April 25th, 2016
Weekly Featured Painting
I love the drama of the ocean. Waves crashing on the beaches or rocks is so mesmerizing to me. Capturing the ebb and flow of the water on canvas is a fun challenge for me. Sometimes I can get lost in watching the ocean waves and sometimes I can get lost in painting them, as I did with this painting. I really enjoyed recreating this moment in time. The ocean is always moving. Part of the challenge for me is to give the viewer the illusion of moving water. For this painting I decided to focus on a small area instead of the whole scene. This way I could concentrate my efforts on the water as it hit the rocks and eases back out. Notice the water flowing down the rocks in the upper left side. This gives the viewer the illusion that there was a much larger wave that hit the rocks just moments before. This week's featured 11x14 oil painting, "Waves On Maui" is available as well as prints in many sizes and a few products, such as tote bags, throw pillows and note cards. One of these will surely work well for your decorating needs. Thank you for taking the time to view my work.
April 18th, 2016
"Rainbow Koi" is a fun, playful and colorful painting and it's my featured painting of the week. These two koi have a Yin and Yang feel to them as they playfully swim around each other. The bright colors will add happiness to any room of your house. This painting is done on watercolor paper with acrylic paints. I started with the background by wetting the paper with water then spattering it with very thin down paint. Once the staged dried I began painting in the Koi. This is one of my favorite techniques to do. It allows me to bring out the playful child in me. The original painting is available as well as prints in many sizes and a few products, such as tote bags, throw pillows and note cards. One of these will surely work well for your decorating needs. Thank you for taking the time to view my work.
April 11th, 2016
For this week's featured painting I decided to post "Southern Pacific Daylight" because this week, tomorrow April 12th, is my dad's birthday. He worked for the Southern Pacific Rail Road many years ago. Read the story below about the creation of this painting.
"I embarked on a journey through the California West Coast to create this beautiful oil painting. I did not actually ride this train, just did a lot of research for my painting. The Southern Pacific Daylight was a passenger train that ran between Los Angeles and San Francisco, California. The Daylight, also known as Daylight Limited, operated from 1937 until 1974 and was one of the few passenger trains retained by Amtrak in 1971. Amtrak merged it with the Coast Starlight in 1974. I created this painting for a special customer of mine who is a huge fan of trains. He has a large collection of model trains and is building a special room for them in his new house here in Maui. Since this is a West Coast California train and I'm a California girl (born and raised), I decided to add a family of jackrabbits. (See lower left side of painting). I also used a reference photo from a good friend of mine for the engineer or conductor, who is waving from the train. Her father had past away a few years ago and it was my way of helping her preserve his memory."
The original painting is not available. This image is available as prints in many sizes and a few products, such as tote bags, throw pillows and note cards. One of these will surely work well for you or your train loving friend.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!
Thank you for taking the time to view my work.
April 4th, 2016
This weeks featured painting is "Guitar Hawaiian Style". I did this painting in honor of my partner in life, Charlie. Who often plays his guitar at night as a way to relax. I enjoy listening to him as I unwind from the day. This painting with acrylics. The background idea came from a piece of fabric we had. Since the music Charlie plays is slack key, Hawaiian style music, I felt it was fitting. The original painting "Guitar Hawaiian style", is available for $550. It's 12 x 22 on stretched canvas. No need for a frame on this one, I painted the sides for that modern look. If a print is more to your liking I have a variety to choose from including metal. This painting is also available on throw pillows, tote bags and greeting cards. This painting is perfect for you music room. It will add a touch of warm tropical music to inspire you. Thank you for taking the time to view my work.
March 21st, 2016
I'm so excited to have been interviewed by Zsolt on The Crazy Mind blog. Please take a moment to click on the link button.
March 18th, 2016
"Spring in Kings Beach" is this weeks featured painting. Since March 20th is the first day of Spring, I thought this painting was the perfect choice. As many of you know, I grew up in Kings Beach. I spent every summer at this beach, it was just two blocks from my house and only three buildings from my families gallery, Lakeside Gallery. The scene here is of a beautiful spring day and is from a reference photo I took while taking a morning walk. The tourists hadn't arrived yet and the lake was full. I would walk along the beach from one end to the other, both morning and evenings. During peek tourist season, my children and I would often go to the beach after dinner and pick up garbage left by the tourists. It always saddened me how much trash people left behind. It showed such great disrespect for our beautiful lake and environment. This painting is sure to brighten any room in your house. It's perfect for your "mountain living" themed decor. The original 16 x 20 painting has sold. Prints are available in a variety of sizes, on paper, canvas and metal. This image is also available on throw pillows, tote bags and of course cards! Thank you for taking the time to view my work.
March 14th, 2016
A good friend of mine, Jim Kingwell, owns a gallery in Lahaina. Last week He asked me to bring in some of my miniatures to showcase in his beautiful display case. Now how could I not say "no"? I gathered 8 miniature paintings and headed down to his gallery the next day. Check out the link posted here to visit his website.
March 4th, 2016
This weeks featured painting is "Who Me?". This is a sweet Hawaiian honu, sea turtle, wanting to share his world with you. Here in Maui Hawaii there are lots of beaches where these gentle creatures come to rest. On land they may be slow but in the ocean they are graceful and powerful. This painting is sure to brighten any room in your house. It's perfect for your "under the sea" themed bathroom or your child's bedroom. The original 8 x 10 acrylic painting is available. Prints are also available in a variety of sizes, on paper, canvas and metal. This image is also available on throw pillows, tote bags and of course cards! Thank you for taking the time to view my work.
February 1st, 2016
It's the Year of the Monkey and I happen to have a great painting to honor all the fun loving monkeys out there. So this week I'm featuring "Year Of The Monkey". This is a 10x10 inch textured painting I did with tissue paper and acrylic. You can see all my Chinese Zodiac paintings in my Chinese Zodiac gallery or click the link button.
Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Monkey thrive on having fun. They're energetic, upbeat, and good at listening but lack self-control. They like being active and stimulated and enjoy pleasing self before pleasing others. They're heart-breakers, not good at long-term relationships. But boy, do they like a good time.
The original painting is not available. Prints are available in a variety of sizes, on paper, canvas and metal. This image is also available on throw pillows, tote bags and of course cards! Thank you for taking the time to view my work.
January 25th, 2016
"Sunset Sail" is an acrylic palette knife painting on Masonite board. There is a lot of texture in this one. The bright yellow sun is the main focus. The complimentary orange clouds add drama to the blue sky and water. Taking a sunset cruise is such a romantic thing to do here on Maui. The sunsets are spectacular. The gentile swells of the ocean and salty sea breezes adds so much to the experience. And if you are lucky ( depending on the time of year ) you might see a whale or two. The original painting is available. Prints are also available in a variety of sizes, on paper, canvas and metal. This image is also available on throw pillows, tote bags and of course cards! Thank you for taking the time to view my work.