This morning I woke up early and headed to a coffee shop that was by the University of Portland. There, a group of urban sketchers meet-up and wandered around the farmer's market. There were about 30 people in total that were sketching.
I sat for about 45 minutes and sketched this out. I'm still learning, but I'm quite happy with the results.
As I was drawing I heard a cello playing in the background just rocking out. I continued sketching, but a country band soon started to play next to me so I moved over to where the cellist was. As it turned out, he was looping, so he would put down a beat and then loop it as he played on top. It was amazing. I bought both CDs and got a third one free. You can check them out here: http://gaeasoul.com/
The pre-conference sessions started this afternoon at 1pm. I am doing a leadership class with 23 other higher ed professionals.
In the evening the leadership group went to Rock Bottom Brewery for dinner and drinks. Afterwards, four of use walked over to Voodoo Doughnuts, a well known 24 hour doughnut house in Portland. I had tried to go the previous day at 12pm and 9pm but the line was wrapped around the building. The line was still that long, but it moved quick, plus I had new friends to chat with.