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.

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Latest LANDbytes Article: “Photography and Design Meet at the University of Oregon”

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Congratulations to Oregon ASLA blog LANDbytes on their one year anniversary. My latest contribution to LANDbytes is up here. Be sure to take the time to read the other great articles on the LANDbytes Webpage.

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.

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 Quad

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This week’s sketch is of the University of Oregon Quad. The quad is a common landscape element due to its adaptability. The day I drew this scene the quad was being used for strolling, socializing, throwing Frisbees, filming a journalism assignment and petitioning.

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