Monday, February 23, 2015

USk Seattle at Pike and Melrose

What a group USk Seattle had yesterday at the new Starbucks Roastery on Pike and Melrose! At the end of the session, we filled the sidewalk along the south side of the building with sketchers and their sketches. The number of unique viewpoints, individual style, as well as the obvious high level of accomplishment was astounding. I wish I could have looked over every sketchbook at least one more time.

I arrived about 25 minutes early and couldn't find street parking no matter how many times I circled the block. No wonder! We had approximately 40 people there in our group, not to mention the "regulars" and other Seattle denizens out for a nice Sunday morning cup of coffee and/or breakfast.
Sketches by Michele Cooper-Feb 22, 2015
As I sketched the classic-looking pale green Vespa parked outside the Melrose Apartments, a woman leaned out of her top story window and called out to me: "Are you sketching the Vespa?" "Yes," I answered, "Is it yours?" "No", she replied, "but I was just on the phone with my mother, who's an artist, and I told her-Guess what? Somebody's out on the street sketching the Vespa!" For a time there, I experienced a "New York" kind of moment.


  1. I witnessed that awesome NY moment! :-) You captured the gradient wash of color on that sign EXACTLY right! Not to mention the perfect lettering. Bravo! You could put that in this week's USk Flickr group theme, "Signage"!

  2. Michele, I'm glad you had a NY moment. lol You really had two because driving around and having a hard time finding parking is definitely another NY moment. lol I love the small sketches of what you saw and the way you composed the page. I like that you included the writing too...I rarely do that, but should.