Sunday, March 29, 2015

Art Maui

I'm elated and honored to have been juried into Art Maui by juror David Ulrich!  I'm thrilled and humbled to be included with all of the other totally outstanding artists represented!  Thank you Mr. Ulrich!

My piece is a Banyan drawing done in Platinum, Silver, Gold and Copper metals on specially prepared illustration board.  Above is just a small section.  I'll post the whole drawing the weekend of the opening.

If you're on Maui please join us for the reception from 2 - 4:30 on April 4th at the Schaefer International Gallery of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.  The exhibition will be hanging until May 2nd and the gallery is open daily from 10 - 5.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Pi'iholo Field

A beautiful hot hazy evening on Pi'iholo Road. So very welcome after all the rain we've had.   Met some wonderful people passing by as I was painting.  Fun!...

6 x 8, oil on Raymar panel.  Plein air and alla prima.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Limited Palette Explorations

During spring break with my Pineapples (aka kids) I've used some of my more limited time to explore some of the color relationships of my limited palette.  Here I'm looking at some of the differences in mixtures between Phthalo Blue and Ultramarine Blue and thinking about the light in the landscape here on Maui.

I Love Love working with a limited palette.  Each location,  time of day and what kind of poetry you're creating can help determine which limited palette to choose.  

So the next time I'm out to start a fresh painting my intention will be to use Phthalo Blue, Cad Yellow Pale and either - not both - Cad red light or Quinacridone Magenta - depending on my mood and the light -

Would Love to hear about your favorite limited palette -

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ho'okipa in the Rain

Busy brushes gather no moss...  Ho'okipa in the rain a couple of weeks ago.  Two of us Maui Plein Air painters met under the pavilions at Ho'okipa.  It was cold and windy, but so beautiful!  It was incredible that the water was still so colorful and luminous on such a gray day.

I met two of the most wonderful women - A lovely lady from Germany who recommended some books to me and another amazing woman who trains puppies to be service dogs.  We have a plan to get Hannah involved with the program for a future service dog.  There are no accidents...

Oh - this is 10 x 10, plain air and alla prima, oil on canvas on panel.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Holomua Tree Tunnel

"Holomua Tree Tunnel" - My entry at the Hui No'eau 10 x 10 Exhibit. It received "Honorable Mention" by juror Gabrielle Anderman whose expressionist, poignant and beautiful work is so very different from my own! Thank you Gabrielle!!!

It's such a thrill - inexpressible really  - to be included with all of the other artists - The works were Really outstanding - Gorgeous!  I'm surprised and humbled to have honorable mention attached to my painting -

This is plein air  - painted in two mornings at the bottom of Holomua Road.  Ho'okipa is just around the corner to the right.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Plein Air Evening

There were a whole row of us lined up across the lawn of a beautiful home on Baldwin Ave.  It was so much fun to meet so many artists, chat, compare equipment etc.  - And what a gorgeous evening!  We had to paint sooo fast - the scene was different about every 30 seconds - but - wow - fun fun fun!

Does Not get any better than that - somebody pinch me...   :)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

View From Olinda

I did this a couple of weeks ago as part of a workshop experience.  It was a partly cloudy, very "voggy" day - great for an atmospheric view.

It's been really cold and rainy here for - well - it seems like weeks!  Brrrrrrr......  I've collected about half of the materials I need to make a stand to do some indoor still lifes.  The incandescent  lights will be warm!  So I hope to get that together to work out of the weather this week and perhaps do some copying.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hui Steps

Painted on the grounds of the Hui No'eau in Makawao.  While this is plein air, it is not "alla prima".  I often go back two or three times to finish a plein air painting.  It certainly doesn't always work out, but it's so much better for me to work from life than to try and figure it out from photos.  And it doesn't get any better than painting outside on Maui!

I do sometimes work from photos, but working from Life is the very best!

Another thing to consider:  I was reading recently that sitting for long periods of time can be just as deleterious to ones health as smoking.  Even if you get up and move around periodically your incidence of cancer and heart issues goes up.  All the more reason to haul the paint equipment into the field and stand to paint.

6 x 8, oil on panel. - Thanks for looking!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lahaina Canoes - Oil Value Sketch

Value study of a blustery partly sunny day on the beach in Lahaina.  8 x 6 inches.