July 2010 was the start of my long service trip of 11 weeks. I was able to time it with the first USK Symposium in Portland and visiting friends in Seattle. The night before we headed down to Portland Gabi organised a dinner for the USKers in town.
To meet these correspondents was so mind blowing. I felt I had already met the person behind the sketchers through following their sketchers online but it was so much better to meet the person behind the work. I felt so honoured to be hanging out with these amazing sketchers!
Was a crazy evening of talk talk talk… and then silence as we were all sketching.
The rest were all sketching each other so I sketched the food – they all paused to watch me sketch and eat at the same time. I remember Isobel saying to me “we all have our strengths and weaknesses – online we only see the strengths” This helped me a lot – as I did feel a bit inadequate not having the confidence to sketch the others.
Of all the incredible USK experiences I have had over the years – as the first, this event is still at the top. It was the day when USK became real to me.