Though the new Starbucks Roastery on Capitol Hill was quite full of people, it wasn’t the crowd with a line out the door and down the block we’d be warned against. The Crowd today was the number of sketchers. We were combined with a few people from Stephanie
Bower’s workshop. The group was around 40. It was hard to count with everyone moving in and out to look at sketches.
I came up on the bus. On my way up to Starbuck, I saw this artist painting en plein air on the overpass. The headphones are our signal that he doesn’t want to engage in conversation.
I was early as my bus only runs once an hour at the time I had to leave home. It may be unpatriotic but I really can’t stand Starbucks coffee. So I tried the black tea. It was served in a rather fancy setting and it tasted good.
I’d previously sketched inside the place so today I sat next to the window and sketched the McMenamins Six Arms and the street up to the dome and facade of the First Covenant Church.
My plan for the main sketch outing was Melrose Market, as I’ve never been there. However, by the time I got there, I was quite full of sketchers!
I found this quiet corner at a back stairs. The cart had what appeared to be old arrangements and containers.
The day was sunny and 55 degrees. I learned later that the wind chill in my home town area of Michigan is minus 24 degrees! I’m glad to be here. I sat for a few minutes outside on the street to sketch the facade of Starbucks.
By 1:30pm, Starbucks was too full to find a table big enough to share our sketches. So we lined them up along the outside of the building. They extended nearly half way down the block!