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.
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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.
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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.
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March 6th, 2017
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.
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March 3rd, 2017
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.
February 20th, 2017
In honor of President's Day I'm featuring these two miniature paintings and offering 10% off when you buy both plus free shipping. This offer is good until Friday, Feb 24th.
Maui Pineapple ( on the left) is 3x4 inches big, $70. Twin Falls is 3x5 inches big, $75. They both come with matching easels. Perfect for any place in your home. They can sit on a window ledge, on a desk or your book shelf. No need to worry about wall space.
January 26th, 2017
I just wrote a blog on my Art E Studio website on how to create a 3D painting using sand and gesso. check it out by clicking on the "Click Here For More Information" button.
January 23rd, 2017
Weekly Featured Painting - Year Of The Rooster
In honor of Chinese New Year, I'll be featuring one of my rooster paintings each week, starting with "Year Of The Rooster". The original painting has sold, however, I have lots of prints available.
In the Chinese Zodiac, the Rooster symbolizes such character traits as confidence, pompousness and motivation. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rooster are loyal, trustworthy individuals who are blunt when it comes to offering their opinions. Their bluntness stems not from being mean but from being honest; a trait which Roosters expect from others. Roosters are extremely sociable and prefer being the center of attention, always bragging about themselves and their accomplishments. They continually seek the unwavering attention of others which can be annoying. Roosters are as proud of their homes as they are of themselves. They're extremely organized individuals as evidenced by the fact that their homes are always neat. starting with "Year Of The Rooster".
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January 9th, 2017
For the second week of 2017, I'm featuring "Copper Bowl". This is a 9x12 mixed media painting on canvas board. The colors are rich and the subject is simple. Giving this painting a feng shui feel. The little bonsai tree is perfectly balanced giving the painting the feeling of calmness and peace.
The technique I used in this painting was done by layering tissue paper onto the canvas with a base color of red acrylic acting as my glue. This creates a wonderful texture. After this layer dries I start to build colors on top of the base using green-gold, unbleached titanium white, yellow ocher, burnt siena and metallic gold and copper. I paint the subject on top of this abstract background. By keeping the subject simple and using the same colors as the background the paintings take on a spiritual effect.
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