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The flight from Portland was on time

and was chock full.

I landed in Boston and after a bit of confusion I found someone who could tell me which terminal the connecting flight was leaving from. Must have been a half mile away. It’s a good thing I’m a walker and there was plenty of time.

Things looked good. I found my gate and a Dunkin’.

But then I noticed the boarding times kept creeping later
later and later. Seems there were runway and wind “issues” at JFK and only one runway was open to accept flights from all over the world.

Sigh.
Truthfully it wasn’t all that bad.

There were people in front of me and iPat in my lap and free junk food to eat.

I really didn’t notice the time at all.

The train, on the other hand, was another story. I walked into my house at almost midnight.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and ArtRage

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I was up very early the next day and standing on a street corner waiting for the 4:33 am Max train to the airport. It’s funny. In NYC you’re glad (well, sort of glad) when there is no one around at that time of the morning. In Portland I was feeling apprehensive because the streets were too empty. No need to worry – sleepy but normal people were also waiting.

I breezed through security, located my gate and then went in search of food and coffee.

I bought some take-out and sat at a nice table.

It wasn’t until I was settled and comfortable, munching, sipping and sketching that I noticed there were servers bringing proper food to the tables. Oh well. No one tossed me out and there were plenty of empty tables.

This flight took me to Boston where I had a connection to JFK. Stay tuned.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and ArtRage

After a long day visiting several museums and galleries, June and I again spent time at the Portland Museum of Art. I sketched this statue and she went off to study a large Goya masterpiece. Waiting for me to finish she sat on a bench and indulged in artistic musings – very intellectual ones – about a row of paintings facing her.

Moleskine journal; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pen, Signo Uni-ball (UM-153) white gel pen; and a bit of color added using Crayola markers.

This Pair of Shamans called to me the day before but I didn’t have time to sketch them so it was the first gallery I visited on my return trip to the Portland Art Museum. Was it a coincidence that the other item I chose to fill up the spread turned out to be a WINE vessel or was something shaman-like directing things?

Moleskine journal; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pen, Signo Uni-ball (UM-153) white gel pen; and a bit of color added using Crayola markers.

I sat in the sun. Portland sun. There was time between breakfast and meeting up with June so I sketched the big building in Pioneer Square and a very nervous woman waiting for someone.

Number 4 on the list (see drawing) was another Happy Hour (sound of lips smacking) in a new place.

Moleskine journal; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pen, Signo Uni-ball (UM-153) white gel pen; and a bit of color added using Crayola markers.

The day I arrived in Portland, after checking in at the hotel (and being upgraded to King Deluxe – wowser!!), I walked around the city looking for someplace to eat because I certainly didn’t get any food on the two airplanes. Stomach no longer growling I continued to walk around and slowly made my way back to the hotel and my 4:00 meetup with June. She took me to the King Deluxe bookstore, Powell’s, and then more city walking which led us back to the hotel’s Swine Bar and my first Happy Hour.

Poor June had to “Freeze! Don’t Move! Stay Still!” while I drew her portrait as she sipped her wine. Yes. The Swine place serves wine in those glasses. This portrait is super duper totally true and real. Except for one thing. Apparently when I sketch portraits while drinking wine I knock off several decades.

Want to look really young? Just bring a bottle of sweet white wine and two glasses.

Moleskine journal; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pen, Signo Uni-ball (UM-153) white gel pen; and a bit of color added using Crayola markers.

I have a lot of drawings from my eight day trip in San Francisco and Portland – both digital and journal spreads – so the numbering and order of things are going to get/are already screwy but since I’m home now it doesn’t really matter.

The day before I left Portland June and I met at Mug Shots for breakfast/brunch and then walked through the daylong misty rain to the Museum of Contemporary Art and several galleries, one of which was located in a college where we met a student who took us up to the printmaking studio to show us her work. We stopped for liquid refreshment at Glyph where I couldn’t resist painting the tiny floral centerpiece on the table next to ours.

Fully restored we walked to the Oregon Historical Society to see the exhibit of WWI and WWII posters. Across the street we again entered the Portland Museum of Art and I discovered the paintings of C. S. Price.

Dinner was pasta and, again, I ended up tipsy. But not as tipsy as June.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
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#2 Finngr Pro and ArtRage

After June and I were finished with the visit to the Portland Museum of Art we made a brief circuit of the gift shop where I picked up a postcard containing an image that called out to me. Then we made our way to a $5 Happy Hour. Seems like I ended up “slightly” tipsy every Portland evening.

I copied a detail of this painting very late that night.

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Apps Used: Finngr Pro and ArtRage .

It is Very Early right now. I am heading out to the airport and had to choose, last evening, between finishing up the day’s drawings or going to sleep real early. So here is a self portrait done Friday morning when the sun was shining through the window behind me and I noticed my reflection in the picture glass in front of me.

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Apps Used: Finngr Pro and ArtRage

I had June’s museum membership card in my pocket so, after I checked out the Max train schedule to the airport (for Saturday morning), walked through a $$$ craft gallery, got a Starbucks coffee and egg/cheddar sandwich, I walked to the Portland Museum of Art for another visit.

I sketched ancient Chinese,

Mexican

and more recent Seminole art. Then I had to skedaddle because June and I were meeting in the hotel lobby at 1:00.

We took a streetcar across the river, changed to a bus, visited an Artists’ book gallery, had a coffee and tiny pies, another bus, spent a few minutes at her house, went across the street to her friend John’s studio. He is a printmaker, has a fabulous studio with two great presses and loads of really great etchings. At 5:00 June’s husband Jer let us know that dinner was ready and off we went back across the street. He cooked the most perfect meal – just my kind of food. Yum. Plus gelato for desert. I was shown June’s new, very large and roomy studio. We spent a considerable amount of time studying her paintings and after awhile, as she was pondering the next steps for her painting-in-progress I (two glasses of wine playing havoc with my head, again) painted her. She asked me to email a high resolution copy to her. What does that mean? Is it a good thing? Or does she just want something to burn?

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and ArtRage