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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Meet the Correspondent: Michele Cooper

I'm Michele, with one "l".  I call myself a "total Washingtonian", as I was born in Spokane, spent my childhood in various towns in Eastern Washington (Moses Lake, Soap Lake, Wenatchee) then on the coast in the greater Seattle area since high school.
Looking across Livingston Bay toward Marysville.
I now live with my husband in Marysville, about 45 miles north of Seattle. When we moved here in 1966 it was a very small town with one blinking traffic light. You weren't even required to stop unless there was another car at the crossing. Marysville was where people would come just for the pies at the Village Inn all the way from Vancouver, B C. about 2 hours away to the north. Now we are a city of over 60,000 in the third most populous county in Washington state.

Drawing, painting and anything to do with art has always been my passion. I love sharing my discoveries and have taught adult watercolor classes from Bellingham and Anacortes to Kirkland, Camano Island and Seattle since 1979. I am a contributing author to two publications printed by Northlight Books, "The Ultimate Guide to Painting from Photographs" and Gary Greene's "Artists' Photo Reference!. Funny, eh?, for a person who prefers sketching on location!
Cap Sante with Anacores Sketchers

Last summer I decided to take a break from teaching classes and workshops to recharge my creative batteries. I met with the Anacortes Sketchers on Mondays. I wandered alone at will, sketching and painting in and out of the studio.

Little did I know how the summer would change on June 28 by treating myself to an urban sketchers workshop cosponsored by USk Seattle and SAM.

I was looking for sketching companions and found so much more. It was great to be a student for
Busy Market Day on Broadway, Capital Hill, Seattle. 
once, letting Frank, Gail and Gabi guide me through my old familiar haunts at Pike Place Market, seeing their ways of interpreting the sights, sounds and action. Ever since then I have met weekly with  the Friday sketchers as well as on a Sunday or two with the Seattle urban sketchers.

I am honored to have been invited to be a correspondent for the Urban Sketchers Seattle blog. They put the right words to my journey, "seeing the world, one drawing at a time". I look forward to sharing my stories with you and the sketches that illustrate them.


  1. Welcome Michelle,
    What beautiful work! Hope to see you at some Sunday meet up.

    1. Thank you, Gail. Looking forward to the 18th. See you there!

  2. Yay! I've been enjoying your sketches and paintings on your personal blog, and now I look forward to seeing them here! Welcome, Michele!

    - Tina

    1. Thank you, Tina. You are inspirational. I only hope to communicate half as well as you do, both on your personal blog and as you do here as well! Looking forward to braving the elements with you yet again in January!