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!


Join the conversation on Instagram!

Our Urban Sketchers Oahu Instagram account is now live! Please join us by logging in or joining Instagram, search for urbansketchersoahu and click “Follow.”

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