I signed up for class titled Painting the Urban Landscape at MECA taught by Hilary Irons. It was a great class because Hilary had so many interesting insights into our work and the students in the class were talented and hardworking. I was inspired by the critiques we had every morning before going out to work. I became more engaged each day with drawing from life and trying to capture something significant in the landscape or through a window. Portland is filled with interesting architecture from various eras, waterfronts, and vistas out to sea.