My sketch from today’s Astoria Sketching gathering at the Cannery Pier Hotel In Astoria, Oregon. Vast views of the Columbia River west and north of Astoria were available as well as interiors.
The most conspicuous error in the above sketch is the dark buoy in the near center of the image. It was the buoy’s true location but it focuses the eye away from the pilings the true center of interest. One of our group, Noel Thomas, pointed that out and said “Don’t let the scene dictate. Dictate the scene.”


Removing the buoy certainly improves that aspect of the drawing. Thank you, Noel. More contrast in the foreground would help also.