Double-digit attendance (well, 10 qualifies, right?) marked our double celebration today: 100 USkO sketch events and the return of in-person sketching! A beautiful morning downtown made Hurricane Douglas look like fiction – although several sketchers mentioned the need to tie down or move loose belongings this afternoon. For the moment, however, our attention was on the confusing undulations of the Sky Gate sculpture and other views in the area. At a particularly social show-and-tell session our new chapter leaders (Terri, Bill, and Christine) received a warm welcome … and the outgoing administrators were treated to lovely presents. Here’s to the next 100!

On a more personal note: We admins have greatly enjoyed organizing events and sketching with everyone since holding our first gathering at Magic Island nearly 6 years ago. The three of us will still participate in events when we can and certainly be in touch from afar. We are thrilled by the enthusiasm of USkO’s new leaders and have no doubt that they will take the chapter to new heights!

Happy sketching and see you soon!

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Downtown Landmarks

Today’s sketch event took us back to one of our favorite locations, the lawn of ʻIolani Palace, from where (in addition to the obvious attraction) many other sketch-worthy sights are a short stroll away, among them the King Kamehameha Statue, the State Public Library, and the State Capitol. Ample shade was an additional asset on a clear day that brought together sketchers from Oʻahu, Minneapolis, and Germany. Show-and-tell saw an even wider range of styles and techniques than usual, together with subjects that spanned the gamut from vignettes to sweeping views of the historic buildings around us. We ended the morning sharing stories about USk symposiums and favorite sketch materials.

As always, don’t forget to check out our sketches on Flickr and upload your own!

Make sure to stay tuned for our next event!


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