July 2018 Art Byte Adventures!

We've been busy here the last couple of months and now it's show time for many of us this before the big summer holiday in August. Grab your calendar, analog or digital or both, and let's mark when you can visit the following shows: Monday, July 9: (TONIGHT!) Canvas Talks organized by Nick West: https://www.facebook.com/events/479794202442901/?ti=icl Wednesday, July 11 - 16 Ruri Clarkson at Hikarie: http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2018/06/24/traditional-japanese-motifs-playfully-repurposed-by-ruri-clarkson/ Friday, July 13 - 23 @ Launch Pad Gallery in Yokohama, includes work by Arthur J Huang: https://www.facebook.com/events/244563946139397/?ti=icl Monday, July 16 - 22 Setagaya Art Museum's Taiji Memorial Gallery: https://www.setagayaartmuseum.or.jp/en/annex/kiyokawa/ July 1 - 31 Lori Ono's Snowfences photography in Jiyugaoka: https://studiodeanna.com/2018/07/07/cool-off-this-month-with-wintery-snowfences-by-lori-ono HIGHLY RECOMMEND: August 9 - 12 Japanese Woodblock Printmaking, 4-day intensive course! Taught in English by our own Louise Rouse: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intensive-4-day-japanese-woodblock-course-in-tokyo-tickets-47144313912

Cool off this month with wintery Snowfences by Lori Ono

As you are zipping around the city this sweltering summer month, cool off in Jiyugakoa's unique Neighborhood & Coffee Starbucks location. For the month of July, Lori Ono's wintery image series, Snowfences, will be on display for you to enjoy. Snowfences is a series of photographs taken during a cold, snowy day in Idaho/Montana area of the US. Lori Ono is a Canadian author, illustrator, and photographer currently living in Tokyo. Definitely, stop by to see her work. Not in Tokyo this month? Check out her online shop to see her work and order your own Snowfences imagery. See additional work by Lori Ono: Instagram @loriono_thespendypencil Follow my day-to-day art adventures: Instagram @studiodeanna or twitter: studiodeanna

Caran d’Arche Boutique in Ginza, Tokyo

What a beautiful shop! The Caran d'Arche Boutique in Ginza, Tokyo has bright new art supplies, all perfectly organized, I had to go! My skills at using these kinds of supplies is still quite new but a friend sat at the materials testing bar and soaked it all in. Watch the short video of her adorable test piece. The shop is a quiet, happy spot amongst the crowded hustle on the Ginza streets. Enjoy the visuals: [wpvideo xssulgs0 ] I'm still playing at finding the correct NeoColor Aquarelle crayon to water balance with the (7) colors I have at home: Follow my day-to-day art adventures on Instagram: StudioDeanna

An Artist’s Day in Tokyo

Spent Saturday running around Tokyo with another artist friend, Spendy Pencil! We had specific errands to complete but enough time for fun inbetween despite not meeting in Harajuku until 3:30 in the afternoon. Out for a big part of the day and this is the only photo I took!! Love the perpective lines along with the blue/yellow/grey color combination. I have continued to take macrophotos of my artwork and have a backlog of photos I'd like to see printed up. Spendy Pencil has two shows coming up soon so we started at Pictorico photo shop where we had discovered the perfect papers for each of our completely different styles of photography. We placed our orders and headed out to dinner. Well, my dinner and her lunchtime, LOL!! A meal of papaya salad, Tom Yum soup, and Thai Iced Tea in Omotesando and we walked on to our next stop. Sekaido is a 6-floor Mecca for art supplies and a great place to run into other art friends on their own art adventures around the city. It's also a good place to find frames needed for artwork of any size. Spendy Pencil placed a special order to be completed in 90 minutes and we were off to Clouds Art + Coffee. Our friend Erica was having a reception for her solo show in Koenji and her amazing illustration work again drew a big crowd that spilled out into the street. Congrats to her!!! I picked up a patch from an image which she drew and her partner, Shishunori, created the embroidered patch. I needed something to make my favorite Uniqlo hoody unique. Stitched it on this morning, chose not to iron it as I'll probably want to change it to another clothing item in the future. Back to Sekaido to pick up Spendy Pencil's frames and then back home. Spendy Pencil messaged that our art adventures came to almost 13,000 steps, 10 kilometers (6 miles) Zipping on/off trains, inumerable stairs, and a great Saturday with friends!! Start your own Tokyo art adventures at Clouds Art + Coffee's upcoming exhibition all based around the color Green which includes @loriono_thespendypencil 💚📷✅ Follow more adventures (when I remember to take photos) on Instagram: StudioDeanna

Embroidery Designing

Embroidered (3) different colorways of an octopus design to decide which I prefer and found I love each equally so! [gallery type="circle" ids="76367,76366,76365" orderby="rand"] As I decide my future plans for these flower holding octopuses, I finished another piece for a completely different series in which I am working. It's a portrait of my fibroid; originally a photo from the surgery which I photo edited and then had printed onto fabric. Finally, I French Knotted DMC 115 into 8cm of "Bloody Mess." Follow my day-to-day adventures on Instagram: Studio Deanna

Sketchbook Start

Broke open my new Midori Diary Sketchbook w/Storyboard sections on each page. Jumped right in with watercolor experiments from my friend Lori's Art Cart of Awesome! 1. Kuretake Watercolor Pens: 2. Caran d'Arche - Watercolor Crayons 3. Watercolor Pencils I preferred the watercolor crayons as they are small, portable, and had better solubility than the pencils. The pens gave gorgeous intense color but will be more difficult to carry around. [gallery type="circle" ids="76313,76314,76315"] From page 1 I have had trouble staying within the lines :) Using my Koh-I-Noor Progresso colored pencils next, I'm laying down preferred color schemes for pieces rough drafted in crocheted cotton and are being crocheted in colored copper wire for the final larger scale artwork: Follow my day to day art adventures on Instagram: Studio Deanna

That New Notebook Feeling

My friends and I felt the strong pull from the sketchbook corner at the Ikebukuro Tokyou Hands and found ourselves caught. Here I was introduced to Midori Diary Paper, designed and made here in Japan. Comes in such a lovely cream color and they are bound in such a way as allow each page to open flat. So many choices in page organization, different sizes with lines vs grids vs blank pages with infinite possiblities. Such a simple, personable packaging label. Nice handwriting in Japanese & English. And a nameplate sticker. ^ It came with a glassine book cover which I know I'll tear immediately upon use, so I've returned it to its original bag and when I'm done I'll add it back on. ^ Of all the Midori page designs I chose the Storyboard option. 8 fun little sections per page, "16 boxes per spread. Good for mapping out presentations or developing an idea progression." Or maybe I'll do some little sketches...or ?? For now, it looks too nice to mark up :) Until then, follow my day to day art adventures on Instagram: Studio Deanna