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.
- 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.
Happy Sunday. After working months on the last painting I shared (À la côte sud d’ Île Sainte-Marguerite) & another one I haven’t posted yet, I desired to paint something quicker and less detailed. Sometimes doing a “quickie” after or during a longer painting gives new life or energy to the creative process. Granted, it took some hours, but it was done, to my satisfaction, over 2-3 evenings. I primarily painted with a palette knife.
With a dress like that, if you don’t think of Hello, Dolly!, you must not have seen this musical. Note the added business card in her left hand.
In other news, I recently added some new little paintings to the Nature & Animal Art galleries; see whether you can spot them.
Here is another beachy painting for your viewing pleasure. This was commissioned by a couple I know in Florida. 12 x 16″, oil. The lady had a magazine clipping of a painting she liked of a porch of a Floridian house, but the background was a thick palm grove. She thought it would be really neat to have a painting with a similar side view of a house but instead with a path to the beach. Something much brighter and more open, with sky. There were several other little ideas, too. That’s where I came in to play–toss everything together, jumble it around, and make it come out nice.
She named it The Promise. Although you can only see a little bit of the ocean now, the rest is there, waiting to be seen, and it will be glorious.
This time, instead of posting several separate images, I compiled them in one diagram. (Below. Click to enlarge.) I don’t know that making this was faster than editing and posting all the images individually, but it’s compact and won’t take as long to load. Feel free to let me know which you prefer in the comments below (1 image or many) so I can keep it in mind for the next progression.
Happy new year!
A year ago December, I posted a series of photographs showing the progress on a sailboat painting. I’ve got another photo progression for an oil painting I did last month. As before, the lighting and angle change a little because I worked & took the photos at different times of day. The actual size is 24″ x 36″. Please enjoy.
Underpainting and laying in sky color
Developing sky and ocean
Sky and ocean colors set; blocking in plant matter
Adding shadows on the sand + middle ground palm tree
Developing grasses and palm fronds