And we’re back!Posted: March 14, 2022 Filed under: USkO | Tags: urban sketchers, usk, USkO 1 Comment
YES! We’re back.
Sorry for the long delay and blog vacation. Sometimes, you have to take a break from emails and the laptop and take time off for yourself and your family. Hope everyone is doing well.
Well, it’s time to get back at it and Christine has selected a great urban place to sketch.
She suggested Pensacola because it has a little bit of everything: retro buildings on Pensacola and King, McKinley High School, and a Buddhist-looking temple. Personally, I love the quaint storefronts in the area.
Let’s meet on the Ewa side of the Walgreen’s parking lot at 10am. Please refrain from parking in the retail lot and save those spaces for their customers. There’s plenty of street parking nearby. We’ll sketch from 10 to 11:30am and share our sketches 11:30 to noon.
If attending, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 25th with your name and phone number. We will retain the list for contact tracing purposes. Please be considerate of others around you and stay home if you feel sick.
Looking forward to sketching again IN PERSON on March 26th!
A special shout out to Pam and Ruth for sending their sketches from our last virtual event. It’s always fun to sketch together!
Let’s draw a car!Posted: February 4, 2022 Filed under: USkO | Tags: usk, USkO, virtual sketch event 4 Comments
Thank you to all who attended our last virtual demo with Christine. It was our biggest virtual turn out to date. I hope you all learned something valuable to add to your sketches.
By special request, Christine has offered to show us another demo.
I’m not sure what the construction method is but I’m curious to learn more. Aren’t you?
Sorry, it’s a little last minute. But I hope you can join us on February 12th at 10am. Please RSVP to email@example.com by February 9th and I will email you the link to join.
Hope you can join us. In the meantime, stay safe and happy sketching.
Let’s meet virtuallyPosted: January 18, 2022 Filed under: USkO | Tags: usk, USkO, virtual sketch event 2 Comments
I’m sure you already guessed it. We’re not gathering together in person while the COVID-19 numbers are peaking.
Instead, Christine has volunteered to teach a class virtually: Point to Point sketching.
Point-to-point is focusing less on what you are driving and more on the line edges and angles. “Basically, you start with a line and you add your next line by comparing its angle and length with your first line. Rinse and repeat,” says Christine.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 24th and I will email you the link to join.
Hope you can join us. In the meantime, stay safe and happy sketching.
Happy Holiday Sketching in HonoluluPosted: December 18, 2021 Filed under: USkO | Tags: Christmas parade, Honolulu, Honolulu Hale, usk, USkO 2 Comments
What a fun and beautiful warm Hawaiian day to be outside and sketching.
Thank you to all who came out to sketch with us today.
May your holidays be merry and bright!
Christine, Bill, and Terri
And the winner is…Posted: December 6, 2021 Filed under: USkO | Tags: Honolulu, usk, USkO 6 Comments
You voted and the next sketching event has been chosen.
Let’s meet at Honolulu Hale in front of Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele on December 18th at 10am. We’ll sketch from 10 to 11:30am and share our sketches 11:30 to noon.
If attending, please email us at email@example.com by Friday, December 17th with your name and phone number. Please be considerate of others around you and stay home if you feel sick.
Looking forward to seeing you all in person sketching on December 18th.
Vote for our next meeting placePosted: November 22, 2021 Filed under: USkO | Tags: event announcement, oahu urban sketchers, urban sketchers, usk, USkO 2 Comments
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,
Let’s Sketch Together!Posted: November 8, 2021 Filed under: USkO | Tags: Hawaii International Film Festival, HIFF, Honolulu, Kakaako, urban sketchers oahu, usk, USkO 3 Comments
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Let’s learn to draw people!Posted: August 9, 2021 Filed under: USkO | Tags: urban sketchers, usk, USkO, virtual sketch event Leave a comment
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 email@example.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 funPosted: July 18, 2021 Filed under: USkO | Tags: oahu urban sketchers, urban sketchers, usk, USkO 1 Comment
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.
Ready for a (Sub) Urban Sketching Event?Posted: July 11, 2021 Filed under: USkO | Tags: urban sketchers, usk, USkO Leave a comment
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!