Channeling Chandler

Chandler O’Leary has a show of her sketchbooks, called “Jaunt + Jot” at Feast, a community art space in the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma. She invited Urban Sketchers Tacoma to have a sketch outing after a social hour at the show.

I’ve followed Chandler’s sketchbook blog, Drawn the Road Again, for a few years.  She’s joined in a couple USk Seattle’s outings.  I’ve admired how she can create such wonderful travel sketches in such a small book (usually a Moleskine pocket sketchbook).

Enlarged scans of the sketchbooks were pinned to the walls.  A few actual sketchbooks were under glass.

Prior to the outing, we gathered to look at the show and have a social hour.  We put out out sketch kits to share.  Chandler has minimalist one (the white disk holding the sketchbook page is a jar of water).

Many of her sketches from the road are of unusual, vintage signs.  She gave us a list of interesting places to sketch on the Hilltop and I chose this candy shop, especially when I saw the sign!

This is my sketching set up.  I hold the coroplast board and sit on the stool.  The pill bottle holds water and fits through a custom cut hole in the board.

We met back at Feast at 12:30 to share sketches.


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About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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3 Responses to Channeling Chandler

  1. miatagrrl says:

    Looks like it was great time! Glad you were able to make it. Great job on that decorative street lamp!


  2. I love being able to look through the sketchbooks of other artists and see how they work. Seeing their setups is a plus!

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