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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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 email@example.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!
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.
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.
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.