A Buddhist Afternoon

Today’s event took us to one of Oʻahu’s major attractions, the Byodo-In Temple on the windward side, which was evidently a popular destination on this Saturday afternoon. After a brief introduction by tour guide Nancy to the history of the impressive Buddha statue that is the temple’s centerpiece, combined with reflections on Buddha and his teachings, we faced the challenge of choosing a sketch target among the countless scenes and views. The colorful buttresses, ornaments, beams, railings, poles, and tiles of the temple itself, a spectacular blend of straight and curved lines, was both irresistible and baffling to some of us. Others chose to direct their attention to one of many alternative sketch subjects, such as old trees, black swans, or the dramatic ravines of the cloud-crested Koʻ​olau mountain range.

Show and tell was fun as always, as the giant USkO pencil made the rounds among veteran and first-time attendees.

A big thank you to Mai for facilitating our visit to the temple and being so welcoming to us sketchers! We hope to be back soon!

As always, don’t forget to check out our sketches on Flickr and upload your own!

Stay tuned for details about our next event on July 14 at Honolulu Memorial Park in Nu​ʻ​uanu!

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Perspectives and people in motion were the main themes during show-and-tell at today’s event at the Windward Mall in Kāneʻohe, where our small group gathered around its very own table, graciously provided by the mall’s management team. Ivan demonstrated a surprising and creative use of note-taking software; various views of the mall’s center court were presented; and Sebastian showed how to turn running out of ink into an act of artistic expression.

As always, don’t forget to check out our sketches on Flickr and upload your own!

See you at our next event on February 17!

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Windward, finally!

Although weather forecasts predicted heavy rain for the weekend, our event at Windward Community College only received a sprinkle. Nevertheless, it seems that the weather did deter some people, as we were a small group – small, but enthusiastic!

Apart from a team of students promoting higher education (they wore great t-shirts with the slogan, “Keep Calm and Go to College”!), the campus was largely empty. The vibrant colors of WCC (undergoing renovations and construction after receiving a federal grant) and the clouds sinking into the Ko‘olau Mountains created a great atmosphere for sketching.

We got together for our traditional show-and-tell toward the end of the event to share sketches ranging from a hen and her eleven chicks to views of the lush grounds and buildings. Below are a few photos of us.

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We hope to see everyone at our next event! We will be alternating between windward and Honolulu locations, as well as others, in an attempt to be in everybody’s neighborhood at some point.