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Through Wind and Rain

Today’s event underlined again the urban sketchers’ mantra that capturing the world around us need not be limited to spectacular scenery and special events. Mānoa Valley District Park offered countless worthy views – even for sketchers hiding from blustery wind and rain. The extraordinarily ordinary was just as fun: parked cars, birds, the baseball field, a school hallway with a hopscotch path, the gym, the playground, and of course abundant flora.

As always, don’t forget to check out our sketches on Flickr and upload your own!

Stay tuned for details about our next event on December 7 at Bishop Museum!

Also, USkO T-shirts are in production and will be ready to pick up in January at the first event of the new year.

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Happy Arbor Day!

For anyone arriving by car, finding parking posed a bit of a challenge this morning; a testament to the popularity of the Arbor Day Honolulu Festival – now in its 2nd year – at Foster Botanical Garden. Educational booths and workshops, kids activities, and of the course the annual tree giveaway attracted crowds and created boundless sketching opportunities. The extensive garden grounds also offered ample refuge for sketchers longing for less fast moving scenery. Show-and-tell illustrated our preferences, from exotic flowers, through giant trees, to sweeping depictions of the crowds with their botanical loot from the day. Chatting and socializing followed, as we succumbed to the lure of the pleasant setting and ample shade trees.

Thank you to the Arbor Day team for hosting our sketchers during the festival!

As always, don’t forget to check out our sketches on Flickr and upload your own!

Make sure to stay tuned for our next event!

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Celebrate Arbor Day by sketching with us next Saturday! For more information about the Arbor Day Honolulu Festival click here.


New T-Shirt!

Having celebrated our 5th anniversary just last weekend, we created a new t-shirt for the occasion!

What you need to know:
1. Cost: $15
2. Color: Mint (approximate color depicted)
3. Material: 100% cotton
4. Sizes: Unisex – Adult S, M, L, XL
5. The t-shirts will be available for pick-up at future events, starting in November.

If you are interested, email us (uskoahu at gmail dot com) t-shirt size and quantity. Please also note that this is a limited run.

Happy sketching!


Climate Strike

I attended the Climate Strike at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol in Honolulu last Friday. Although I whooped along with everyone else, I was mainly sketching the crowd and people’s signs as we walked from Washington Place to the capitol, and then to Honolulu Hale and the Kalanimoku building. Sketching so many moving subjects was exhausting. I’m still figuring out how to sketch dynamic action scenes!