Monday, March 30, 2020

Social Distancing

Hunkered down at home due to coronavirus with only grocery store visits allowed. Also we can walk and workout on our own and despite parks being closed, smaller beaches are OK for a quick swim. Every other part of everyday life is postponed. So, no outdoor painting group and have to work on other projects.

Top image is last outdoor session at Keauhou Bay. This is 8x10. 

I worked on 11 small 3x3 and 4x4 paintings for when the gallery opens again as these have been popular sellers at times. They are based on other larger paintings.

Another project I'm working on is paintings for some wooden screens I found at a garage sale. This one is four 8x10 panels across. I'm looking for a sunset palm tree effect. I have two more panels with 5 sections to figure out what to do with. 


Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Going bigger outdoors

Started a 16x22 outdoors with a new 3 legged easel that attaches to the stretched canvas. Of course, the first thing I painted I wasn't satisfied with so I painted over it in the studio after scraping much of it off. Next time tried a more reasonable size of 11x14 and came out better the first try. Painting four times as large as usual requires some adjustments that I need to do.

Above is the 16x22, now a Captain Cook area scene. 

Below that is the 11x14 at Old Airport where I did my third "cloud scene". Some days the clouds are superb so I just do the sky and ocean and rocks in the foreground.  

Friday, January 31, 2020

Catching up for 2020

Working on a gallery project so need to catch up on images painted recently. All are 8x10 of local scenes. Top is energy lab beach, with a view of the high tide keiki, or kids pond, with plenty of people enjoying the weather and water.  

Next is old airport park, with swimmers and a paddler.

Kahaluu Beach is close to my home and a favorite spot to paint as has views in all directions. This is uphill or mauka from the beach. 

The clear skies lately have shown Maui in the distance often so I included this in the background from Magoon's beach along with the big waves this day.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Latest landscape plus interesting "frame"

We painted at Kua Bay, north of Kona, and waves were really breaking.There is a lifeguard there now but too scary for me to go in the water. Painted quickly and then had sand blow  over the painting as I waited for our normal critique session. Using water soluble oils let me clean it up and touch it up over the weekend.

Below are five 8x10 paintings contained in one "frame." I came upon a three part trifold screen at a garage sale and took it apart into three sections that can each hold the five paintings. I'm thinking about doing a true five-tych with the same scene extended over all five but for now framed some recent landscapes to try it out. Entire frame is just over five feed across and about 12 inches tall. 

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Going Bigger

I have been doing mainly 8x10 this year as have a market for those at the Blue Sea Artisans Gallery in Keauhou, both framed and unframed. There is a plein air Hawaii show coming up early next year in Hilo so I primed a few 11x14 boards where I have some nice frames so I can enter these into the show. It is juried so you never know what will be selected. 

Below is the 11x14 I painted Friday at Hookena Beach. I had a smaller one of a similar view that sold to thought I'd try a larger one now. The cliff alongside the beach is dramatic and putting in a few figures and umbrellas helps show the scale. 


Sunday, November 17, 2019

Local Scenes

Nice weather out painting on Fridays with the Plein Air Group. Top is the Energy Lab beach with a great backdrop of Mauna Loa in the background. Ever since the volcano stopped erupting last year, the air has been clear and the mountain's lower slopes are now in the background almost every day. I really loaded up the texture in the foreground too. 

This scene is from Honl's Beach just south of downtown Kona. Although I've painted this many times I always enjoy coming back. Now that I'm selling some of these scenes at the Blue Sea Artisans gallery, I realize it's OK to paint similar ones as the old ones are now hanging in someone's home. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

September work

Here are a few landscapes painted in September. We've had weird weather with rainy afternoons almost every day but mornings when we paint have stayed nicer and mainly sunny. 

These are all 8x10's. Top is Celebrity Solstice cruiseship in Kona Bay. Our weekly ship is on Wednesdays, but there are others at times and I've painted them when we are out on Fridays and a ship is visible. It was a little cloudy to start but sun came out later. This one is muted slightly to reflect the cloudier day.  

The next two works are from Magoon's beach, or Kekaha Kai park. Top is a closeup view of the more distant view below. 

Last is a view looking straight out from the shore into Keahou Bay.