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.
Thank you everyone who braved the rain to join us at the Punchbowl scenic lookout for a morning of urban sketching. I know most of us didn’t get to finish our sketches due to weather. I still hope you found the view of Honolulu from Diamond Head to the airport inspiring.
As the rain drifted in and out, we still found time to do quick sketches of the view.
Some of us chose the iconic Diamond Head as our focal point.
Even in the rain, we all enjoyed a nice morning of urban sketching.
I’m working on our next exciting sketching event for June. Check back here for updates.
I’ve been wanting to sketch an aerial view of Honolulu for awhile now. Thanks to Christine who did some reconnaissance over the weekend to locate a spot.
We’re back to Saturday sketching. Sorry for the confusion last month. Hope everyone can make it.
If you haven’t been to Punchbowl, there is a great view of Honolulu from the scenic lookout with lots of free parking. It’s a short walk to the lookout from the parking stalls near the public restroom. Sorry, there’s no shade from the lookout.
Other sketching options are the Lady Columbia statue and the memorial itself. There’s a nice view of the crater from the entrance with lots of shady trees. Because Memorial Day falls on the last weekend of May, we are moving up our sketching day to the middle of the month, when it may be less busy.
If attending, please email us at email@example.com by Friday, May 14th with your name and phone number. We will retain the list for contact tracing purposes. Also, please read this previous post regarding Guidelines for Urban Sketchers Chapter Gatherings.
About the National Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl Cemetery)
The cemetery opened to the public on July 19, 1949 and now is the final resting place for 53,000 World War I, World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans and their dependents. At the top of the staircase in the Court of Honor is a statue of Lady Columbia, also known as Lady Liberty, or Justice. She is reported to represent all grieving mothers.
Thank you everyone who joined Urban Sketchers O’ahu on Sunday at the historic YWCA on Richards St. It was such a beautiful day to be sketching together.
To our new sketchers:
You are brave. It’s not always easy to share your artwork. But you did it. Sharing is how we grow as artists and you took the first brave step forward. We welcome you to our group with open arms. Please share your sketch on flicker so we can see it again.
To our seasoned sketchers:
Thank you for your support and dedication to Urban Sketchers O’ahu. We are grateful for your valuable time to help us grow our small group every month.
Thank you for opening your gorgeous double doors on a Sunday and letting us sketch the amazing detailed architecture of such a lovely historical building.
We are celebrating Architecture month in downtown Honolulu!
Join us on Sunday, April 25th at the historic YWCA for a fun morning of sketching. We will sketch individually from 10 to 11:30am. Then gather at 11:30 for group sharing with COVID-19 restrictions, of course.
If attending, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday, April 24th with your name and phone number. We will retain the list for contact tracing purposes. Also, please read this previous post regarding Guidelines for Urban Sketchers Chapter Gatherings.
Looking forward to see you on the 25th!
About YWCA on Richards Street
The site for the YWCA on Richards Street was purchased in 1924 for $238,566. One of America’s first and foremost female architects, Julia Morgan from San Francisco was selected to design the building, which opened in 1927. It was later added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
Got a little worried driving to Waialua this morning with all the rain we’ve been having. But when we got there…
Abolutely gorgeous. Green grass. A little drizzle. Beautiful red barns. And the most adorable goats!
For all the new sketchers, you picked a good one. Sweet Land Farm is a picturesque best kept secret in Waialua. I hope everyone had a nice time sketching in the country and immersed themselves into this adorable family farm.
If you missed it, please enjoy browsing our photos.
Don’t miss our next event!
In partnership with AIA, our next event is April 24th at the historic YWCA in downtown Honolulu. AIA will be celebrating architecture month with events throughout April and we are honored to be invited to celebrate with them on the 24th. We’ll post more details in a few weeks.
Howdy all! Our next sketching meet up at the goat farm, Sweet Land Farm, is this weekend! Aren’t you excited?! I’ve put together this little drawing demo of how I approach drawing goats. This first video goes over analyzing and internalizing a goat’s proportion so that when we’re all at the farm you can concentrate on drawing and not figuring out how-to-draw the goats.
To find out more about our drawing event this weekend please check out Teri’s post where you can also RSVP your spot: Ready, Set, GOAT! Hope to see you there!
I was by Kahului Airport recently and had a little time to get out my sketchbook. I did my best to fill the page with different vignettes. I used plain office pens and a couple of markers. Definitely an exciting spot to sketch (and I did exchange greetings with security), but admittedly when those planes take off I lose focus and just bask in the roar of the jet engines. Town is definitely starting to feel busier though… like tourists are starting to come back.