I spend a good bit of winter skiing. I'm a senior ski patroller and a certified professional ski instructor. Since, with our move to Rockford, Michigan, we now live only seven miles from a ski area I thought it might be fun to teach skiing this winter. So in addition to doing ski patrol duty on the weekends, when I teach patrollers to ski and run rescue toboggans, I've been teaching skiing a couple of days a week at the Cannonsburg ski area.
During lunch break I did this quick sketch of Cannonsburg's lift shack where four skiers at a time board the lift and head up the hill.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
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"2nd Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers Sketchcrawl"
July 11 and 12, 2014
Join us in Portland, OR, this coming summer for the "2nd Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers Sketchcrawl." Like it's predecessor last summer in the San Francisco Bay Area, this event is free. There are no workshops, or lectures; just the pure enjoyment of meeting old and new friends in a rich environment laden with tons of Portland eye-candy for your sketchbooks.
Here's what we have planned.
FRIDAY: Meet up at McMenamins Ringlers Pub at 5:00pm. The plan involves "breaking the ice" and getting to know others quickly with a "Five-Minute Portrait Party" where participants, in a "speed dating" format, will have 5 minutes to draw each other's portraits. What could be more fun than getting to know each other better in a world-class pub with great food, drinks, chips, dips and jalapenos while sketching each other's faces. Afterwards there will be plenty of time for some of the other things we have in mind for after dinner. We would tell you now, but we don't want to ruin the fun.
SATURDAY: We will spend the day from 9:30am until 4pm in the South Park Blocks. This park spans 12 straight blocks, walking distance from downtown. It is lined with museums, pubs, book stores, coffee shops, buskers, and city art displays. A veritable cornucopia of friendly people and things to sketch.
Meet up at 9:30am in front of the Portland Art Museum, (on the east side of the building, facing the park). We will have two sharing events: one at high-noon, the other at 4pm (locations will be announced at the meetup). Participants will be free to group-up for lunch in one of the many eateries found in this area.
We have no "ending time" planned for Saturday. Some folks might want to gather for dinner and keep drawing during and afterwards. We have nothing planned for Sunday; participants will be on their own to explore the city as they choose.
LODGING: There is no shortage of downtown overnight accommodations in Portland. Here are a few recommendations to get you started.
- Higher-end: the Mark Spencer.
- Mid-range: (with a hip Portland flavor): The Ace Hotel.
- Budget-rate: NW Portland Hostel.
If you plan to attend, click this link, RSVP, with your name in the subject line, and if you plan to attend the Friday event also add "Friday." Thanks.