Wednesday, December 20, 2017

My South Pacific studio and a Historical location with UskOahu

Michele Cooper in Hawai’i
Dec16, 2017–My son and I, along with my two granddaughters joined USK Oahu at historic Washington Place from 2:30-4:30  to enjoy its 170 year history.

The Eternal Flame is a bronze and copper sculpture dedicated in 1974 to the men and women of the State of Hawaii who served in the Armed Forces of the United States. The memorial is located just outside the estate. 
Over a dozen urban sketchers met on the grounds and former residence of Queen Lili'uokalani as tours were given of the interior. 'Aha Mele Hawaiian musicians and dancers performed on the lanai.

Docents in long white dresses and leis led the tours indoors where two lovely parlors displayed rare Koa wood furnishings.

The Greek revival palace was built in 1848. It was the former residence of Queen Lili’uokalani and later became the official residence of the Governor of Hawai’i. It is a National Historic Landmark, designated in 2007. The current governor’s residence was built in 2008 behind the historic residence and is located on the same grounds as Washington Place. 
I began with a sketch of my 8 year old granddaughter, Leila.
A “backstage” tent was set up on the side lawn for performers.
My finished spread includes a group of performers, garden lamp, section of the mansion and side garden landscape. Leila has been going out sketching with me since she was 4 years old.
Leila likes sketching trees and people.
Leila's sketch of the hula chanter with her drum. Her 4 year old sister, Ocean, sketched the lanai roofline and trees. 
I took advantage of the opportunity to abandon a hand painted greeting card near the lanai. It vanished within 20 minutes!

Thanks to USK Oahu for making this rare experience possible at Washington Place.
Be sure to check out our sketches on Flickr !
See Urban Sketchers Oahu blog for more about this event.


  1. Sounds like a good time. Excellent sketch.

    1. Yes, we are enjoying our family here. Miss you all, though. Thanks for your kind words regarding my sketch.

  2. How great that you got to go out with the Oahu group...and even better that your granddaughter loves sketching too. She's very good! Hope you are enjoying being there where it is warm. It is about 25 degrees up here in Maine and we're expecting more snow and ice.

    1. Thanks, Joan. I think my granddaughter is very good, too. I trust you’re enjoying the snow and ice in Maine! Brrrr! I hear the entire northern part of the US has cold weather, snow and ice, all the way across from my state to yours! Stay warm and enjoy your vacation!