The New Normal?

I hope everyone at USkO and their loved ones are safe and healthy, in the upside-down world we’re in right now.

I noticed our small box of gloves and one of our fabric masks waiting for use near our front door, and felt compelled to sketch them.  They represent a little snapshot in the enormous scope of this pandemic.  Watercolor, pen and colored pencils all played a part in the sketch.

The box of gloves is what we had in our household supply.  The fabric mask was made by me.  I began sewing masks from scrap fabric and thread several weeks ago, when I sensed that this would become a necessity.  Thanks to donations of bits of spare fabric and thread from some lovely people, I’ve been able to continue making a few masks for those who request.

Tomorrow is not just Saturday, it’s Sketch day!

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USk Manifesto Reminder

Aloha, Sketchers!

This post is just a reminder to follow the Urban Sketchers Manifesto listed below for our activities.

  1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation
    (e.g. not from photographs or imagination).
  2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel.
  3. Our drawings are a record of time and place.
  4. We are truthful to the scenes we witness.
  5. We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles.
  6. We support each other and draw together.
  7. We share our drawings online.
  8. We show the world, one drawing at a time.

Also note that sketches from figure drawing sessions, of posed models, or of still lifes are not permitted.

If you’re looking for ideas, we recommend checking out Terri’s recent post, which is filled with suggestions of what to sketch. Let’s try some out on Saturday!

What to sketch from home? Here’s a list of 20 prompts to get started.

Hope everyone staying at home is safe and healthy! 

Every month, I look forward to our Urban Sketching outing. I sharpen my pencils and pack my bag the night before. But now that we are adjusting to our new normal of social distancing, I have embraced the new direction from USk of sketching from home.

For inspiration, browse through Instagram and you’ll see hundreds of sketchers around the world sketching from their windows. From Rome to Tokyo, it’s really quite inspiring. Honestly, some people have amazing views from their apartments!

Instead of feeling restricted, take this time to be creative. Look around your surroundings and find beauty in the ordinary. Even the kitchen sink can be fascinating.

Here is a list of prompts to get your creative juices flowing:

1. Look out your window. Sketch what you see. 

2. Sketch your front door. Don’t forget to include your slippers.

3. Are you spending this downtime watching a lot of Netflix? Sketch from your sofa and include your feet!

4. What does your backyard look like? If you have a garden, sketch your garden.

5. Are you working from home? Sketch your home office. Include your laptop and your morning cup of joe. Embrace the mess.

6. Sketch your lunch. Your lunch probably looks different now that you are eating at home.

7. Do you have a pet? Sketch them watching you draw.

8. You can tell a lot about a person’s interests by looking at their bookshelf. Plus, books come in so many different sizes and colors which makes them fun to draw. Sketch your bookshelf.

9. Look inside your closet. Here’s another place where you can play with textures and colors. Sketch your clothes on hangers.

10. Are you doing a lot of baking? So many people are! Sketch your chocolate-chip cookies or homemade bread baking in the oven.

11. Love your hands! They are our tools for all we do. Sketch your hands sketching.

12. Everyone has a junk drawer. Sketch what’s inside. Paperclips, rubber bands, pens, etc.

13. Laundry hanging in the yard is somehow beautiful and nostalgic in the sunlight. Be sure to include your face masks drying in the sun.

14. Draw your spouse working from home.

15. Pay tribute to our essential workers. Draw your postman or woman delivering your mail.

16. Are you exercising? Sketch your exercise routine. Are you not exercising? Sketch your shoes lying on the floor.

17. De-stressing with puzzles and games? Family game night has become an everyday routine. Sketch your family having fun.

18. Spending more time playing an instrument? Sketch your guitar, ukulele, or banjo…

19. Doing a lot of online shopping? Sketch yourself browsing the merchandise from your phone.

20. Look at your home at night. The mood and surroundings change dramatically when the lamps are on. Sketch your life in the darkness.

Whatever you choose to sketch, have fun and enjoy the process. Don’t forget to post your “Stay at home” sketch every Saturday in April at

Stay safe and happy sketching.



Virtual is Real!

Our second virtual sketch event is off to a slow start – but it is not too late to participate! Varied views and details portrayed by fellow sketchers have already been posted on – grab your art supplies and add yours!

By the way, here is last week’s group photo :)

Sketching on Saturday!

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Events for April

Since virtual sketch events are so flexible, we will be holding events each Saturday while social distancing/quarantine measures are in place.