Weekend Sketch!

Our first virtual sketch event in May is coming up this weekend! If you are running out of ideas and would like a theme to focus on, let’s try “transportation”. It’s not mandatory though. “See” you this weekend!

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“Get Your Ticket! Free Sketching on Saturday!”

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Happy Earth Day!

It is even more important when you’re staying at home to be thankful for what you have and give back to our planet.

Every little thing helps: recycle your water bottles, conserve electricity, or reuse what you already have.

Fifteen years ago, Bill gave me a worm composter so that we could turn our food scraps into rich soil for our garden. It’s a 3-level simple home for hundreds of red wigglers that munch on potato and carrot peelings, eggshells, and melon rind. We have much less waste and dark, nutrient-rich compost to amend our herbs and fruit trees. It’s a little thing but it feels good to reuse and recycle what we already have.

Happy Earth Day.

Stay safe and happy sketching,


worm composter


In April, we normally collaborate with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honolulu to celebrate Architecture Month. Since the original event was planned for the 18th, we thought it would be nice to keep the theme by including something architectural in our sketches this Saturday. No worries if your cat is looking exceptionally cute though!  :)

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A Calm Soul

Hello again…I wanted to share one more sketch from home…our little old guy is a calm soul through all of this.  He likes to sit and watch t.v. with us.
Pen and watercolor pencil.  Fortunately, he sits still for a while so I didn’t have to rush too much!

Your T-Shirt Orders

For those of you who placed an order: Don’t worry, your new USkO t-shirts are in safe hands (even if they’re in the wrong pair of hands… mine not yours)!

We will make sure to get them to you when things settle down.

For anyone late to the t-shirt party, we may have a few extras. We’ll make an announcement after we verify and fulfill early-bird orders.

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.