The 2nd Annual USk West Coast Sketchcrawl was held in Portland, OR. It coincides with the 44th World Wide Sketchcrawl Day. There were about 100 people.
Since I was up early, I took the streetcar over to our meeting location in time to meet the first of the Portland group. I brought the name tags I’d made and everything was set up and ready.
My first, and favorite, sketch of the day was the lower portion of the 1st Congregational Church.
Next I sketched the Shemanski Fountain. There was a very large event happening in the Park Blocks where we were: “The World Domination Summit“. Food trucks were coming in and there was one already set up near the fountain.
We met at noon to share our sketches. The books filled 3 large tables. We also had a group shot, a copy of which I hope to find on line later. The Oregonian article, below, has a low resolution group photo.
I wandered up to the Farmers Market, getting lunch along the way. The WDS people seemed to flood the Market at the same time so I figured I wouldn’t get lunch there. I wandered back, feeling drained by the 90+ degree heat. I settled in the shade to sketch the front of the Museum.
By the time I finished that, I was feeling a bit ill. I sought the air conditioned shelter of the Museum cafe and a cold drink. After about a half hour, I mustered a bit of energy for one last sketch. But it was from inside the cafe, looking through the window at a sculpture.
We met at 4pm to again share our work.
It was a fun event which I very much enjoyed. The heat sapped my energy a little, though. I would go again. The energy of so many sketchers was exciting. So much art! I met several people and talked at length with a few. It’s hard to get to know a group of 100, though!
Just one non-sketching photo. Keep Portland Weird. The flaming bag piper on a unicycle showed up to entertain/pose for the World Domination group. He’s kinda famous, especially on YouTube.
The Oregonian sent a reporter/photographer. While it didn’t make the Sunday paper, they did put coverage on the website.