Thursday, September 4, 2008

Astoria, Oregon

Another wonderful trip with Mari Le Glatin Keis in Astoria, OR. This time my sister was able to join me and we had a marvelous adventure. We met a great group of women and made new friends and new memories. There was even a great art store we just had to visit, twice. We had some interesting weather, cool and rainy with some sunny breaks, but it is Astoria, 96" of rain a year!
Three of the group lived in Astoria and one of the husbands took us on a motor cruise on his 40' sailboat. It was fun to sketch from the boat for an hour or so. I sketched things from the shore as well as thing on the boat. It was grey, cloudy, blue patches, grey, sun, rain, wind, cloudy, and we sketched away! We never let the weather detour us from our joy of sketching.
His boat was called the Pelican and we had our photo taken as we passed by Pier 39. There is a great little cafe and coffee place on the pier, Coffee Girl, where each group waited while the other cruised. We spend some wonderful times there eating, drinking, sketching and laughing. Their Chai Latte is grand. The old bouy floats were hanging in the corner.
After our motor cruise we met up at another gal's floathouse for our afternoon meet up and appetif. She has a wonderful place with a wrap around covered porch with great sketching opportunities. There was a steady rain so we couldn't sketch the floathouse from the road but we managed things from around the porch. It was quite peacful sketching and hearing the rain on the roof.
Robert Bateman 6" x 9"
Ink and Watercolor

10 comments:

MaryO said...

These are delightful pages! Makes me so ashamed I didn't do so well on my recent vacation.......

Sandy said...

What FUN pages, your journal captured so much and so Well!!! Just Fabulous!

john.p said...

That's a neat way to spend a day. Love the journal entries! The blog text ties it all together nicely. That's a different world to sketch than I see in Kansas.

Shirley said...

Looks like a wonderful sketching adventure. I love her book and just know that I would enjoy the class as much as you do. Your pages are wonderful.

purplepaint said...

These are wonderful!!! You did a fantastic job!

kazumiwannabe said...

What a wonderful series - all your pages are great! The boats and boats elements are fabulous (love the buoys!) - and you seemed to have had a great time!

Annie said...

How wonderful to see these postcard like pictures. We were in Astoria last June 07 and I feel in love with the place. You have aroused so many good memories.

Ann said...

You create the most interesting sketchbook pages! These are all wonderful. I am truly inspired!

Margaret Ann said...

Simple awesome...Thanks for taking us all along...What fun this will be for you to look back on...Such variety and interest on each page...collectively building into a total travel masterpiece.....Bravo! :)

Margaret Ann said...

Ooops...forgot to mention...I love all the stamps...really cool!