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 firstname.lastname@example.org by September 17th and I will email you the link to join.
The second demo will on on September 25th. Please RSVP to email@example.com 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.
Thanks for joining the sketching demo this morning. As promised here are my notes from today. Stay tuned for announcements on future demos. Send us an email if there’s a topic you’d like to see covered.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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!
Hello Urban Sketchers! Hope all is well and that you are enjoying the outdoors with less restrictions. Let’s hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.
We have a great opportunity on June 19th to meet local Plein Air Artist Mark Brown and his Master class as we all paint together at Kekaulike Market in Chinatown. This is an amazing opportunity for us Urban Sketchers to learn techniques from a master and meet other talented artists that paint outdoors all over Oahu. Mark has chosen a perfect place for our collaboration that’s colorful and bursting with urban life.
This event will be unlike our previous outings. We will meet 8-9am as a group while Mark will teach invaluable skills to capture lighting, colors, and movement on canvas. From 9 to 11:30, you will have 2 1/2 to draw and paint the marketplace. Then at 11:30, we will gather for critique and sharing.
There is municipal parking at the Kekaulike Courtyard at 1016 Maunakea Street $3.00 for the entire day.
If attending, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, June 18th with your name and phone number. We will retain the list for contact tracing purposes. Also, as per State of Hawaii’s COVID-19 guidelines, you will not be required to wear a face covering as we will be outdoors. But please be consider of others around you and stay home if you feel sick.
About Mark Brown
Named as one of the few Plein Air Artists in Hawaii, Mark has been painted for nearly 40 years. He teaches Plein Air at University of Hawaii and is featured in Hawaii Art Galleries across the state. You may have seen his paintings at the Hilton Hawaiian Village or his 60×300’ mural at South Shore Marketplace. He is an accomplished award-winning artist and art instructor. To learn more about Mark, visit his website.
Here are photos I took of Mark’s class on May 29th at He’eia State Park. It was such a fun day and everyone was so friendly and incredibly talented.