Vista House at Crown Point

The iconic Portland Oregon sign started life as the White Stag sign from the mid '40's.  White Stag made ski apparel and the "reindeer" on the sign is the White Stag.  After the demise of White Stag, the sign was purchased by the Made in Oregon retail store chain. They kept the font style and the stag but change the wording to Made in Oregon.  The expense of the sign was too much so the sign was sold to the City of Portland.  They replaced the "Made In" with "Portland" but kept the rest.

Built in 1941, the SP 4449 is a lone survivor of the GS-4 class of steam engine.  Retired in 1957 and donated to Portland is sat in Oaks Park. It was rebuilt in 1974 and used as the American Freedom Train.  It can be found today at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center opposite OMSI.

Same year and model as the Harley above, this bike is a slightly different model as it is lacking the seat guard and the windshield.  Note the kick starter uses a foot peddle off of what would appear to be a bicycle.  The engine is a 44 CID flat head.

The Portland Oregon sign

This is the Knuklehead engine of the late 1940's which is thought of in the Harley community as the best looking engine Harley made.  When I was drawing it, most viewer could not tell what it was.  Since it was finished, it has become the most popular image of my Harley collection.

I drew this engine because I just liked the looks of it.  I though attaching it to a bike would take away from the looks of the engine.  I particularly liked the way the chrome air cleaner cover turned out.  Surprisingly, this is the second most popular print in the Harley collection.

SP&S 700

Panhead Engine

Hollywood Theater

Knucklehead Engine

The Vista House was built in 1917 on one of the most beautiful scenic points on the Historic Columbia River Highway.   It is a stone octagon building in "German art nouveau" style.  It was design to hold up against the infamous Columbia River Gorge "East Wind" which blow at hurricane force winds.

1946 Harley FL

The Portland Theater, or the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall as it is now know, was opened in 1928.  The scene I drew shows how it looked two months before it opened.  Though it looks the same today, I chose this shot because it shows the front of building and its great architectural detail well.  Today, there is a large tree growing in front of it and it is difficult to see the entire building.  

My Gallery

This street scene of downtown Portland is a shot of Sixth Street, looking north from the intersection of Morrison Street.  The three tallest building shown are still standing.  The small building in the lower left is the current location of the Meier and Frank / Macy building.  The overhead sign is the back view of the "Orpheum" theater sign.  

1946 Harley Davidson FL

The Hollywood Theater was built in 1926.  It is styled in the Moorish architecture, popular in the 1920's, made famous by the popularity of Rudolph Valentino.  The image shown is from 1941. The original building had a different marque but did not the the iconic "Hollywood" sign on the side.  In the late 1950's the marque was changed to a plain sign and street level of the building was stuccoed over.  A replica of the original marque recently replaced the plain marque.

The Spokane, Portland and Seattle (SP&S) 700 is the oldest on only surviving member of the E-1 class 4-8-4 Northern type steam locomotive.  It sat next to the SP4449 in Oaks Park until its restoration in 1990.  It can be  found today at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center opposite OMSI. Type your paragraph here.

Sixth and Morrison 1912

Portland Theater

More drawing to come

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This drawing was my first full Harley drawing after I started to draw again after my 25 year hiatus.  To give some perspective, it took over ten hours to draw just the front wheel and fender of this drawing just to get the curves correct. In total, it took nearly 30 hours to complete

Southern Pacific 4449