The Jordan Schnitzer’s Sunny Heart

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Jordan Schnitzer South Courtyard — The tables in this space presented a serious obstacle. I cheated by only drawing the table tops and shadows and leaving out the legs.

In this watercolor, we step into the Jordan Schnitzer Museum’s South Courtyard. The courtyard is filled with sculpture, bamboo, blueberry shrubs and irises, but the most delightful feature is the Marche Museum Cafe that opens onto the space. Run by the local Marche Restaurant, the cafe serves coffee, pastries, soups, salads and sandwiches. This attracts a diverse group of people to the courtyard. While I was painting this view University officials in suits, students in sweatpants and families in Eugene for graduation weekend enjoyed the summer sun and good food that this courtyard provides.

Tables, Chairs and Sculpture

Planning a trip to Eugene or want to learn more about the Jordan Schnitzer Museum? Take a moment to visit their website here.

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LANDbytes Article: Teaching Meets Practice in Willamette Valley Wetlands

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My latest article for the Oregon ASLA blog LANDbytes is up. Take a moment to read it and the other articles for this month.

Watercolor River

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I began my 2012 summer watercolor season with this painting of the VRC pedestrian bike bridge over the Willamette River in Eugene. Part of the Ruth Bascom River Trail System, the VRC Bridge (officially the Greenway Bike Bridge) connects the Whiteaker Neighborhood with the Valley River Center Mall (VRC). While the Ruth Bascom Trail has five pedestrian bike bridges, I have always consider the VRC bridge the most picturesque. A small park slopes down to the river, providing a fantastic view of the bridge. In addition, the park provides access to the Willamette and plenty of seating for people walking along the river.

Answers to Last Week’s Post: Removed the Horizon Line; Fixed the head of the person sitting on the left side of the fountain; Removed an accidental shadow in the fountain.

Want to learn more about the Ruth Bascom Trail System? Take a moment to view the Lane County trail map and visit this wordpress blog post on the trail system.

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Oops, I’ll Have to Shave That

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While drawing the Cascade Charley-Water Contemplation Place on the University of Oregon Campus, I got carried away drawing a beautiful Korean Stewartia. Before I realized it was out of proportion, I had drawn the outline of the building behind it. Fortunately with Photoshop, I was able shave the excess off the building and tree.

Cascade Charley–Water Contemplation Place Before

Since I was already editing this sketch in Photoshop, I also took the time make some other minor tweaks. Can you find them? Answers will be in the next post.

Cascade Charley–Water Contemplation Place After

The Cascade Charley Water Contemplation Place was designed by Alice Wingwall and built in 1991 as part of the University of Oregon Lorri I. Loki science complex. At the time, Alice Wingwall was gradually losing her sight. As a result, the fountain’s design emphasizes the sound of water over the visual. Particularly interesting spots to listen to the fountain are marked with turquoise disks.

The Cascade Charley is also a great place to study or socialize. Tucked off the main paths through campus, the courtyard is saved from the brunt of foot and bike traffic, while towering Callery Pears and dense rhododendrons shade and cool the space. Every wall and rock is the perfect height for sitting, and the fountain covers up the various city and campus noises, allowing people to focus on study and conversation.

Want to learn more about art on the University of Oregon Campus? Check out this self guided art walk brochure.

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