January 7th, 2018
The last couple of months have been very busy. Packed full of creating new art and teaching lots of classes, and a ten day trip to California for Christmas. So when we have an opportunity to have a lazy day we take advantage of it. That is after all the house hold chores are done.
We headed down to Lahaina to Barns & Nobles to purchase a birthday gift for a grandchild and ended up spending a few hours checking out books. Starting with the kids section in the back of the store, working our way to the front.
I can never go into Barns & Nobles without checking the art book section. First because I’m always looking for books with new art techniques I might want to try, and two, to see if they still have copies of my book “The Art of Painting in Acrylic”. I can’t help but get that feeling of excitement every time I see it sitting on the shelf, even when there is only one copy left.
July 31st, 2017
And the “ALL Animals” Competition Winners Are!
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~Anatole France
For the 2017 ALL Animals art competition, Contemporary Art Gallery Online received entries for: paintings, photography & digital art, mixed media and three dimensional categories. The entrants were allowed to show their best art regardless of their training, experience or medium. The “ALL Animals” winners were announced July 3, 2017 and are listed below.
In the Paintings category:
Best in Show went to, Sharen-Lee McLachlan for “Sabu” Judges Choice went to, Eve Izzett for “Cockatoo”
Gallery Choice went to, Ashley Herrera for “Climbing Jaguar” First Place: Jerry Gadd for “Blue Wing Teal”
Second Place: Crista Bromley for “Striper”
Third Place: Dr. Jessie Hummel for “White Peacock”
Fourth Place: Wayne Chunat for “Flee the Fires”
Fifth Place: Darice Machel McGuire for “Home of the Honu”
In the Photography and Digital Art category:
Best in Show went to, Nancy Pallowick for “Flamingo Reflection”
Judges Choice went to Sheri Emerson for “Charge!”
Gallery Choice went to Mitchell Speert for “Wave”
First Place: Margaret Rainey for “Highlander”
Second Place: Kalen Sheng Fu for “A Sheltered Life #2”
Third Place: Matt Bradley for “Ride”
Fourth Place: Nicholas Teetelli for “Forlorn’
Fifth Place: Brittany Kelley for “Portrait of an Eagle”
And Marcia Berg Haskell for “Llama Resting,” and Jessica Manelis for “Bubba,” were recognized with an Honorable Recognition.
In the Three Dimensional and Mixed Media category: First Place: Sean Sullivan for “Blue Swallow”
Second Place: Kiz McGrath for “Ava”
Third Place: Joseph Bellofatto for “Bird of Prey”
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May 30th, 2017
My newest "Honu" painting is done but not yet uploaded to my website. This 10x10 acrylic painting will have prints available soon.
I wrote a blog about how I came up with this design. You may find it interesting to read. Just click on the link I've provided. Let me know what you think.
May 23rd, 2017
Imagine surfing a wave on Maui and riding through the curl. This is what you would see. The sky and Moloka'i off in the distance, clouds dotting the sky. "Suspended In Time" captures a moment just before the wave crashes. Water droplets are beginning to form as it descends back into the ocean.
I created this painting in acrylic on an 11x14 canvas. Creating the motion and texture of the water was challenging and fun. I plan on doing a few more of these soon.
May 8th, 2017
Since mother's Day is coming up I decided to feature 15 of my floral paintings. Each one of these paintings would make a lovely Mother's day gift. I have prints available in many sixes and various products that are sure to please any mom.
April 27th, 2017
Lahaina Maui is full of old historic buildings. The Pioneer Inn was built in 1901by an Englishman named George Freeland. He came to Hawaii as a Royal Canadian Mountie with instructions to "get his man". The venture failed and in order to avoid embarrassment back home in Vancouver, he decided to make Hawaii his new home. The Inn is located right across the street from the Banyan Tree Part. Through the years the Plantation style building was expanded and it now has souvenir shops, both in doors and out.
In the scene that I painted you see a man eating an ice cream cone, carrying a small shopping bag. A local man on his bike with his parrot sitting on the handles. A mother and child watching the colorful parrots under the umbrellas and a man watching the activity from the top floor of the Inn. The sun is setting giving the clouds a soft pink glow. It's also shining on the roof top and the top of the bushes. Life is busy on Front Street in Lahaina at all times of the day. This particular day I was sitting across the street from the Pioneer Inn listening to a Hawaiian concert at the Baldwin House Museum. I noticed the warm light from the sunset hitting the Inn. I took quite a few pictures capturing the moment, knowing I was going to paint that scene.
April 3rd, 2017
"Lahaina Harbor" is the "Lahaina Arts Society Award" winner for the 25th Annual Lahaina Poster Contest. This is a 16x20 oil painting and is the first painting in my Harbor series.
The Lahaina Harbor is a beautiful subject to paint. There are so many textures and colors to capture. Such as the cloudy sky, reflections in the water, the beautiful west Maui mountains, palm and coconut trees, the boats and the old Court House (the building on the left). The small structures along the wharf are fishing booths and tour guide booths.
I often walk down to the harbor to take pictures of the boats and the activity going on around it. Sometimes I'm lucky to see the "catch of the day" as fishermen return from their day's work. Other times there are lines of people waiting to go out on whale watching tours. There is definietly no shortage of activity around the harbor. Just to the right of this scene is a nice little beach where people go to learn how to surf.
For this painting I decided to use a Cadmium light red underpainting. The underpainting gives the clouds their peachy pink glow and is visible through out the entire painting. Giving it a uniform color balance. For the water I used very thin transparent paint. All in all this was a fun challenge for me. I really enjoyed the process.
Thank you for reading my blog. Come back often to read about new paintings, past paintings and life on Maui.
March 27th, 2017
Lahaina Harbor is located in downtown Lahaina off of Front Street behind the banyan and in front of the Pioneer Inn. This is my favorite harbor on Maui. I love spending time there photographing the boats and watching people. There are lots of ocean adventures for locals and visitors alike with some of the best sportfishing, sailing, diving and whale watching in the world. Pretty nice sunsets too! The yellow submarine featured in my painting is Reef Dancer. This is a glass bottom sub that keeps to the shallow reefs for the best viewing of marine life.
I was very excited to get great reference photos for my painting. The Reef Dancer was moored, waiting to take a group out to view the reef. Very few boats were in the harbor at the time I was photographing. This painting has the Pioneer Inn and the Lahaina Lighthouse. I'm working on one now that looks out towards Lanai. When finished, I plan to do one with the Courthouse in it.
Thank you for reading my blog and for viewing and sharing my work.
March 20th, 2017
Diamond Head is the most famous volcanic crater in the world. It's located on the South-east Coast of O'ahu at the end of Waikiki overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It was originally named Laeahi by the ancient Hawaiians. The name meant "brow of the tuna" and looking at the silhouette of the crater from Waikiki, you can see the resemblance. The current name came was given to the crater by British sailors in the 1800's. When they first saw the crater at a great distance, the calcite crystals in the lava rock appeared to glimmer in the sunlight. The sailors mistakenly thought there must be diamonds in the soil. Diamond Head is a crater that has been extinct for 150,000 years. The crater is 3,520 feet in diameter with a 760-foot summit.
I started my painting out with an underpainting of lavender. I choose this color in order to keep the painting balanced in the cool tones. My favorite part to paint was the Diamond Head cone.
My painting of Diamond Head is an oil on a 16x20 box canvas. There is no need to frame this one unless you want to. I have a variety of prints available and various products with this image on them.
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March 13th, 2017
"Sand Crabs" is an 11x14 acrylic painting on canvas board. It has couple of my favorite painting techniques in it. They are spattering to create sand, and building layers to create the ocean and sea foam.
Since moving to Maui, I have painted a lot of beaches and ocean scenes. This close up detailed painting needed a little life in it so I added five little sand crabs. One of them is just coming out of his hole, all you can see is two tiny legs.
Contact me to buy the original.