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Thomas Square 2018

Today’s sketch event at the “new” Thomas Square gave us an opportunity to examine and document the changes made during the controversial two-year renovation. From vantage points shaded by the large trees many of us made the newly erected 12-foot statue of Kamehameha III the centerpiece of our sketches, but views of Blaisdell Concert Hall and close-up looks at the web of trunks and aerial roots of the giant banyan trees at the square’s center were popular too. The presence of many new sketchers made both our show-and-tell session and the post-event socializing particularly diverse and inspiring, as we talked about our work, approaches to sketching, and current or upcoming events.

As always, don’t forget to check out our sketches on Flickr and upload your own!

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Shelter!

Joey Valenti, who launched the Albizia Project as part of his dissertation at UH Mānoa’s School of Architecture, kindly joined us at our sketching event today to tell us about the project’s origins and the latest developments. We assembled right next to Lika, the gorgeous albizia-shelter prototype at the entrance to UH Mānoa on Campus Road. Joey shared his plans to move from feasibility study to serial production of a simplified model, use of local resources, and the challenges the project still faces. (Thank you, Joey!)

As it turned out, our main challenge during the following sketching session was… shelter! Persistent rain saw sketchers shift around to find a dry spot without losing sight of Lika which, alas, remains roped off. Fortunately the skies cleared soon enough, allowing us to circle our target again in search of different views of Lika’s elegant curves and smart design. Show and tell revealed strikingly similar angles nonetheless – evidence of us having huddled under the same tree for quite a while!

As always, don’t forget to check out our sketches on Flickr and upload your own!

Make sure to stay tuned for our next event!

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Headstones and High Rises

Heavy clouds and more than a sprinkling of rain earlier in the morning set an ominous sign for today’s sketch event in Nuʻuanu, but the heavens looked favorably upon us in the end. Light rains early on were perfectly matched to the serene, if somber, views at the Oʻahu Cemetery but gave way to full sun in time for our show-and-tell session under one of many large trees. All of us were torn between sketching details of headstones and monuments on one side, and the panoramic view of the grounds, contrasted sharply by the high rises right next to it, on the other. Different approaches were on display again, both regarding the composition of our sketches and the choice of media and style. It was a peaceful morning with a very personal touch, as several sketchers could not only share stories and history of the area but in fact had family interred here.

As always, don’t forget to check out our sketches on Flickr and upload your own!

Stay tuned for details about our next event on ​August 1​9​ at UH Mānoa!

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