• Virtual Sketchcrawl 12 - Winter

    1 month ago - By Urban Sketchers Portland

    These two sketches are of a huge Catalpa Tree (trunk diameter is approx 3' at waist height) that I see outside of my bedroom window. The room is on the second floor so my view is slightly from above and looking at the neighbors interesting Victorian house. I used my Pentel pocket Brush, Waterbrush with Noodlers Lexington Grey ink diluted with water, a Fude fountain pen with water soluble black ink, and some white gouache. Looking out of northwest window
    Looking out of the north window
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  • Virtual Sketchcrawl 12 - Winter - Empress Tree

    Virtual Sketchcrawl 12 - Winter - Empress Tree

    1 month ago - By Urban Sketchers Portland

    I'd been thinking of sketching my own catalpa, because winter exposes its true nature, with branches chaotically strewing themselves every which way. But from my windows on the first floor I can only really see its massive trunk, which doesn't change through the seasons. So, when I realized that it wasn't going to be raining this morning, I decided to bundle up and walk to the MLC school grounds to do their empress tree instead.
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