Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Kula Cattle Sketch

Was really drawn by the juxtaposition of the warmth of these common cattle against the forever-ness of the exquisite and uncommon blue ocean.  Painting to come -

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Polli's Flags

Polli's Flags

Flags in front of Polli's restaurant during the Fourth of July parade.  They just made me feel so good - all those huge flags dancing in the wind.  Nonchalant- and I feel taken for granted.  So beautiful!

Varnished and ready to go...

Back to the paint after some much needed family time.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cube Scape -

One of my Cube Scapes.  I did this drawing some time ago, bur recently scanned it into my computer, sent it to my iPad and have had fun with it in the Procreate App.

I have another project (more long-term), I've been working on in Procreate that I'll begin to put up shortly - a really fun one.  I've had to be more mobile than usual lately so I'm using my iPad to create.  Really loving it and discovering interesting possibilities with layers etc...

Getting to paint with real oils a bit and looking forward to painting a great deal more in the near future.

I've also been doing some research into drawing apps lately and while my investigation has only been very cursory thus far, I can tell you that the Procreate app is just miles ahead of anything I've experienced.  If you're considering a drawing app for iPad - can't recommend Procreate enough!  It's also super easy to use in conjunction with other apps.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Clouds and Sacred Garden for 30 in 30

A couple of studies for the 30 in 30 challenge.  Really needed some color today - so headed to sacred garden to work.  New palette.  Have a relatively new tube of Rembrandt Peony Red that I just love, but have never worked with - so Peony red, cad yellow, ultra blue and oxide red.

Friday, September 2, 2016

'Ohelo 'Ai Study

A couple of studies for a project and painting I'm working on.  The painting is a very different treatment than the studies and much looser.  My main criteria is "fun"!  Will post the painting when pao.  

30 in 30 Plein Air Challenge

These are September 1st and 2nd for a 30 in 30 plein air painting challenge for this month.  Made a bunch of 4 x 5 watercolor paper supports to use.  They have a watercolor ground and shellac on them as a barrier to the oil.  Tomorrow's will be interesting in Hurricane Lester - but - no excuses eh?!?  ;)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Organizing Tubes of Paint

Using a palette knife or gloves, put a bit of paint on the lid of each color so you can easily see what it is.  Here I have them propped up in yogurt containers in an antique wooden Royal Crown Cola box.  Don't have a drawer to lay them all out flat, so this works for me.

If the lids are black, put white acrylic paint on them first.  After it's dry put the paint on.  I used to hang them on a line by bending the bottom of the tube over a nylon cord as shown below - but that can get pretty heavy.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Hanamu Road in the Rain

Painted this little 6 x 8 inch in the pouring rain from under the back hatch of my car.  It was so much fun - listening to the rain, getting a bit spattered and loving the process and fresh air, birds etc....  Ahhhhh.....

Monday, July 25, 2016


This is my finished study from Tina Garrett's workshop.  What an incredible experience.  We had Soo much fun!  Tina is an amazing teacher - very high energy, great sense of humor and just super generous and helpful!  I'm really excited to do more figure work.
If you have a chance to study with her - you absolutely should!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thompson Road Barn

This was painted on two consecutive Gorgeous mornings out on Thompson Road in Keokea, Maui.  As always - I meet and chat with The nicest people.  It's one of the joys of being on location!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Kaho'olawe from Thompson Road, Kula

Painted this on location from Thompson Road in Kula, Maui.  It's 6 x 8 inches - oil on panel.  Really had fun with the design and shapes 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Hanamu Road Tree Line

Painted on location just mauka of Makawao on Hanamu Road.  Just before the rain.... stay tuned....

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Hui No'eau Oil Study

Painted this little 6x6 study on location.  I love the Hui No'eau buildings and the red tiled roof - so much history and character.  I found out a couple of days ago that I'm not going to be able to be there for the 2017 Maui Open Studio which is quite a bummer for me.  I really loved it there, but we're going to try that location again for 18. 

Meanwhile - I'll scout around and find a different location for 2017.


Friday, April 8, 2016

Value Sketches

Took a Fantastic one-day seminar from Joshua Been last week.  He's a super dynamic, high energy guy.  We had a great time and learned a great deal!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Bougainvillea Study

Painted this little study last week in Kihei.  It's 6 x 8.  Didn't have a lot of time, but thoroughly enjoyed doing this!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Maui Cane Burn

Here on Maui, part of the sugar production process is burning the cane fields which is usually done very early in the mornings when the wind is quietest.  It's a common site for early commuters headed down Haleakala Highway. 

Alexander & Baldwin's Hawaii Commercial and Sugar company, begun in 1870, is going out of business over the next year and these cane burns will be a thing of the past.  While it will be a good thing for air quality - it will be deleterious for Maui's economy and leaves an uncertain future for all of the currently lush green cane fields.

The painting itself is 24 x 18 inches, oil on textured canvas over wood and  custom framed.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Paia Youth and Cultural Center Doors - Art Maui 2016

This painting was done in my studio from a series of drawings and color notes that I gathered over a couple of afternoons on location at the PYCC.  Though I was originally attracted to the design, it became, for me, an image about journeys we each must take alone.

I'm elated, honored and humbled that it will be included with all of the incredible artists in Art Maui 2016.  Mahalo again to juror Lauren Faulkner.  I'm very much looking forward to the opening in the Schaefer International Gallery at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center this afternoon!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Hau Trees

This is a 9 x 12 oil - painted primarily on location and tweaked in my studio.  We were painting at one of the beach parks in Kihei, Maui.  The Hau trees are just incredible and I'll be going back to paint more.  The flowers of these trees come out a gorgeous soft yellow, turn a beautiful peachy red and then drop off.  Please click here if interested in purchasing this framed painting.  Mahalo

Monday, March 21, 2016

Art Maui 2016

I'm delighted and immensely honored to have been included among the artists chosen for Art Maui 2016.  Thank  you to juror Lauren Faulkner!  The Artist's Opening Reception is Saturday, March 26th and the exhibit will be open to the public on Monday, March 28th through Saturday, April 23rd.  Mahalo -

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Kanaha Beach Park

Painted this on location in Kanaha Beach Park, right near the airport in Kahului, Maui.  Beautiful days painting with a couple of dear friends.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Maui Open Studio Opening

The Opening for Maui Open Studios is tomorrow night -
Saturday, February 6th, from 5 - 8 pm 
Pa'ina Culinary Arts Center 
University of Hawaii Maui Campus 

 It's going to be a much brighter venue - so come visit all of the amazing artists and talk story.... kisses too!  This is one of my most favorite events of the year.  I so look forward to meeting and talking to visitors and artists!  Can't wait - hope you'll join us!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Maui Open Studio

Maui Open Studios is beginning in less than two weeks!!!  I'm So excited!  Making paintings is generally such a solitary activity, so I really Love this event!  Talking story with everyone - old friends, amazing artists, new visitors...  I'll have materials at the ready for anyone who wants to try silver point drawing.  And lots of kisses 😉 - the chocolate kind of course  😊  
I'll be in the Courtyard of the amazing Hui No'eau on Baldwin Ave in Makawao!  Please come visit me and all of the other incredible artists for the Upcountry Weekend:  February 13 - 14 from 11 am to 6 pm. 
The opening for the event is February 6th from 5 - 8 pm at the Pa'ina Culinary Arts Center at University of Hawaii Maui Campus in Kahului.  That will include artists from all three weekends so please come see us there!
Can't Wait!!! 😃