Vote for our next meeting place

Hello Urban Sketchers O’ahu! We want to know where you would like to meet in December. We’re looking at Saturday, December 18th for our next in-person sketching event but want to know where you think is the best place to sketch the holidays. Please vote only if you are planning to attend.

Remember our events are free to attend. So please spread the word and invite your friends and family to join us in sketching the world one drawing at a time.

Happy holidays and happy sketching,

Terri

Last year at Honolulu Hale

Capturing moments at Hawai’i International Film Festivals

Today we celebrate all artists: traditional (pen to paper) and digital (those who create magic in the 3D world). There’s always energy when artists gather and we can learn from one another when we open our eyes to innovation and creativity around us.

It’s been 5 long months since we, Urban Sketchers met on location so I thank you all who joined us today. It was fun seeing you and your wonderful sketches.

If you have time tomorrow, drop by the Entrepreneurs Sandbox in Kaka’ako to watch the coolest VR films at the Hawai’i International Film Festival. It’s free but you should RSVP to reserve a seat. Click here for more info.


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


Sketching Together Globally on October 17th

We’re doing something together, yet physically apart on Sunday, October 17th. Please join Urban Sketchers from around the world as we sketch together for a 24-hour Sketchcrawl.

What is 24hr Sketchcrawl?

  • Urban sketchers around the world will sketch together during that 24-hour period and post their sketch stories on their social media accounts. During this 24 hours event, sketchers will share their sketch posts, beginning as far as east as Oceania, through Australia and Asia, Europe and Africa, and will end as far as the west coasts of the Americas

On Sunday, October 17th, draw what you see around you. Visit your favorite sketching location, the beach, the park, a restaurant, or your backyard. Then post your sketch on Instagram and tag @urbansketchers. Be sure to include the hashtags #sketchtogether and #usksketchtogether. The USk social media team will be looking at our posts and select some to share to the USk global community on the official Urban Sketchers channel! Click here for more info.

If you don’t have Instagram, email your sketches to me at uskoahu@gmail.com and I will be sure we share them on our urbansketchersoahu Instagram with the proper hashtags to get seen.

Let’s have fun everyone and share our view with the world one sketch at a time.

Terri


Let’s learn to draw people!

As you might have guessed, we are going back to virtual this month as the COVID-19 inflection count continues to climb at an alarming rate. We will keep monitoring the situation and hopefully return back to group sketching in September. Fingers crossed!

Thankfully, Christine has offered to teach a fun and safe virtual class via Zoom on a great subject.

Join us on Saturday, August 21st at 10-10:30 am for this fun demo. Personally, I know I need advice on sketching people so I’m excited about this virtual class.

It’s a private class, so we’re asking that you send an RSVP to uskoahu@gmail.com by Friday, August 20th so that we can send you a link to the class.

Hope to see you at the demo. In the meantime, happy sketching!


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!

Ready for a (Sub) Urban Sketching Event?

Fill up your gas tank everyone because we are heading to the country.

This Sunday (NOT Saturday), we are meeting at the entrance of Waimea Valley for a fun day of nature sketching. We are meeting on Sunday to take advantage of their LĀ ‘OHANA DAY, 50% off admission fees for kama’aina and military families. That’s a bargain $5 admission price! Also, please note we are meeting at 9am when the park opens for a better chance of ample free parking.

Besides your normal sketching supplies, you may also want to bring sunblock, mosquito repellent, and a hat. The park also suggests a rain jacket but that’s entirely optional. Wear comfortable shoes as the walk to the waterfall is 3/4 of a mile or about a 20-30 minute walk. If you arrive later than 9am, you can meet us at the halfway point to the falls, which is only a 10-15 minute walk. We’ll be meeting at the halfway point for sharing at 10:30am.

Please visit their website here for more info. Waimea Valley has a vast history and a strong mission of conservation and restoration.

If attending, please email us at uskoahu@gmail.com by Saturday, July 17th with your name and phone number. We will retain the list for contact tracing purposes. Also, as we are on private property, we are asked to wear facemasks when entering the visitor center, restrooms, snack shop, gift shop, waterfall area (unless swimming), and ticket booth. Please be consider of others around you and stay home if you feel sick.

Thanks to Christine who visited the park two weeks ago to do some pre-sketching research.

See you on Sunday, the 18th!


Go Big. Go Bold in Chinatown.

If you think art is an isolated hobby, try painting and sketching in the heart of Chinatown. Bustling with street vendors, shoppers, and colorful people, there is not a minute of sketching without someone peering over your shoulder. Creating art in public does invite the curious. Although it may be uncomfortable at times, it is our mission as Urban Sketchers to raise awareness about art in our community.

From Urban Sketchers website:

Our mission

Our mission is to raise the artistic, storytelling, and educational value of on-location drawing, promoting its practice and connecting people around the world who draw on location where they live and travel.

This was our first collaboration with Mark Brown Plein Air Art Master Class taught today by Dennis Daniel. It was such an honor to join a group of talented Plein Air local artists. We hope to do another collaboration again soon.


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!


Two Great Groups, One Great Event

Hello Urban Sketchers! Hope all is well and that you are enjoying the outdoors with less restrictions. Let’s hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.

We have a great opportunity on June 19th to meet local Plein Air Artist Mark Brown and his Master class as we all paint together at Kekaulike Market in Chinatown. This is an amazing opportunity for us Urban Sketchers to learn techniques from a master and meet other talented artists that paint outdoors all over Oahu. Mark has chosen a perfect place for our collaboration that’s colorful and bursting with urban life.

This event will be unlike our previous outings. We will meet 8-9am as a group while Mark will teach invaluable skills to capture lighting, colors, and movement on canvas. From 9 to 11:30, you will have 2 1/2 to draw and paint the marketplace. Then at 11:30, we will gather for critique and sharing.

There is municipal parking at the Kekaulike Courtyard at 1016 Maunakea Street $3.00 for the entire day.

If attending, please email us at uskoahu@gmail.com by Friday, June 18th with your name and phone number. We will retain the list for contact tracing purposes. Also, as per State of Hawaii’s COVID-19 guidelines, you will not be required to wear a face covering as we will be outdoors. But please be consider of others around you and stay home if you feel sick.

About Mark Brown

Named as one of the few Plein Air Artists in Hawaii, Mark has been painted for nearly 40 years. He teaches Plein Air at University of Hawaii and is featured in Hawaii Art Galleries across the state. You may have seen his paintings at the Hilton Hawaiian Village or his 60×300’ mural at South Shore Marketplace. He is an accomplished award-winning artist and art instructor. To learn more about Mark, visit his website.

Here are photos I took of Mark’s class on May 29th at He’eia State Park. It was such a fun day and everyone was so friendly and incredibly talented.