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When you post your sketches to your personal Instagram, tag us @urbansketchersoahu so we can share it. You can also use the hashtag #urbansketchersoahu.

Aloha and stay safe this weekend!


Looking for Inspiration? Look at your phone.

Whether it’s social media, podcasts, books, magazines, or just sitting outside, there is a wealth of inspiration for Urban Sketchers.

I’m always inspired by watching USkTalks Live on Instagram. The broadcast was just recently moved to every Saturday at 6pm which is convenient for us in Hawaii. 

This past Saturday featured Gabriel Campanario, founder of Urban Sketchers and the author of “The Art of Urban Sketching.” Gabriel (Gabi) is also a Staff Artist/Writer of Seattle Times.

Not only did I learn a lot about sketching and storytelling, I also learn about cool places to visit in Seattle. Gabi challenged fellow urban sketchers to let your sketches “Tell a story”.

Using Mililani as my subject, I took a short walk to the top of Meheula Parkway early in the morning. Not much cars on the road, but there were joggers and walkers taking advantage of the breezy, nice day.

The journalist in me wants to start a series of sketches of Mililani to tell a story. Here is my first one.

Look around your neighborhood. What story can you tell about your community or places you love?

You can follow Gabi on Instagram @gabicampanario
View other challenges #usktalkschallenge
Follow the Urban Sketchers community @urbansketchers
Catch up on past episodes on YouTube at USkTalks

Stay safe and happy sketching,
Terri


Happy Earth Day!

It is even more important when you’re staying at home to be thankful for what you have and give back to our planet.

Every little thing helps: recycle your water bottles, conserve electricity, or reuse what you already have.

Fifteen years ago, Bill gave me a worm composter so that we could turn our food scraps into rich soil for our garden. It’s a 3-level simple home for hundreds of red wigglers that munch on potato and carrot peelings, eggshells, and melon rind. We have much less waste and dark, nutrient-rich compost to amend our herbs and fruit trees. It’s a little thing but it feels good to reuse and recycle what we already have.

Happy Earth Day.

Stay safe and happy sketching,

Terri

worm composter

What to sketch from home? Here’s a list of 20 prompts to get started.

Hope everyone staying at home is safe and healthy! 

Every month, I look forward to our Urban Sketching outing. I sharpen my pencils and pack my bag the night before. But now that we are adjusting to our new normal of social distancing, I have embraced the new direction from USk of sketching from home.

For inspiration, browse through Instagram and you’ll see hundreds of sketchers around the world sketching from their windows. From Rome to Tokyo, it’s really quite inspiring. Honestly, some people have amazing views from their apartments!

Instead of feeling restricted, take this time to be creative. Look around your surroundings and find beauty in the ordinary. Even the kitchen sink can be fascinating.

Here is a list of prompts to get your creative juices flowing:

1. Look out your window. Sketch what you see. 

2. Sketch your front door. Don’t forget to include your slippers.

3. Are you spending this downtime watching a lot of Netflix? Sketch from your sofa and include your feet!

4. What does your backyard look like? If you have a garden, sketch your garden.

5. Are you working from home? Sketch your home office. Include your laptop and your morning cup of joe. Embrace the mess.

6. Sketch your lunch. Your lunch probably looks different now that you are eating at home.

7. Do you have a pet? Sketch them watching you draw.

8. You can tell a lot about a person’s interests by looking at their bookshelf. Plus, books come in so many different sizes and colors which makes them fun to draw. Sketch your bookshelf.

9. Look inside your closet. Here’s another place where you can play with textures and colors. Sketch your clothes on hangers.

10. Are you doing a lot of baking? So many people are! Sketch your chocolate-chip cookies or homemade bread baking in the oven.

11. Love your hands! They are our tools for all we do. Sketch your hands sketching.

12. Everyone has a junk drawer. Sketch what’s inside. Paperclips, rubber bands, pens, etc.

13. Laundry hanging in the yard is somehow beautiful and nostalgic in the sunlight. Be sure to include your face masks drying in the sun.

14. Draw your spouse working from home.

15. Pay tribute to our essential workers. Draw your postman or woman delivering your mail.

16. Are you exercising? Sketch your exercise routine. Are you not exercising? Sketch your shoes lying on the floor.

17. De-stressing with puzzles and games? Family game night has become an everyday routine. Sketch your family having fun.

18. Spending more time playing an instrument? Sketch your guitar, ukulele, or banjo…

19. Doing a lot of online shopping? Sketch yourself browsing the merchandise from your phone.

20. Look at your home at night. The mood and surroundings change dramatically when the lamps are on. Sketch your life in the darkness.

Whatever you choose to sketch, have fun and enjoy the process. Don’t forget to post your “Stay at home” sketch every Saturday in April at https://www.flickr.com/groups/uskoahu/

Stay safe and happy sketching.

Aloha,

Terri