Our chapter held a sketch event this Sunday morning at Ala Moana Shopping Center. It was good to see a few returning sketchers, as well as newcomer Mayumi. The weather was great – occasionally overcast and breezy. From the top level of the parking garage we had a view of the shopping center in front of Ala Moana Beach and downtown Honolulu with the Ko’olau Range as a backdrop. Although chosen for just that reason, our location proved almost overwhelming due to the plethora and detail of targets. It was a challenge not only to pick a scene, but also to distill it while truthfully depicting the subject. This is a location with so much potential that we will have to return someday.
We jumped in at 9:30 and were yet again surprised by how quickly 11:00 arrived – time for show-and-tell. Pencil, pen, watercolor, crayon, and watercolor pencils all made an appearance. Given the similar subjects we chose (e.g., cranes, the shopping mall with scaffolding, and downtown Honolulu), it was interesting to see how differently the challenges of perspective, depth, and contrast were tackled. I came away with a greater interest in crosshatching and a desire to explore the technique more in my own sketches.
Hope to see everyone at our next event!
Join us for a morning of urban sketching at Ala Moana Shopping Center where we can gain a close-up view of current construction work as well as a bird’s-eye view of shoppers and cars below!
Where: Ala Moana Shopping Center – Parking garage level 8 (free parking throughout)
When: 9:30am – 11:30am
What to expect: An informal and leisurely morning of sketching for artists of all levels and ages; show-and-tell at 11:00am (participation optional)
What to bring: Art supplies of your choice and lots of enthusiasm (also suggested: sun protection, personal food and drink, stool or chair)
For directions see Upcoming Events.
Hope to see you there!
Save the date… and hope to see you there!