I don’t know about you, but my IG feed was full on Sunday, October 17th with inspiring urban sketches from around the globe. It was so fun to see large groups and individually sketchers sharing their view of their city streets, buildings, and other urban landmarks. What a global event for all of us!
Thank you to Susan, Pam, and Ruth for emailing your sketches.
For me, I decided to capture our quiet street in Mililani with watercolor and pen.
I encourage everyone to search #sketchtogether on Instagram and see everyone’s beautiful sketches. Thank you all who participated!
We’re doing something together, yet physically apart on Sunday, October 17th. Please join Urban Sketchers from around the world as we sketch together for a 24-hour Sketchcrawl.
What is 24hr Sketchcrawl?
- Urban sketchers around the world will sketch together during that 24-hour period and post their sketch stories on their social media accounts. During this 24 hours event, sketchers will share their sketch posts, beginning as far as east as Oceania, through Australia and Asia, Europe and Africa, and will end as far as the west coasts of the Americas
On Sunday, October 17th, draw what you see around you. Visit your favorite sketching location, the beach, the park, a restaurant, or your backyard. Then post your sketch on Instagram and tag @urbansketchers. Be sure to include the hashtags #sketchtogether and #usksketchtogether. The USk social media team will be looking at our posts and select some to share to the USk global community on the official Urban Sketchers channel! Click here for more info.
If you don’t have Instagram, email your sketches to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be sure we share them on our urbansketchersoahu Instagram with the proper hashtags to get seen.
Let’s have fun everyone and share our view with the world one sketch at a time.
Christine had internet connection problems this morning and couldn’t start our Zoom demo. She will record her demo and post it to YouTube when she’s back online.
Sorry for the disappointment. I know we were all looking forward to learning more from Christine about Human Anatomy.
Will let you know when her demo is live. In the meantime, thank you for checking in with us and happy sketching.
Terri & Christine
As promised, Christine has offered to show us two more virtual demos in September. The first one will be on September 18th at 10-10:30am.
Please RSVP to email@example.com by September 17th and I will email you the link to join.
The second demo will on on September 25th. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 24th to receive a link to join.
Hope you can join us. In the meantime, stay safe and happy sketching,
As an Urban Sketcher, we add people to our sketches all the time. People bring life to scenes showing the best of urban life.
Thank you Christine for your talent and teaching a quick lesson in drawing people. And thank you for all who attended. I hope you got to learn something new for our first virtual demo via Zoom.
Thank you Nancy for sharing your sketch on Flickr!
Here is a sweet thank you from Pam:
Heads up! Christine has offered to do two more classes in September. We will announce it on Monday, Labor Day.
Stay safe everyone and happy sketching.
As you might have guessed, we are going back to virtual this month as the COVID-19 inflection count continues to climb at an alarming rate. We will keep monitoring the situation and hopefully return back to group sketching in September. Fingers crossed!
Thankfully, Christine has offered to teach a fun and safe virtual class via Zoom on a great subject.
Join us on Saturday, August 21st at 10-10:30 am for this fun demo. Personally, I know I need advice on sketching people so I’m excited about this virtual class.
It’s a private class, so we’re asking that you send an RSVP to email@example.com by Friday, August 20th so that we can send you a link to the class.
Hope to see you at the demo. In the meantime, happy sketching!
It was just three of us at Waimea Valley on this rainy Sunday but it was still really enjoyable. We got to leisurely stroll the grounds of the park, mostly alone as the crowd of tourist made a b-line to the waterfall.
Christine, who has been there too many times to count gave us a guided tour on the best spots to paint. There are so many great areas of inspiration from nature. It seemed like every turn was picture perfect.
It was Bill’s first time visiting Waimea Valley. It was too crowded for his liking when we finally arrived at the waterfall. But the walk there was full of foliage and beauty even in the rain.
I was originally intending to paint the lily pond near the entrance but later we decided to paint at the waterfall because there was some protection from the rain and a nice place to sit.
Christine sketched on her phone while I struggled with capturing the waterfall with damp watercolor paper from the rain. Thankfully, we turned the morning into a teachable moment where Bill showed me how much darker I need to take my colors to show the depth of the waterfall. I’m still very timid in my art. But I am learning!
Even though it was just the three of us on this sub-Urban Sketching Sunday, I loved the feeling of being totally immersed in my art. That experience is priceless.
Fill up your gas tank everyone because we are heading to the country.
This Sunday (NOT Saturday), we are meeting at the entrance of Waimea Valley for a fun day of nature sketching. We are meeting on Sunday to take advantage of their LĀ ‘OHANA DAY, 50% off admission fees for kama’aina and military families. That’s a bargain $5 admission price! Also, please note we are meeting at 9am when the park opens for a better chance of ample free parking.
Besides your normal sketching supplies, you may also want to bring sunblock, mosquito repellent, and a hat. The park also suggests a rain jacket but that’s entirely optional. Wear comfortable shoes as the walk to the waterfall is 3/4 of a mile or about a 20-30 minute walk. If you arrive later than 9am, you can meet us at the halfway point to the falls, which is only a 10-15 minute walk. We’ll be meeting at the halfway point for sharing at 10:30am.
Please visit their website here for more info. Waimea Valley has a vast history and a strong mission of conservation and restoration.
If attending, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday, July 17th with your name and phone number. We will retain the list for contact tracing purposes. Also, as we are on private property, we are asked to wear facemasks when entering the visitor center, restrooms, snack shop, gift shop, waterfall area (unless swimming), and ticket booth. Please be consider of others around you and stay home if you feel sick.
Thanks to Christine who visited the park two weeks ago to do some pre-sketching research.
See you on Sunday, the 18th!
If you think art is an isolated hobby, try painting and sketching in the heart of Chinatown. Bustling with street vendors, shoppers, and colorful people, there is not a minute of sketching without someone peering over your shoulder. Creating art in public does invite the curious. Although it may be uncomfortable at times, it is our mission as Urban Sketchers to raise awareness about art in our community.
From Urban Sketchers website:
Our mission is to raise the artistic, storytelling, and educational value of on-location drawing, promoting its practice and connecting people around the world who draw on location where they live and travel.
This was our first collaboration with Mark Brown Plein Air Art Master Class taught today by Dennis Daniel. It was such an honor to join a group of talented Plein Air local artists. We hope to do another collaboration again soon.
I have sad news. Mark Brown will be undergoing surgery this week and will not be able to join us this Saturday at Kekaulike Market in Chinatown. His class will still meet so we are still invited to join them. Mark’s assistant, Dennis Daniel who is incredibly talented will teach the class while Mark is recovering.
Here is a photo I took of Dennis at He’eia State Park in May.
We know this is disappointing news. Hopefully, we can do another collaboration in the future with Mark when he is back on his feet. In the meantime, please keep Mark in your thoughts for a speedy recovery.
See you at Kekaulike Market in Chinatown on Saturday!