Little group, big fun

It was just three of us at Waimea Valley on this rainy Sunday but it was still really enjoyable. We got to leisurely stroll the grounds of the park, mostly alone as the crowd of tourist made a b-line to the waterfall.

Christine, who has been there too many times to count gave us a guided tour on the best spots to paint. There are so many great areas of inspiration from nature. It seemed like every turn was picture perfect.

It was Bill’s first time visiting Waimea Valley. It was too crowded for his liking when we finally arrived at the waterfall. But the walk there was full of foliage and beauty even in the rain.

I was originally intending to paint the lily pond near the entrance but later we decided to paint at the waterfall because there was some protection from the rain and a nice place to sit.

Christine sketched on her phone while I struggled with capturing the waterfall with damp watercolor paper from the rain. Thankfully, we turned the morning into a teachable moment where Bill showed me how much darker I need to take my colors to show the depth of the waterfall. I’m still very timid in my art. But I am learning!

Even though it was just the three of us on this sub-Urban Sketching Sunday, I loved the feeling of being totally immersed in my art. That experience is priceless.

Christine’s sketch on her phone.
Our combo sketch!

Two Great Groups, One Great Event (Important Update)

I have sad news. Mark Brown will be undergoing surgery this week and will not be able to join us this Saturday at Kekaulike Market in Chinatown. His class will still meet so we are still invited to join them. Mark’s assistant, Dennis Daniel who is incredibly talented will teach the class while Mark is recovering.

Here is a photo I took of Dennis at He’eia State Park in May.

We know this is disappointing news. Hopefully, we can do another collaboration in the future with Mark when he is back on his feet. In the meantime, please keep Mark in your thoughts for a speedy recovery.

See you at Kekaulike Market in Chinatown on Saturday!


Sweet Sketching at Sweet Land Farm

Got a little worried driving to Waialua this morning with all the rain we’ve been having. But when we got there…

Abolutely gorgeous. Green grass. A little drizzle. Beautiful red barns. And the most adorable goats! 

For all the new sketchers, you picked a good one. Sweet Land Farm is a picturesque best kept secret in Waialua. I hope everyone had a nice time sketching in the country and immersed themselves into this adorable family farm.

If you missed it, please enjoy browsing our photos. 

Don’t miss our next event!

In partnership with AIA, our next event is April 24th at the historic YWCA in downtown Honolulu. AIA will be celebrating architecture month with events throughout April and we are honored to be invited to celebrate with them on the 24th. We’ll post more details in a few weeks.


Ready, Set, GOAT!

OMG. I’m so excited about our next sketching event. I hope you will make the drive to Central Oahu because I assure you, this is a GOAT one!

I recently visited Sweet Land Farm and I fell in love. First of all, the property is beautiful. Open pasture with red barns. Adorable plantation-style housing which are recycled from Schofield Barracks. And best of all, hundreds of the most adorable goats!

Please note, that we are moving our sketching time to 9am, with group sharing at 11:00 so that you’ll have extra time to walk around. Please bring your own chair. As we will be on private property, please be respectful to the farm and people around you. Wear a mask and remember to social distance.

About Sweet Land Farm

Sweet Land Farm is a certified goat dairy in beautiful Waialua. The property is 86 acres of old pineapple fields in Waialua on O’ahu. They currently have 160 lactating goats that are milked twice daily. The goats will give on average 3/4 to 1 gallon of milk per day.

Currently, Sweet Land Farm is opened to the public every Saturday 9am to noon. They have a little farm store that sells farmstead goat cheese, homemade caramel, soaps, lotions, goat-loving t-shirts, and other goat-inspired products. I encourage to check out their products. Support local!

Directions from Honolulu

Best way to locate Sweet Land Farm is to use google maps on your cellphone. Address is 65-1031 Kaukonahua Rd, Waialua, HI 96791. https://goo.gl/maps/86LUqgrmS8RkxawV9

Travel north on H-1. Take H-2 to Wahiawa. Stay on Wilikina Drive, until it turns into 803. Travel on 803. After you pass Hawaiian Earth Products on your left, take the next left. There should be a sign that says “Goat Cheese for Sale.” Travel until the fork in the road. Turn left. There is plenty of grassy parking near the structures.

If you plan to attend, please email us at uskoahu@gmail.com by Friday, March 19th with your name and phone number. We will retain the list for contact tracing purposes. Also, please read this previous post regarding Guidelines for Urban Sketchers Chapter Gatherings.

I hope you will join us for a fun day of sketching on the farm. This is going to be a good one!


Looking Back at 2020

One thing is for sure. No one will forget 2020. We survived COVID-19, lockdowns, furloughs, unemployment, the 2020 election, and more. Through it all, Urban Sketchers was the bright spot in my long year. I hope it was for you too.

Thank you to everyone who sketched with us every month. A special thank you to those who joined us for virtual sketching during both lockdowns. Your dedication to urban sketching is commendable.

As we say aloha to 2020, we gladly welcome 2021 with optimism and hope.

Best wishes and happy 2021,

Terri, Bill, and Christine


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! 


HOT day at Kaka’ako Farmers Market

Thank you to everyone who endured the heat on this hot, humid day to participate at our first in-person meetup during Tier 2 of the pandemic. I promise our next event will have shade!

But look how cute our group photo turned out.

We’re smiling under our masks! L-R: Terri, Bill, Christine, Ivan, Nancy, and Susan

Having an event at the Farmers Market means being surrounded by an abundance of local food and refreshing beverages from small businesses. There were also a lot of people, tents, plants, and buildings to sketch. Kaka’ako does have it all.

We’re tentatively looking at Saturday, November 21st for our next gathering. Stay tuned.


What to sketch from home? Here’s a list of 20 prompts to get started.

Hope everyone staying at home is safe and healthy! 

Every month, I look forward to our Urban Sketching outing. I sharpen my pencils and pack my bag the night before. But now that we are adjusting to our new normal of social distancing, I have embraced the new direction from USk of sketching from home.

For inspiration, browse through Instagram and you’ll see hundreds of sketchers around the world sketching from their windows. From Rome to Tokyo, it’s really quite inspiring. Honestly, some people have amazing views from their apartments!

Instead of feeling restricted, take this time to be creative. Look around your surroundings and find beauty in the ordinary. Even the kitchen sink can be fascinating.

Here is a list of prompts to get your creative juices flowing:

1. Look out your window. Sketch what you see. 

2. Sketch your front door. Don’t forget to include your slippers.

3. Are you spending this downtime watching a lot of Netflix? Sketch from your sofa and include your feet!

4. What does your backyard look like? If you have a garden, sketch your garden.

5. Are you working from home? Sketch your home office. Include your laptop and your morning cup of joe. Embrace the mess.

6. Sketch your lunch. Your lunch probably looks different now that you are eating at home.

7. Do you have a pet? Sketch them watching you draw.

8. You can tell a lot about a person’s interests by looking at their bookshelf. Plus, books come in so many different sizes and colors which makes them fun to draw. Sketch your bookshelf.

9. Look inside your closet. Here’s another place where you can play with textures and colors. Sketch your clothes on hangers.

10. Are you doing a lot of baking? So many people are! Sketch your chocolate-chip cookies or homemade bread baking in the oven.

11. Love your hands! They are our tools for all we do. Sketch your hands sketching.

12. Everyone has a junk drawer. Sketch what’s inside. Paperclips, rubber bands, pens, etc.

13. Laundry hanging in the yard is somehow beautiful and nostalgic in the sunlight. Be sure to include your face masks drying in the sun.

14. Draw your spouse working from home.

15. Pay tribute to our essential workers. Draw your postman or woman delivering your mail.

16. Are you exercising? Sketch your exercise routine. Are you not exercising? Sketch your shoes lying on the floor.

17. De-stressing with puzzles and games? Family game night has become an everyday routine. Sketch your family having fun.

18. Spending more time playing an instrument? Sketch your guitar, ukulele, or banjo…

19. Doing a lot of online shopping? Sketch yourself browsing the merchandise from your phone.

20. Look at your home at night. The mood and surroundings change dramatically when the lamps are on. Sketch your life in the darkness.

Whatever you choose to sketch, have fun and enjoy the process. Don’t forget to post your “Stay at home” sketch every Saturday in April at https://www.flickr.com/groups/uskoahu/

Stay safe and happy sketching.

Aloha,

Terri