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From photo to painting

May 30th, 2017

From photo to painting

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.

Suspended In Time

May 23rd, 2017

Suspended In Time

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.

Mothers Day

May 8th, 2017

Mothers Day

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.

Pioneer Inn Lahaina

April 27th, 2017

Pioneer Inn Lahaina



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.

Lahaina Harbor

April 3rd, 2017

Lahaina Harbor

"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.

Reef Dancer

March 27th, 2017

Reef Dancer




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.

Diamond Head

March 20th, 2017

Diamond Head

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.

Thank you for reading my blog and viewing my work. Please share with others.

Sand Crabs

March 13th, 2017

Sand Crabs

"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.

Yin and Yang

March 6th, 2017

Yin and Yang

Yin and Yang is a 16 x 20 acrylic painting on canvas. There are two hidden images under these koi fish. This painting started out as an abstract of a couple tango dancing. Then it became a bright red dress, flowing across the canvas. When I covered the last image with the dark reddish brown I got the feeling of fish swimming. That's how Yin and Yang came to be. Sometimes it's just not worth fighting a painting that isn't working out as planed. Painting over a painting has long been practiced by most oil and acrylic painters for centuries. The practice of painting over old paintings is as old as stretched canvases. Even some of the Great Masters have been discovered to have old paintings underneath famous works, thanks to X-ray conservation techniques. There are many reasons to paint over old works, including disillusion with the old image (that was my reason), budget constraints, lack of sales or storage space.

The picture shown here is just one way you can frame this print. Go to the link provided and play around with you own framing ideas.

Thank you for viewing my art.

Interview

March 3rd, 2017

Interview

I had the opportunity to be interviewed by NY Clady for her "Be in the NYC Know" blog. She made the process easy and had great questions for me. Please take a moment to read the interview and leave a comment. Both NY and I would really appreciate your support. Thank you.

 

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