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

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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 💚📷✅

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Blue Dancer Macro Photography Series

Had the opportunity to post more successful macro photography pieces on Saatchi Art to sell. Blue Dancer Series of 3 macro photos has been added to my shop in the New Media Category.

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Blue Dancer III

Focusing on my #Adobe365Challenge has made each of my goals within the Adobe programs easier to accomplish. My cookbook is being built in InDesign, one recipe & one lesson at a time. This week I added page numbers and figured out a way to add Japanese with my English UI.

Realized that if one cuts & pastes a shape from the Brightness/Contrast layer there is nothing but air being transferred, oops! #newbieerror

Ooh! And Patterns! Took a nice photograph of octopus arms and placed it in Adobe’s Capture pattern program and had a great time playing with all the different settings! Anyone interested in octopus wallpaper?

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Bright Festive Fruits & Vegetables in Chinatown HNL

Each morning Chinatown and I awaken to bright, festive fruits and vegetables being set out. From rambutan to bananas to kohlrabi to dried mushrooms by the pound! I am a well fed Artist-in-Residence here at Ark of the Unicorns!

 

Peek among the boxes…did you see the kitty behind the durian?

Deep Pink Dragonfruit, not quite ripe persimmons, black or white mysterious (to me) fungi…

Prices here are some of the best in town for fruits and vegets, on this heavily populated island a huge majority of food is imported and crazy expensive. Red Peppers are often $4.99/lb in the grocers, but here in Chinatown they are about $1.79/lb if you don’t mind the misshapen ones.

More than just your servings of fruits and vegetables, Chinatown also has several kitchen and home shops to complete your meals.

Meats available include parrot fish and chicken’s feet:

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Also check out my work and that of others in the Ark of the Unicorns gallery space & artist residency.

Haikyo Photography in Hawaii

The large, Japanese stone lantern lay on the ground in pieces. The derelict tourou wrapped in rotting rope covered in molds, lichen, and mosses reminded me of Haikyo. Urban Explorers whose curiosity leads them to ruins, or Haikyo in Japanese.

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After seeing the abandoned lantern I began to see other bits of ruins, abandoned pieces of culture and buildings around Honolulu. I am greatly appreciating that my time here as Artist in Residence at Ark of the Unicorns in the Chinatown Artists Lofts provides the chance to explore haikyo.

Between the scattered bits of gentrification in Chinatown there is neglected architecture, aged units, and scrawling messages wishing they were grand murals:

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Photographing Chinatown HNL

 

 

My time as Artist-in-Residence at Ark of the Unicorns continues and Honolulu’s Chinatown has been one of the most unique I have visited around the world. There are layers upon layers in the short history of the buildings, a huge mix of peoples not just Chinese, and a stuttering start at gentrification.

These elements all come together to create a character all its own and make for no shortage of photographic opportunities. In today’s entry I’ll post ones that I feel show best with color and next entry will be those I found to be best in black & white.

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Visiting some areas at night, no longer bustling with pedestrians and tourists, shows how much personality even a bus stop can have.

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Playing with various filters in ones photo editing software can bring out various elements one feels at a place or even evoke the delicious smells of dinner being served at a neighborhood restaurant!

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At less than 100 years old, many buildings have packed a lot of history in their short time on Oahu.

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Watch for the next entry on Black and White Photography!

Ceramics Workshop with Magdalene Odundo OBE – Part II

Previous Post: Part I  – with Magdalene Odundo: I am a ceramicist!

More than just a bit of pottery was done during the amazing workshop with Magdalene Odundo. Visits to Iolani Palace, Mission Houses Museum, Pali Lookout, and Bishop Museum happened, also. Plus here’s a look at work others in the workshop created. Clearly they have more experience than I :)

Combining their own style with lessons from Magdalene…I never knew one could create a vessel upside down!

Archery in a gorgeous location at Chozen-Ji Zen Buddhist Temple also provided a few haikyo photography opportunities. The tourou lay on the ground aging like a rotting corpse.

Most of the other artists were much faster than I and completed multiple pieces:

 

We also received a guided tour at Bishop Museum by Marques Hanalei Marzan, Cultural Advisor. He is experienced with the traditional fibers and their uses along with reverse engineering fiber techniques that have been lost to bring them back. With my fiber background I connected with the museum more than I had before in the past:

 

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The Magdalene Odundo Workshop was organized by Hawaii Craftsmen.

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