First Painting of 2020

Happy New Year! I hope you are off to an inspired start to 2020. I’ve been playing around with watercolors recently. It has been a while since I painted with them regularly, so I’m brushing up (pun intended).

I began this piece to experiment with techniques and water/pigment ratios in preparation for some upcoming projects, not to create a new, finished painting, but in the end it appeared to have enough going for it to stand alone. It is called Cosmic Brush.

Here’s to another year (and decade) of art adventures.

Merry Christmas (2019)

Merry Christmas, everyone! Hard to believe there are just 10 days to go. (To the Peanuts/Schroeder fans out there, only 1 more day until Beethoven’s birthday.)

The painting shared today is not particularly Christmassy, but one could say the red is kind of festive. Nothing fancy about this piece. Just a quick one for fun and economy–another one of those that started because I wanted to use up remaining paint from another project. When I used up what was left on the palette, I didn’t yet think this painting was “done,” so I did the unorthodox and squirted some paint from the tube right onto the canvas board. Tally ho, palette knife!

The shape of the lighthouse reminds me the faintest little bit of Kilauea light on Kaua’i, which I visited in September; however, it was not intentionally painted to look like any particular lighthouse.

Now the oil paints will hibernate for the winter, and I will use less odorous media until I can open windows & doors for a cross-breeze that doesn’t affect the cost of heating. 🙂

May the Christ light your days this holiday season &  your way in the new year.

“God created great whales”…

… And I painted one. 

The word “serene” kept coming to me during the creation of this painting.  I started this with the remaining pigments on my palette after completing the Honu painting featured two posts ago. (Link goes to the post.) This painting is quite a bit larger than that one: 24″ x 30″. I had planned to hang it in my office at work, but a buyer came along before that happened. 🙂 I can always painting another one (or two or three if there are any interested parties out there).

Hope you enjoyed this little whale-watching trip. ‘Til next time.

Cutie Fruity Halloween

Happy Halloween from my art studio and my fridge.

Secret ingredients: Clementines & a black permanent marker.

  • Back row (L to R): Cute jack-o’-lantern, sitting cat, pumpkin, grinning jack-o’-lantern
  • Middle row: Standing cat, turtle, stars & moon, mouse & cheese, witch & cauldron
  • Front row: bats, pirate jack-o’-lantern, treasure map, baby-tooth jack-o’-lantern

One thing is certain: it’s significantly cleaner than pumpkin carving!

Paintings from Paradise

Alooooooha! Two and a half weeks ago, I returned from my first visit to the Hawaiian Islands–Kaua’i and Hawai’i (the Big Island), plus a day on Oahu. The different environments, animals, and a number of the local art galleries, inspired some fun, artistic exploration once I got back to the mainland. That’s what I’m sharing today. 

  1. Some pen doodles inspired by some of the simple graphic designs on National Park pins. My traveling party saw green sea turtles (honu in Hawaiian) on two occasions: once at Punalu’u, a black sand beach, & again at Kaloko-Honokohau, a National Historic Park.

 

2. Ginger plant (acrylic, 8 x 10″). The ginger blooms in several different colors — red, white, yellow, & pink. The pinks & reds were quite striking against the green foliage of the rainforests.  

3. Painting of a honu resting (oil, 9″ x 6.5″). This was painted more like a watercolor would be (in terms of layers & values). First I painted the yellow across the whole hardboard (such that it started off looking like a background color), and then the blues on top of that, preserving the lights. Many of the greens were actually mixed right on the surface when the blue & yellow paint met. 

Mahalo nui loa for reading.