Let’s Sketch Together!

We’re so excited to announce our next event! One, because we will be meeting IRL (in real life)! I know, it’s been a long time since we’ve sketched together so we hope you are just as excited too. And two, we’ve been invited to amplify the Hawai’i International Film Festival (HIFF) XR (Extended Reality) New Media Exhibit on November 20th.

Let’s meet near the entrance of the Entrepreneurs Sandbox at 10am. For directions, click here. There is parking in the lot or metered street parking. We’ll sketch from 10 to 11:30am and share our sketches 11:30 to noon.

Let’s Support HIFF XR

Let’s support other artists by checking out the Augmented Reality (AR) pieces by the artists, including BREONNA’S GARDEN, BIG ORANGE FISH, THE BLUE BOAT, AWAKEN THE GIANTS: SINISTERIA VR, and THE GIRL AND THE CRANE. The event are free but RSVP is required. To see FRAGILE EARTH, no RSVP is required.

Proof of vaccination status

To enter the Entrepreneurs Sandbox, you will need to show your COVID-19 vaccination card or proof of negative test. If you do not have one, you can sketch outside the building or across the street at the Kaka’ako Ocean-Friendly Garden.

If attending, please email us at uskoahu@gmail.com by Friday, November 19th with your name and phone number. We will retain the list for contact tracing purposes. Please be considerate of others around you. Wear a mask if inside the building and stay home if you feel sick.

Looking forward to seeing all your beautiful masked faces and creative sketches on November 20th.

Happy sketching,

Terri


Jolly time sketching at Honolulu Hale

There were certainly less decorations on the lawn of Honolulu Hale this COVID holidays but nothing could stop our Urban Sketching spirit!

It was so wonderful to see old friends and meet new ones. And of course thank you to our devoted sketchers who make it to every sketching event in 2020.

Thankfully the crowds were small (mostly just us and the security guard). And Shaka Santa and Mrs. Claus were watching over us beaming in the Hawaiian sun.

Here we are in groups of 5 or less.

As for announcements, don’t forget our unofficial Urban Sketchers event at Ka’ena Point tomorrow at 9am to 1pm. See post here. (I baked more cookies!)

As we say aloha to 2020, we at Urban Sketchers O’ahu wish you and your families a very happy and safe holidays. See you in 2021!


Are you ready to to sketch at the harbor?

We are so excited to see your happy faces as we sketch together this Saturday, November 21st at Pier 38. Please read previous post here for location.

To RSVP, email uskoahu@gmail.com by Friday, November 20th with your name and phone number. It looks like there will be 7 of us so far, so we will break up into 2 groups to be compliant with Oahu’s Tier 2 guidelines. You can also review Urban Sketchers guidelines here.

See you on Saturday 10am to noon!

Happy sketching.

I took this photo this morning of Honolulu harbor. Just wanted to share.

Urban Sketching with a harbor view

As requested, we have found a place with more shade for our next sketching event. So pack your supplies and join us on the pier for a fun Saturday morning of urban sketching!

Pier 38 offers a plethora of shapes and textures to challenge your artistic senses. First of all, there are boats of all sizes and colors. We will be surrounded by water with reflections, ripples, and even a fish or two. There are fishermen working on their boats. And lots of shipping containers to remind us of our urban surroundings.

There is ample free parking. But best of all, there are trees lining the pier providing us protection from Honolulu’s mid-day heat. Why is it so hot in November anyway?

As we are still navigating through COVID-19, please see previous post regarding Guidelines for Urban Sketchers Chapter Gatherings . If you plan to attend, please email us at uskoahu@gmail.com by Friday, November 20th with the following info: name and phone number. We will retain this info for at least a month for contact tracing purposes. You are still welcome to join us if you don’t RSVP, but you will be asked for your contact info on site.

We are so looking forward to seeing you on November 21st! 


100!

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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Street Corner Sketching

So many places are waiting to be sketched, and it is not just the scenic vistas or ukulele festivals that need our attention. Even seemingly ordinary street corners are full of sketch-worthy details and character. The corner of South Kukui Street and Pali Highway slowly showed itself when we discovered a school mural, an extremely popular sherbet shop (thank you for the sample, Miles!), two White Terns, and an old barber’s pole – not all of which made it into our sketches. Show-and-tell revealed even more views and scenes from the neighborhood.

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

Next month, USkO is celebrating its 5th anniversary – make sure to mark the morning of September 21st on your calendars now!

Also, stay tuned for a fun t-shirt that we are creating to mark the occasion!

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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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