The Return to Virtual Sketching

Sounds like a sequel to Star Wars, right?

As we are seeing an increase in COVID-19 numbers, we will return to virtual sketching in January.

This Saturday, January 23rd, let’s sketch together while remaining safely apart. The theme, “A Day in the Pandemic” is inspired from USk Talks Season 2, Episode 2. You can watch the entire episode on YouTube here.

You can choose to sketch throughout the day or share one sketch that captures the mood of the day.

The challenge of sketching throughout the day is filling the page as day progresses.

Choosing to sketch a moment in time allowed me space to journal my emotions.

I hope you enjoy this process. At the very least, you’ll have a page of your day documented to always reflect upon. 

Please share your sketches on our flickr page this Saturday or Sunday. Looking forward to see your day in the pandemic.

Happy sketching.


Take your sketching to a new level

If you are looking for inspiration to up your sketching game, here are a couple of suggestions worth trying.

A few weeks ago, spoonflower.com announced their second-annual #doodleadayJan challenge with daily doodling prompts. Anyone can participate. Keep in mind, this is not urban sketching, rather a way to practice sketching on a daily basis. Post your doodle on Instagram and tag it with @spoonflower and @ellolovey with #DoodleADayJanELSF. Special prizes will be awarded at the end of the month. Visit www.spoonflower.com for more details.

Last year, during the first lockdown, Urban Sketchers launched USkTalks on Instagram. It was a wonderful way to connect to other Urban Sketchers around the world. On January 3rd, they launched their second season. This time, it’s on YouTube. It’s a live broadcast at 5 a.m. HST every Sunday.

It’s fun to sketch during the show.

If 5 a.m. is too early for you night owls, you can watch the replay anytime. 

Every episode offers sketch challenges. These are fun. You can participate by posting your sketch on Instagram with #usktalkschallenge. 

Save the date!

Our next event will be Saturday, January 23rd. More info will be posted shortly.


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


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 ho-ho-ho?

Shaka Santa and Mrs. Claus are donning their facemasks and waiting for us at Honolulu Hale. We are so excited to see you as we sketch together this Saturday, December 12th at 10am. Please read previous post here for location.

To RSVP, email uskoahu@gmail.com by Friday, December 11th with your name and phone number. It looks like there will be 9 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.


Boats, fishermen, water, and more!

A little drizzle and a little wind couldn’t stop us from sketching at Pier 38 this morning. What a nice Saturday to be outdoors sketching daily harbor activities.

Thanks Nancy for suggesting Pier 38 for urban sketching!
Some of us got a great view of the harbor!
Bill sketched from Nico’s Restaurant and got an early lunch!
Christine waiting for the brief drizzle to pass.
Jen came prepared with clips for the wind.

There’s so much to sketch at the harbor: classic fishing boats with fishermen onboard, the ripples of the greenish harbor water, fallen seed pods on the ground, and the large shipping machinery in the distance. Time just flies by when you are trying to focus on your sketch.

But we did it!

Socially distancing of course!
In groups no more than 5!

Thank you all for sketching today. We are looking at December 12th for our next on location holiday sketching. Check back for more info.

Happy Thanksgiving fellow sketchers! Be safe.

On a side note: Some of my photos are missing from the slideshow. I’ve written to wordpress to inquire why.


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.


Are you ready to sketch together?

We hope that everyone is well and eager to return to in-person sketching on location! Sharpen your pencils, grab your supplies, and join us next week Saturday for a fun morning.

As we return to the new normal of in-person sketching, we do have new guidelines from USk Executive Board for all Urban Sketchers Chapters.

Guideline for Urban Sketchers Chapter Gatherings

  1. If you feel sick, stay home. 
  2. Everyone must wear a facemark or face covering.
  3. Please maintain social distancing of 6 feet from others.
  4. If you plan to attend, please email us at uskoahu@gmail.com by Oct 23rd 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.
  5. If you attend and become ill, notify one of the team leaders (Christine, Bill, or I) immediately.
  6. If we have more than 5 participants, we will break into smaller groups no more than 5 to adhere to Oahu’s social gathering mandate.

Parking at Kaka’ako Farmers Market

The Kaka’ako Farmers Market is open every Saturday 8-noon. Even in the pandemic, it is a popular place for locals to pick up fresh produce, crafts, and ready-to-go meals. Because we start at 10am, parking can be challenging. We encourage you to come early so that you have time to find stress-free parking a little farther away, such as at Ward Centre, a leisure 10-minute walk. Also, don’t forget to bring water and your own chair. It’s hot out there!

On a side note

Thank you for participating in our virtual sketching events these past few months. Even if we couldn’t gather together, it was great to be able to share our sketches every week with one another. Since we plan to gather once again, we will suspend weekly virtual sketching. But feel free to continue sketching and share your sketches with the group on Flickr and Instagram.