Thursday, December 30, 2010

"Unexpected Encounter"

                                                   9"x12"  Acrylic on watercolor paper

This is a scene outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, which I took some liberties with concerning color and the addition of the adobes and the deer.   Painted this with much enthusiasm !     Brings back memories. 

Thank you for viewing my work.   I may take a few days away from the blog but should return late next week .    I am currently working on some larger, major works that need my attention.    However, feel free to contact me at any time regarding purchasing this or any other painting on this blog.   808.536.0650   or 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

"Mixed Bouquet with Miniature Roses"

                                                        5"x7" Acrylic on stretched canvas        
                                                                     $195 framed
                                                                   $150 unframed

This painting would make a nice companion to the previous post of "Texas African Violet with Yellow Rose" .    Oval frames are difficult to find so I will ship this painting with the same frame shown here.  However, there will be a $8.00 charge for shipping within the USA, and $14.00 to another country. If for some reason you would prefer to purchase this painting or the previous "Texas African with Yellow Rose"  unframed (or both of them together)  the price would be $150 each.   Perhaps you may know a framer or for whatever reason; however, the sides of the canvas are not painted and are not even, so the painting will definitely need to be framed to look presentable.   If you purchase the painting unframed, shipping is free within the USA.

I accept major credit cards.   Purchase inquiries at 808-536-0650 or

Thank you and wishing everyone a fantastic 2011   !!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

"Serenity In Motion"

                                                   9"x12" w/c and acrylic on paper

The reference photo for this painting was taken at a park (Myrtle Edwards beach park) in Seattle, Washington; however,  I changed the scene drastically so it is not typical of the actual spot.   This painting began as a watercolor, but as it progressed I made changes in acrylic.   The forground is mostly watercolor with touches of colored pencil in the rocks.     Yes, I use to use Prismacolor colored pencils frequently; alone or in combination with watercolor.  I might return to colored pencils again one day, but for the present prefer oils and acrylics.  I am considering painting more watercolors just for this blog; mostly affordable miniatures.    Let me know what you would like to see on this blog,   I welcome all comments!

At present I am working on another 5x7 oval miniature which I hope to post tomorrow.   Please check back often and visit awhile!

As always, if interested in purchasing this or another painting, please feel free to contact me at 808.536.0650  or email    

Monday, December 20, 2010

"Texas" African Violet with Yellow Rose

                                                            5" x 7" Acrylic on canvas
                                                                     $195 framed

Finished this little gem this Monday evening, and it was so much fun.    I once owned over 100 African Violets and really enjoyed them and painted them frequently; did a whole series  of paintings based on the name of the African Violet and told a little story with the painting.  I still have several violets, but no where near 100.  I grow them under lights on a plant stand. 

This is a very special price for this painting;  I just feel in a generous mood.   Oval frames are difficult to find so I am selling it framed, and will  charge an additional $8.00 for shipping within the USA.  Contact me for  shipping charges if you live outside the USA.

Monday, December 13, 2010


                                                             "Waikiki at Sunrise"

Above on the left, "Rainbow Bridge at Haleiwa"       -  Above on the right, "Driftwood at Diamondhead "

The three paintings above and to the left are 4"x6" acrylic on panel and sell for $55

The painting to the right is a 4"x6" oil on panel  $55    "Must Be 30 Footer"                        

Look for more posts very soon!  Thank you visiting my site and please return often!  

Sunday, November 28, 2010

"Wake-up Songs"

                                                     9" x 12" Acrylic on canvas
                                                                $ 625

This house finch and his buddies use to wake me up in the early mornings with their cheerful songs.  One day I took a few photos of them on my patio and this is the resulting painting. I believe they were after the fruit type berries found on the palm trees.  May paint more of this bird in the future.   They were introduced to Hawaii  from California before 1870.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

"Dole Plantation 1"

                                                        5" x 5" Acrylic on gessobord

Dole Plantation is on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.    They still grow pineapples here, but it is not on as large a scale as in the past.   Those are the Waianae Mountains in the distance.  This miniature is a study for a larger painting (12"x16").     I am anxious to do some larger work for a few days.  

Please contact me if you have any questions at or 808.536.0650

Saturday, November 20, 2010

"Peaceful Marsh"

                                                       5" x 5" Acrylic on gessobord

This is Hamakua Marsh in the town of Kailua on Oahu.    There are several waterfowl to be found here, and I have taken reference photos of them as well as the marsh itself.    More paintings of this area will follow.    Thank you for stopping by and visiting and please return often.    

Any questions or if interested in purchasing this painting, please contact me at or 808.536.0650 .

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"Near Santa Monica"

                                                        5" x 5" Acrylic on gessobord

Santa Monica beach and town are in the distance and to the far right of this beach (not shown in this painting, of course).    I really enjoyed Santa Monica whenever I visited California, which was often.  The town as well as the beach and pier were a pleasure to visit.    Many years ago I painted several watercolors of the area; perhaps I'll post a couple of them in the future.   I do not remember the name of the beach in this painting above, which I painted from a reference photo I took many years ago.   

Sunday, November 14, 2010

"Myrtle Edwards Park - Seattle"

5" x 5" Acrylic on gessobord

Reference photo for the above painting

As you can see, I changed things a bit in the painting rather than going totally by the reference photo.    I took this photo 10 years ago during a short stay in Seattle.   In the future I hope to do a larger painting of this scene and I may paint the water a pinker hue then.   This particular park has many flowers, particularly roses.   It is right near downtown and is popular for joggers as well. Near there is a park with many outdoor sculptures.   Seattle has some beautiful surrounding scenery and mountains, but I prefer Hawaii.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Study - South American Ringed Teal

                                                               6" x 8" Acrylic

My very first time to paint this particular duck.   It is found, for the most part, in the Amazon Basin of South America.    No, I did not go to South America to take the reference photos, but instead found this fella and several of his friends on the fantastically landscaped grounds of the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki.   I was just thrilled to discover several types of waterfowl and parrots at this excellent hotel/resort.   There will be more paintings from there in the near future.  

Monday, November 1, 2010

"Pink Lily Study 1"


                                                          5"x7" Acrylic on panel

Enjoyed working on this lily and because it is a study and not  very detailed , the price is less than the previous post of NOLA pink waterlilies.    There are subtle touches of yellow in the blossom that do not show up that well in the photo.   This was a joy to paint!                                                            

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"Miniature Pink Rose Bouquet #1"

5"x7" Acrylic on panel

                                                                                                                                                           What fun this was to paint!  I had a reference photo I had taken, but used my imagination for the most part on everything but the roses.   If interested in this painting, I ship free in the USA when the painting is unframed.    I am including a photo of this painting in a frame so you can see what a difference a frame makes.

Framed as shown $250

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     There is extra time and more cost involved  for shipping and handling if the painting is framed like this.  Contact me at 808.536.0650 or by email  for a shipping price quote on either UPS or FedEx.

  Please excuse the imperfect alignment of the text in this posting; for some reason it is not working properly tonight.   Can't be me, right?                                                  

Sunday, October 24, 2010

"Cleaving to Clivia"


                                                                    8"x16" Oil on panel
                                                                         Private Collection

This painting was an experiment in color and is a bit more decorative in flavor than most of my work.   These clivia flowers were found at  Waimea Bay botanical gardens on Oahu, and I added the lizard just for fun.  Don't know why, but I get a kick out of lizards and photograph them frequently.   Hope you enjoy your visit to my blog today!

Friday, October 22, 2010

"The Bold and Beautiful"

8"x10" Oil on panel

I loved the bold stripes of this material, but at first was not sure how they might work with the delicate gardenia blossoms.   I was rather pleased with the finished result and will use this materail again.         

Lately I have been doing more photography than actual painting, but that has got to stop!   I am currently working on 3 miniature paintings, but am anxious to begin a larger major piece.   Please return to this blog  often as I will definitely be painting more in the future than I have been lately.  Thank you for stopping by!

For more information or to purchase this painting, please contact me at      or feel free to phone me at  808.536.0650.         I will be glad to help you in any way I can.                      

Thursday, September 23, 2010

"Red Tulips And Calico"

6"x8" Oil on Raymar panel

This little gem was a bit time consuming with the extra detail in the calico cloth.   Just the same,  I will use this calico fabric in future paintings as I enjoy a challenge sometimes.  I have several more reference photos of still life set ups I photographed using this cloth.   This set up just appealed to me to try to paint first.

If you have any special requests or would like to purchase this painting call me at 808.536.0650
or please email with inquiries at

Sunday, September 19, 2010

"Simple Elegance"

6"x8" oil on linen Raymar panel
I seem to be concentrating on flowers lately and loving every moment of painting them.  Lilies are quite elegant and I shall paint more lilies in the near future.   

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

"Special Vase"

6"x8" Oil on Linen Raymar Panel
$300   Sold

Painting the various colors reflected in this vase was a challenge, especially since it is a miniature painting.   I might use this as a study to paint a larger painting in the future in an effort to more fully capture the colors in the vase.  

Thank you for viewing my work and please feel free to comment here or contact me 808.536.0650   or

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

"Part Dingo"

9'x12" Acrylic
Private Collection

This painting is for a friend in Australia, whose pet dog pictured here is part Australian Dingo.

Anyone interested in a pet portrait for themselves or for a gift, should contact me and put in a request as soon as possible before the upcoming holidays.  You may email or call me for more information.


Friday, August 20, 2010

"Makiki Heights Home"

8"x10" Oil on canvas

This is a recent painting that I "finished" a month or so ago, but this week decided to work on it some more and I think it is greatly improved.   Sometimes it is a good idea to do that -- go back with a fresh eye.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Another Still Life Reference Photograph

Thought you might like to see two of my recent still life set ups I photographed in hopes of painting them soon.  I photograph the flowers immediately after purchasing them before they have a chance to fade, like they would  if I attempted to paint them from life--fading before I finished the painting.  By taking photos of them while they are fresh, they are always at their best while I paint from the reference picture.   Let me know which photo you like the best or any other comment you may have.

Thank you for visiting  and please return often!

Still Life Reference Photograph

Sunday, August 15, 2010

"We're All In The Same Boat"

6"x8" Oil on Raymar Panel

More grapes!  I had intended to put this glass gravy boat in a painting long before now.  The title is a little misleading, because three wayward grapes went their own way and jumped out of the boat!  Kind of like people and true life!

Thank you for stopping by and visiting!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

"Hanging Out"

5"x7" Oil on Raymar panel

This was such fun to paint!  I had not painted grapes in such a long time.   Hope you enjoy!

Monday, August 9, 2010

"Near Monterey"

8"x10" Acrylic on canvas

This is a scene near Monterey, California, a place I enjoy visiting.  I used my imagination and added the girl and the seagulls.  Otherwise, the painting is pretty true to the actual area.

Friday, August 6, 2010

"Must Be 30-footer" - repainted

4"x6" Oil

This painting was a previous post in acrylic, but I was not happy with the painting over time and decided to go over the entire painting with oils; I like the result much better now.    This is a winter scene on the North Shore of Oahu when the waves do reach 30 feet or more at times during that time of the year.  There were actually 4 people out on the rocks taking in the power and beauty of the surf when I took reference photographs of this scene.  Somehow two people seemed the perfect accent for this painting and to show the height of the wave in its proper scale or perspective.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

"Pug Mug"

6"x8" Acrylic on panel

This is quite the character!  My first time to paint a pug, and there will be more to follow.  Please contact the artist for sizes and prices if interested in a portrait of your pet.

Appreciate your interest!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


5"x7" Oil on canvas

This painting was photographed today while still wet, right after I finished painting it.  It is on stretched canvas and the sides of the canvas have also been painted, so it can be hung unframed if so desired.  There are subtle touches of pink in the waves and water that the camera did not pick up fully.  Overall, I am satisfied with this painting.  I worked on two other miniature paintings today, as well, and both of them have been posted before as acrylics but today I reworked them in oils and I am much happier with the way they look now.   May post them again soon so you can compare the old version vs. the new oil version.   I much prefer working in oils and the way they handle and blend.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

"Got the Blues"

5"x7" oil on canvas

This a very recent painting I had great fun painting.   It is painted on stretched canvas whose sides are also painted, so it could be hung unframed.   However, I recommend a frame to give it more of an eloquent look.   It is just a matter of personal preference. Hope you enjoy and come visit again soon.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

"At Rest"

9"x12" Acrylic on canvas

This scene with rainbow bridge in the background is in Haleiwa Town on the North Shore of Oahu.
Haleiwa is a very quaint, small "artsy " town with several art galleries to its credit.  There is even a
Wyland gallery there.  Haleiwa is also a popular hangout for surfers.

Thank you for visiting and please come back often. 

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"Three On The Beach"

8"x10" Acrylic on canvas

This is an entirely "made-up" scene.  However, I had a reference photo I had taken of the dog and I included him in this painting just for fun.  

Thank you for viewing my paintings.

Monday, July 12, 2010

"We Five" - Pink Waterlilies

8"x16" Acrylic on Canvas

This painting completes the set of pink waterlily paintings.  There will be a discount given if someone buys all three of the posted pink waterlily paintings at one time- together.    I intend to paint more pink waterlilies soon, probably in oil.   I like this size canvas; it would be good for seascapes especially.

Thank you for viewing my paintings.

"Almost Touching" - Pink Waterlilies

8"x6" Acrylic on Raymar panel

The reference photos for this painting were also taken at the pavilion at Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu.   This painting would be a nice companion to yesterday's post of "We Two" which was of the same size panel and same color and type of waterlilies.  Hope you enjoy!

If you are interested in purchasing this painting,  please contact me at

Sunday, July 11, 2010

"We Two"

8"x6" Acrylic on Raymar panel

More waterlilies!  Most of my waterlily reference photos are taken at a courtyard in a pavilion at Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu.   It is a wonderful family beach; does not have the extreme high surf in the winter as the North Shore beaches experience.   Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

"Mother's Help"

8"x10" Acrylic on canvas

This painting borders on impressionism; a little departure from my other seascapes.  I took several reference photos of this mother and son and hope to paint them again soon.  Please feel free  to send me your comments.  I would love to hear from you.

Friday, June 25, 2010

"Power at Chun's Reef"

4"x6" Acrylic on Raymar Panel

This scene is really a little more towards Waimea Bay, but not too far a walk from Chun's Reef on the North Shore of Oahu.   Had a grand time experimenting with color in this painting.   I have been called a "colorist" because I sometimes exaggerate color even in my most realistic works. 

Hope you enjoy "the view" of a little part of the beauty of paradise here in Hawaii.   My intentions for future posts on this blog is to show more miniature still life paintings, so please stop by and visit often.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Plumeria - In The Pink

Same 3"x3" painting as below to show the size as compared to my hand for a better photo to show scale and just how tiny this miniature is.

Monday, June 14, 2010

"Sunflowers at North Padre Island, Texas"

                                                        16"x20" Oil on Canvas

Great news in the mail today!    I received notice that I had been accepted into the prestigious Oil Painters of America!   I am positively elated!   The above painting was one of the entries I sent them to be judged and juried into this wonderful group of artists.   I will definitely be painting more major oils in the future,  but will not abandon my almost daily miniature paintings.   

The painting shown above is currently not for sale.   I may keep it for myself.    However, I do accept commissions; also, check out some of the older posts on this blog .

Thank you for your interest and any questions you may have may be sent to