Through Wind and Rain

Today’s event underlined again the urban sketchers’ mantra that capturing the world around us need not be limited to spectacular scenery and special events. Mānoa Valley District Park offered countless worthy views – even for sketchers hiding from blustery wind and rain. The extraordinarily ordinary was just as fun: parked cars, birds, the baseball field, a school hallway with a hopscotch path, the gym, the playground, and of course abundant flora.

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

Stay tuned for details about our next event on December 7 at Bishop Museum!

Also, USkO T-shirts are in production and will be ready to pick up in January at the first event of the new year.

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Not Ready for the Cemetery


Today’s sketching excursion to Mānoa Chinese Cemetery (Honolulu) was one of our less well prepared outings. Harald forgot to take his set of Micron pens, AJ was accosted by an over-friendly chicken, and neither remembered to bring a camera to document the event. In true USk fashion, we tried to make the best of the situation anyway. Although today’s sketches (chicken! tree!) may not have captured the most iconic sights, we had fun and gained a serious appreciation of the beauty and special character of our location. Definitely a destination to return to.

The photos below were taken later in the day when we briefly returned to the cemetery – this time with camera.

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Mānoa Valley Christmas Parade

Earlier this month, I went to see the Christmas parade with, seemingly, every Mānoa Valley resident. I took up position on the corner of Lowrey Ave. and East Manoa Rd., and saw entire streets lined with people in a festive, community spirit. Unfortunately, the parade passed by so quickly that I was only able to capture a few moments: a police motorcycle leading the parade, a school’s marching band performing Christmas carols, and a troop of Scottish bagpipe players.