Monday, December 21, 2020


 Taking advantage of higher surf lately. Top is a 16x20 studio painting of a large wave. It's a little more realistic than my usual but I feel I captured the splash well. 

Below are two 8x10's painted outdoors. I have painted the Kahaluu hut several times but this time caught the splash of the surf. The bottom is view from Kona Inn on another wavy day where I had a nice shadow cast on the ocean foreground. 


Monday, November 30, 2020

Lanscape plus skyscape

 Painting at Magoon's beach and did a colorful scene with tourists and shadows. This is one of my favorite places to paint as offers views in many directions. This is a normal outdoor 8x10 with very tiny people. 

Below is a sky study, early in sunset. I plan to do some more sunsets as saved so many images of these here. This is 16x20 and reminds me of bright Monet water lily paintings. 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Water and waves

 More beach paintings. Have stuck to my regular 8x10's for a while as these get more space in the gallery. Top one is a Pahoehoe Park view close to home, with a condo development in the background. Below is Pine Trees beach, north of town. Lots of rocks and waves.  


Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Kaloko Ponds Waves

 Outdoor painting continues. Top is an 8x10 of the rocks and waves at Kaloko Ponds, north Kona. There is a fish pond to the right of this scene. Below is a busy Kua Bay beach as some tourists are returning after they are pre-tested before departure.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Startup after another break

 We had a few weeks off outdoor painting due to the virus  closures at our beaches. Now back into the swing of things. Always takes a few sessions to get sharp again. 

We painted at Honl's beach so I went across the street and did the beach from across the street. This is an 8x10. Then I did a 6x8 at home of the view from the same side of the street but where there is no shade to paint in the morning. Last is an 8x10 at Honokohau Harbor beach with four palm trees.   


Saturday, August 29, 2020

Panoramic and another

Still outside on Fridays painting with the art group, but distanced and masked during our critiques. Gallery will be closing for September due to increasing virus cases on our island. 

Top one is from Kukio Beach and a patron who had met me at the BSA gallery and owned another of my works, purchased this one "off the beach." It's now varnished and ready to deliver. This is usual outdoor 8x10.

Below that is a 9x24 panoramic canvas, last of four I stretched a while ago. It is a wide angle view of Hookena Beach. As someone mentioned, you got a lot in there. Beach, clouds, ocean, shore, people, boats..... Really shows the activity of our Hawaiian beaches.   


Saturday, August 8, 2020


 A new Friday painting from Keauhou Bay. I do this location often so went to the south side and painted the north side of the bay, and the point of the bay with palm trees. There is a home there, wow, what a location. I have one more of these panoramic canvases stretched. This one is 9x25 inches. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Working on greens

I've introduced a couple of greens into my palette to allow even greater variety as opposed to mixing all my greens from blue and yellow. Even with two yellows, and two blues, I found some greens missing. I now added permanent green light and permanent green (viridian). 

This painting is 8x10 from Pahoehoe Park along Ali'i Drive. I like the new greens in the foliage at the top right and palm like bush at the bottom. The water has a good variety of greens now too. The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement! Keep learning, keep painting. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Kahaluu South

One of our favorite painting spots, Kahaluu Beach. This is an avid snorkling spot although without tourists it's very quiet. Tours would usually bring tourists here so made it very busy. Now our group of about 16 painters was the majority. I painted this view south from the side of the small church at the north end of the bay. Had done a small work from here earlier, a 4x16 and now did a 9x26 to keep the panoramic look. This is three times the square area of my usual 8x10 so took a solid three hours to get it looking good plus touchups at home. I like painting larger on site but takes the first two hours of blocking in to get it looking like anything and finally the third hour it starts to come together. 

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Two 8x10's outdoors

Regular painting again, with about a dozen painters outside. We are now doing critiques again although not standing too close and some wearing masks. Outdoor exposure to the virus is minimal and we have had no new cases on the Big Island in almost two weeks. So  far so good.

The top painting shows our beaches open again and folks enjoying the water, although no large gatherings. This is Pines Trees just north of Kona.

Below is Honl's Beach right in town.There were nice waves so I put in a few surfers. I only had a large brush but they came out OK even at the tiny size. 

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Back outdoors

Our outdoor painting was suspended since March due to the coronvirus restrictions. We've been meeting outdoors again, minus our group critique sessions. Top is an 8x10 of the clouds above Kona from Old Airport Park. 

Below is the Keiki Pond at the Energy Lab beach and is 9x22. Strong waves that day. 


Saturday, April 25, 2020

Still Indoors mainly

Our art group is not meeting for the duration of the virus so indoor projects mainly. I had some surfer references so did some drawings and small paintings to try these out. Need to make the paintings larger as with 6x6 and 5x7 boards the figures end up 1/2 to 1 inch size. Don't want to take out a magnifying glass to paint. Here is a page of drawings in sharpie marker. Then the  three first attempts at waves and surfers. The top one I like the surfer the best.

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.