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Color Yourself Happy with a Color Bridge

November 10, 2018

Color enhances our moods and in this all-inclusive two-hour workshop Watercolorist Dawn Yoshimura will share her simple color theory for creating happy, bright, harmonious colors using watercolor. Using a basic rhythm to paint intuitively and fluidly using 3 basic strokes–you’ll soon be painting gorgeous color creating your own original Color Bridge painting to take home and enjoy! The design is based upon Dawn’s painting “Mikata: My Ally” from her calligraphic abstract series ‘Color Bridges’ but each painting is a resultRead More

Color Bridges are guaranteed fun

September 27, 2018 Living Aloha, Workshops

I developed Color Bridges as a way to play with and learn about my tools and materials. Whenever I bought a new paint color, brush or paper, I spent time exploring it by painting abstracts and swatches. I also developed an intuitive calligraphic abstracts through meditation upon Japanese kanji and using a harmonic color palette that deliberately uses color to evoke and promote a sense of peace. I painted these for years for myself but in 2012, I shared itRead More

Sharing my love of watercolor with teenagers

A Day at Farrington High School Home of the Governors. I was lucky to be invited to be a guest at Farrington High School yesterday to present my story as a local girl who studied art and lives off my creativity and to give a few lessons on watercolor. I had 80 minutes and three classes in a day. The school has fostered no less than 3 Hawaii State Governors over the years. I prepared about 20 minutes of talkingRead More

Save the Date: IPAP International Paint Out 2018

September 7, 2018

SAVE THE DATE–Let’s paint together!! Save the date–I would like to have a paintout with fellow plein air painters…contact me if you are interested and let’s select a plan a and b site! Contact me if you are interested and if you have a suggestion for a location!

HWS Member Show 2017 at Ho’omaluhia

September 2, 2018

2018 Hawaii Watercolor Society Open Juried Show This was one of 2 pieces juried into the show. My other piece, The Heart of the Matter is an en plein air piece of the Ko’olau viewed from my desk at home.

Teaching watercolor to kupuna

The Joy of Being an Absolute Beginner I started teaching Beginning Watercolor to kupuna (seniors) at Palama Settlement as an expanded program for their senior activities last year. Palama began with ceramics and watercolor, something we have been doing for the keiki (children) for some time now. It was an interesting challenge and I was very excited and curious to see what the interest would be from our kupuna.  I began the first class with 6 students, the second grewRead More

Devaluation of Creative Work?

I appreciate a good bargain like any other person, but this post about ‘more books than I can read in a lifetime’ gave me a feeling of unease instead of elation. The music industry was revolutionized with the easy availability first of CD, then online streaming of content–paid for legitimately or not to the point that global conscience about having to pay for music has devalued it to the point that almost no one I know feels it is aRead More

Chuukese Folk Tales

I started working on this project last year, when a grant was submitted to produce a collection of Chuukese folk tales gathered from the Chuukese community in Honolulu. Palama Settlement, where I volunteer and lead a keiki After School Enrichment watercolor program has been meeting the challenges to support their community over the past century. Hawai’i is a place where many immigrants have landed on these shores, some by choice, some feeling like this was their only choice for aRead More

5/6 Sessions Watercolor Class for Seniors at Palama Settlement

April 18, 2018

Palama Settlement offers classes for active kupuna such as sewing, line dance, hula, ukelele, etc. This spring we are offering clay and watercolor classes too! I will lead a 6 week coursse for beginners in watercolor. All materials are included–paint, brushes, paper, etc. All you have to do is show up and be prepared for fun! Sign up through the office at Palama Settlement, to register for the Spring session, it costs only $25 due to a grant to helpRead More

2 Hr all inclusive Color Bridge workshop

April 12, 2018

Sign up for the event and buy your ticket to reserve your place now. Ever been frustrated by ‘muddy’ watercolor” Wondered why some colors look better next to others? Done a beautiful watercolor painting only to see it dry and fade? Or admired watercolors in a musuem and wondered how they did it? Come for a fun filled and informative 2 hours where you will learn about how to paint in watercolor. Color Bridges(R) are calligraphic abstracts that I paintRead More