I have a lot of 5x7 frames at home so decided to do a project of creating some paintings to fit them. Here are the results. Honokohau beach, two Magoon's beach scenes, Magic Sands with all the people enjoying the waves, another Magoon's, the Glassbottom boat parked at Honokohau Harbor, and last, Pahoehoe Park. These are fun little studio paintings done from photos I can finish in one session. I'll have them framed at the Blue Sea Artisans Gallery soon.
Sunday, March 20, 2022
These are basically the same scene, night and day. These two variations were from an exercise in Mitch Albala's new book, "The Landscape Painter's Workshop". The point was to use value, or lightness and darkness, to drive the painting in the top one, and to use color in the second as the main attribute. The top painting is mostly dark values, about 6-9 on a 10 point scale. The colorful version is about 2-6 on the value scale. Which one speaks to you the most? These are both 8 by 8 inches in size.
Sunday, February 27, 2022
Some new work as I have been busy outdoors and in the studio. Top is 11x14 work from beautiful Magoon's Beach, facing south. This an extract from a larger painting I did last year.
Monday, February 7, 2022
Two recent works. Top is 8x10 at Kukio Beach where there is an arch and a keiki (kid's) pond with shallow water. I emphasized the volcanic rock surrounding the pond and put a few waders and snorkelers in. This is the best I've ever done such a mass of rock on the left side. One of our fellow artists liked it so much she bought it to take home.
Monday, January 24, 2022
Been busy painting again. Top is a 12x16 acrylic as I've been working on trying a few different media this year. This is a composite view of sky and beach where I painted beautiful Hapuna Beach and the mountains behind it. The clouds were from another image but work well here.
The two paintings below are from Honokohau Harbor beach. I'm back to the loose and colorful oils I love best. Did both Friday at the plein air group session. Did the top one and then someone opened an unallowed umbrella (it's a national park) and I managed to paint a zoom in of the people and umbrella before the Ranger showed up to get them to remove the umbrella. Both my usual 8x10's and will be at Blue Sea Artisans Gallery soon. I loved the shadows in the water on the first one and feel I captured them well.
Monday, December 20, 2021
Am up to 176 paintings this year, if include my minis at 2x2 to 4x4. Here are few of the latest works. I did a few east side scenes in preparation for the Wailoa Center Plein Air exhibit in February, where I am the juror and will have a room to myself to show work.
Top is a study of the rock formation at Pine Trees beach, in 11x14. I've done this scene before so concentrated on loose brush strokes.
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
I've been late posting lately. Back busy at the gallery doing small paintings for gifts to sell there. The 2x2-4x4 are popular as easy to carry home.
Below are all local 8x10's except the two boats at Keauhou Bay which is 11x14. Top is Pine Trees beach and all the surfers there on a good wave day. The red surfboard is from a Maui photo I've always liked so finally did a painting based on it. We are back in the regular Friday painting sessions so more to come. One of these days I need to sort and get rid of the works I don't like as much.