Draw with Us – w/ Linda Gavin in Tokyo

My friend invited me to a fun and unusual occasion last night – an opportunity to draw with Linda Gavin (@jusum). She is a graphic artist living in Berlin, and is the designer of the original Twitter logotype.

Draw with us” is a weekly drawing get-together Linda has been organizing in Berlin for about a year. She said she started it to encourage digital designers (and people in other design fields) to explore their creativity more freely using non-digital medium.

During her mini presentation, she said having creative habits/projects outside of our work can bring unexpected expansion to a different creative field.

“Rainy season” and “tree in action” were our drawing themes for last night. I only used blue pencil, but everyone’s style was different, with colored pencils, watercolor, pens, and pastels. I thought it was really nice we could complete 2 drawings each; that clearly displayed each person’s style.

I used to draw/paint a lot in schools (I have a BFA) – this was a great exercise that made me remember how fun it is to draw freely.

Voyage Group’s OASIS library was a really nice venue for the event, too 🙂

Half Marathon, Hot Spring & Art Museum

I finished my first half marathon yesterday in Echigo-Yuzawa, Niigata. It took me almost 1.5 year since I started running last year. This time I just quit worrying too much about fitting the race into schedule (training, travel, etc) and entered this race.

Kids race before the marathon.

Turned out it was a good idea. True, I can’t say I was 100% ready but at least I now know how it feels to do this.

I took it easy and made sure to keep my own pace. The experience wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be – as far as I can tell right now 🙂 Continue reading “Half Marathon, Hot Spring & Art Museum”

More Art Fairs in SE Michigan

Just a reminder for myself.
I made up a list of this summer’s art fairs around where I live.
I might add more later…