Dreaming of Landscapes Has Moved!

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Dreaming of Landscapes has moved to its new self hosted space. You can find it at binglestudios.com.


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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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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What I saw on 13th Street

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On a whim, I began this sketch while visiting my local coffee shop. We see the East Meets West Chinese restaurant and U.S. Bank on 13th Street, west of the University of Oregon campus, on a radiant Saturday morning. The 13thStreet Business District is home to a variety of businesses, including the Duck Store, Blue Heron Bicycles, Café Roma (where I drew this sketch), a plethora of restaurants and Frog (a campus character who sells homemade joke books). Apologies to the numerous businesses I am unable to list.  I like the trees and perspective inside the building, but I had trouble with the car. 

University of Oregon Street Fair

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This week’s sketch takes us to the University of Oregon Spring Street Fair. The biannual street fair hosts an eclectic mix of merchants from around Eugene. Regular merchants include a bonsai booth, poster stand and a food cart selling frozen cheese cake dipped in chocolate on a stick.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Front Entrance and Facade

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This week’s sketch documents the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, located on the University of Oregon quad. We see the front entrance and facade, designed by Ellis F. Lawrence (Dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts) in 1933. The museum was originally built to house the Murry Warner Collection of Oriental Art, which was donated to the University in 1921. The Museum was remodeled and expanded in 2002 but continues to focus on Asian along with Pacific Northwest arts and artists.

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