Don’t forget to RSVP to our October 24th event!

October is flying by and soon it will be Saturday! Please read previous post here for location and guidelines from Urban Sketchers Executive Board.

To RSVP, email uskoahu@gmail.com by Oct 23rd with your name and phone number. So far, there are 6 people attending, so we will break up into 2 groups. This is just for the sharing and group photo part of the event as sketching is really a solo activity.

Looking forward to seeing all your happy faces on Saturday!


Happy Sketching!


Are you ready to sketch together?

We hope that everyone is well and eager to return to in-person sketching on location! Sharpen your pencils, grab your supplies, and join us next week Saturday for a fun morning.

As we return to the new normal of in-person sketching, we do have new guidelines from USk Executive Board for all Urban Sketchers Chapters.

Guideline for Urban Sketchers Chapter Gatherings

  1. If you feel sick, stay home. 
  2. Everyone must wear a facemark or face covering.
  3. Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from others.
  4. If you plan to attend, please email us at uskoahu@gmail.com by Oct 23rd with the following info: name and phone number. We will retain this info for at least a month for contact tracing purposes. You are still welcome to join us if you don’t RSVP, but you will be asked for your contact info on site.
  5. If you attend and become ill, notify one of the team leaders (Christine, Bill, or I) immediately.
  6. If we have more than 5 participants, we will break into smaller groups no more than 5 to adhere to Oahu’s social gathering mandate.

Parking at Kaka’ako Farmers Market

The Kaka’ako Farmers Market is open every Saturday 8-noon. Even in the pandemic, it is a popular place for locals to pick up fresh produce, crafts, and ready-to-go meals. Because we start at 10am, parking can be challenging. We encourage you to come early so that you have time to find stress-free parking a little farther away, such as at Ward Centre, a leisure 10-minute walk. Also, don’t forget to bring water and your own chair. It’s hot out there!

On a side note

Thank you for participating in our virtual sketching events these past few months. Even if we couldn’t gather together, it was great to be able to share our sketches every week with one another. Since we plan to gather once again, we will suspend weekly virtual sketching. But feel free to continue sketching and share your sketches with the group on Flickr and Instagram.


Celebrate Fall

Personally, fall is my favorite time of year. We don’t have the dramatic foliage like the mainland, but we do have cooler days and nights. We have shades of orange appearing in the neighborhood from seasonal decorations. People may be lining up at coffee shops to get their holiday lattes. Let’s just say you’ll have to use your imagination for this one.

The biggest difference I think is that the days are noticeably shorter. The angle of the light changes considerably. Sunsets become more dramatic. The waves in the ocean change. It’s subtle. But it’s there. Celebrate fall.

Post your sketches of fall on Flickr and Instagram, tagging us @urbansketcheroahu with the #urbansketcheroahu.

Happy sketching.

On a side note:
We are considering a meet-up for October 24th so please save the date. More details to come.


For the Night Owls

Inspired by Sebastian’s recent night sketches, here is one for the Night Owls.

I’ve never sketched at night so I’m curious to see what everyone does. Will you draw by candlelight, street light, or flashlight?

What will you see at night? Dog walkers? Late-night snackers? Shift workers? I am now very curious.

It would be great if we all sketched on the same night, Saturday. But feel free to sketch any night this week and post your nocturnal sketch this weekend on Flickr and Instagram, tagging us @urbansketchersoahu with the #urbansketcheroahu.

Stay safe out there in the dark. Happy sketching.


Take Two Challenge

We’re calling this week’s virtual sketch theme a challenge because it really is. But we hope that you will find it worthwhile and rewarding at the same time.

The challenge is to look through your sketchbook and revisit a place that you’ve sketched before. It could’ve been last year or last week.

When sharing, it would be great if you could post both drawings so that everyone can see them side by side.

What do you think? Are you up to the challenge?

Please post your sketches on Flickr and Instagram. On Instagram, tag your sketches @urbansketchersoahu and use #urbansketchersoahu.

Happy sketching.

On a side note:
I just want to share the power of Instagram with you. Normally my Instagram posts get a modest 40 – 60 likes with 120-160 views. Last week, my sketch for Urban Sketchers O’ahu got 194 likes with 3,860 views. 96% were not my followers. Of the 3,860 views, 3730 came from hashtags. I strongly encourage you to share your sketches to your personal Instagram and connect to the larger global Urban Sketchers community.


Happy 6th Birthday to us!

Thanks Sebastian for letting us know that September 21st is Urban Sketchers O’ahu’s 6th birthday!

Personally, I wasn’t there on September 21, 2014. But it was great to see these photos from that Kick-Off Event at Magic Island in Honolulu.

Wow. What a beautiful day that was. Don’t you miss those days when we could gather outdoors and share our sketches?

In the meantime, we can still share our passion online.

Since it’s our Happy Birthday weekend, let’s celebrate by sharing our “Happy Place.”

Is it a hike in the mountains? A sunny spot on the beach? Snuggling with your cat? Can’t wait to see your happy place.

Please post your sketches on Flickr and Instagram. On Instagram, tag your sketch @urbansketchersoahu and use the #urbansketchersoahu.

Happy Sketching.


Repeat, repeat, repeat

Nature is great at it. So are urban planners.

The virtual sketching theme for this Saturday is pattern or repetition.

Take a look outside. It’s everywhere.

Leaves.
Rooftops.
Crosswalks.
Fences.
Bridges.

Draw what you see. Let the pattern or repetition of design inspire you.

Please post your sketches on Flickr. If you post to your Instagram, tag us @urbansketchersoahu and use the #urbansketchersoahu. Our followers on Instagram are growing!

Happy sketching.


Capture the 2020 Okinawan Festival from your home

Just like many 2020 events, the Okinawan Festival which attracts more than 50,000 visitors annually, is going virtual this year. That means everyone around the world can enjoy front-row seats from the comfort of their living room.

Grab an andagi (deep fried Okinawan donut) and your pencil or media of your choice and capture the Okinawan spirit and culture streaming online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LdjMxFqzXw

This year’s theme “Sharing Uchinachu Aloha” include singing, dancing, paranku, and taiko performances from various clubs in Hawaii.

Special guests:
Music performance by Jake Shimabukuro
Cooking demo by Chef Roy Yamaguchi

Official links and tags:
Watch live (starting on Saturday at 2pm) at www.okinawanfestival.com
Facebook Page: Okinawan Festival
Instagram: @okinawanfestival
Hashtag: #okifest2020

Don’t forget to post your sketches on Flickr and Instagram and tag us @urbansketchersoahu and use #urbansketchersoahu

Happy sketching!

P. S. Great job everyone on your sketches of the Legacy of Peace Aerial Parade this past Saturday! To see group sketches, click here.


A flying twist to an in-person meet-up [updated]

We have an interesting virtual sketch theme for this Saturday. We hope you will be excited to take off!

This Saturday begins the 75th WWII Commemoration Events in Hawaii. From 10- 11am (note the updated schedule), there will be 14 WWII warbirds flying over various parts of Oahu.

source: Hawaii News Now

“To have these Warbirds in Hawaii, flying over the very deck of the USS Missouri where the Instrument of Surrender was signed on September 2, 1945 ending this global conflict, to honor all WWII veterans, is a tribute that will live on in the hearts of all who see it.”
Elissa Lines
Executive Director of Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

commemorativeairforce.org

This is an historic commemoration and we on Oahu are privy to witness this special tribute. Wherever you are, sketch what you see in the skies. If possible, position yourself for a grand view of the Legacy of Peace Aerial Parade. Keep in mind all beaches and parks are still closed.

It will be fascinating to see everyone’s sketches from literally different points of view. Please post your sketches on Flickr and Instagram and tag us @urbansketchersoahu or use #urbansketchersoahu.

Happy sketching.

For more info on this event, visit:
https://www.75thwwiicommemoration.org/
https://commemorativeairforce.org/news/wwii-warbirds-to-participate-in-events-of-the-75th-commemoration-of-the-end-of-wwii

On a side note: Christine, Bill, and I will try to post Saturday’s virtual sketching themes every Monday. If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know.


Return to Virtual Sketching

Hi All! As you may have already guessed, the increase of new COVID-19 inflections on O’ahu is causing us to take a step back. As much as we would have liked to, we feel like it would be irresponsible to meet as a group, when so many in our community are falling ill and dying.

So for the next few Saturdays, we will be adding prompts for sketching. We may be apart, but we can still share our sketches together.

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020
Location: Any place you feel safe
Theme: Same view at different hours. Pick a view and sketch it at different times of the day, capturing the light and shadow differences. Sounds fun? We hope so.

We encourage everyone to post and comment online as soon as possible, preferably on the same day at: https://www.flickr.com/groups/uskoahu

Also, please post your sketch on Instagram and tag us @urbansketchersoahu. Our Instagram has 30 followers, including local and worldwide artists. Let’s share our artwork with the world!