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.


While supplies last!

For anyone who has not yet gotten their hands on a USkO t-shirt, you are in luck: we still have some left of each design! They are the perfect way to show your sketching “colors” wherever you are, at an event or on your own.

If you are interested, email us (uskoahu at gmail dot com) your choices for: t-shirt design
(5th Anniversary or Classic), size, quantity, and delivery location for a no-contact drop off. Note that we will be reserving shirts on a first come, first served basis.

Happy sketching!


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.


8/22/2020 Virtual Sketching

A message from Terri:

Mahalo to everyone participating in our virtual sketching every Saturday. We know it’s not as fun as in-person group sketching but hopefully you are still having fun and enjoy sharing your art with fellow sketchers. Always so impressed with your artwork!

Saturday’s theme is to “Tell A Story In Isolation”. Think about how your sketch reflects YOU at this moment. Are you binge-watching Netflix? Perhaps, you are reading more books. Use colors to reflect your mood. This one is about YOU and your story. Can’t wait to see your creative sketches!


8/15/2020 Virtual Sketching

We’ve got another virtual sketching session planned for this Saturday, 8/15/2020. Our theme is for you to use a new media! Now is your chance to explore and experiment! Have fun and be creative with it. As always post your beautiful artwork on Urban Sketchers Oahu’s Group Page on Flickr and also on Instagram using the hashtag #urbansketcheroahu.


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!


100!

Double-digit attendance (well, 10 qualifies, right?) marked our double celebration today: 100 USkO sketch events and the return of in-person sketching! A beautiful morning downtown made Hurricane Douglas look like fiction – although several sketchers mentioned the need to tie down or move loose belongings this afternoon. For the moment, however, our attention was on the confusing undulations of the Sky Gate sculpture and other views in the area. At a particularly social show-and-tell session our new chapter leaders (Terri, Bill, and Christine) received a warm welcome … and the outgoing administrators were treated to lovely presents. Here’s to the next 100!

On a more personal note: We admins have greatly enjoyed organizing events and sketching with everyone since holding our first gathering at Magic Island nearly 6 years ago. The three of us will still participate in events when we can and certainly be in touch from afar. We are thrilled by the enthusiasm of USkO’s new leaders and have no doubt that they will take the chapter to new heights!

Happy sketching and see you soon!

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