#ColorBridges

Straddling Worlds

Many of you know I work in a variety of media, but watercolor is my passion. There is nothing else like it that responds so eloquently and honestly and lets light pass through the pigments and bounce back! Using my multicultural perspective, I listen for, and connect on an emotional level with mo’olelo (stories) of other times. These stories become paintings and projects that give gentle encouragement for alternate stories to be heard. Just as I switch between two homes,Read More

Color Bridges

I got some positive feedback when I got to present my Color Bridges at the Community Main Stage at last year’s Honolulu Biennial and it gave me encouragement to continue to follow my instincts on not only creating them but also sharing them both as finished works of art and as a method to learn to use color. Color Bridges are my calligraphic abstracts I paint using harmonic color to express a prayer to the beholder. There is joy inRead More

Premiere of HIonART TV program July 20 CH11 at 11pm

July 20, 2019

A new tv program produced by former Hawaii State Senator and arts advocate Wil Espero will premiere on Saturday July 20, 2019 on Oceanic Cable Channel 11@11pm. It is a weekly program that will focus on local Hawai’i artists of all media and practices in various stages of their career. The program seeks to present and bring visibility to the artists working in the islands and to showcase the wide array of talent and issues being tackled by these creatorsRead More

Premiere of HI on art

A new tv program ”HI on art”produced by former Hawaii State Senator and arts advocate Wil Espero will premiere on Saturday July 20, 2019 on Oceanic Cable Channel 11@11pm. It is a weekly program that will focus on local Hawai’i artists of all media and practices in various stages of their career. The program seeks to bring visibility to artists working in the islands and to showcase the wide array of talent and issues being tackled by these creators andRead More

Color Bridges Workshop at the HUB

ON April 21, 2019 I ran a interactive session to present my Color Bridges theory of harmonic color and how it can be created and used to enhance or lift our moods and environment. It was part of the public programming of the HUB, one of 10 locations around the city for installations. I’ve been making Color Bridges for some time now. I realise many don’t really understand my fascination with them—making them, sharing them, etc. But I take comfortRead More

Honolulu Biennial Artist Talk Hosted at The Hub

March 11, 2019

The Association of Hawaii Artists (AHA) presents Wahi Pana: Sense of Place Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place will expand the eyes of kama’aina, kanaka ma’oli and malihini alike as they rediscover familiar locales through different eyes, learn new history, and nourish a sense of curiosity and respect for places not yet seen. Facilitated by Kamaka Pili, kanaka ma’oli, Aloha Authentic talk show host, KHON2 reporter. Speakers: ‘Uncle Joe’ kanaka ma’oli from Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association, Kimberly Howsley President ofRead More

Artists love other artists

I believe artists love other artists, and we always hope, always rejoice, when other artists move forward. I believe my special gift to share has to do with helping others understand that even when we feel alone, we are never truly alone and exercising our creativity in making art, enjoying beautiful art made by others, making things, enjoying handmade things by a skillful craftsman keeps us connected. Then we can embrace solitude and not run from it, relax and enjoyRead More

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