Monday, May 31, 2010

"Sunrise at Waikiki" 4"x6" Acrylic

This painting is a little more impressionistic than some of my other work.  I took several photographs
that particular morning, but this was my favorite scene.   It is looking towards the famous Diamondhead extinct volcano, which is not visible in this painting, obviously.  There is a nice park near here and also the Honolulu Zoo, which is a great place for me to take reference photos of birds and animals as well as flowers.  I don't visit Waikiki very often, mostly because I prefer more secluded, rustic beaches without all the hotels everywhere.    But I do enjoy my visits to Waikiki, and it is a great place to take a daily walk along the paved walkway beside the beach--not to mention a safe beach to go swimming.   Waikiki is a must see for anyone visiting Honolulu and I hope you enjoy viewing this painting and in my own artistic way I suppose one could say I "took you" there as you view this scene.

This painting is on canvas mounted on museum quality Raymar Art panel.   Many of the miniature paintings I post on this blog are on these panels, but some are on stretched canvas or gesso board.  All quality materials and paint.   

This painting is priced at $125, including shipping if within the USA.   Outside of the USA, there will be a small charge for shipping; whatever the Post Office charges for Priority Mail to your particular country.

If you are interested in purchasing this painting, or have any questions about my work or commissions,  please contact me at 

Friday, May 28, 2010

"Rainbow Bridge- Haliewa"

4"x6" Acrylic on board   $125

Haliewa is a charming "artsy" town on the North Shore of Oahu.  I love to visit there and usually have lunch at Cholos Mexican Restaurant  or Haliewa Joe's.   Both have excellent food.   There is even a Wyland gallery in this quaint town, as well as several other art galleries.    The Rainbow Bridge depicted in this painting is so narrow that it does not allow room for 2 way traffic.   Lanes have to wait til it is clear to procede across.  The restaurant Haliewa Joe's is to the immediate right of this scene.  

Monday, May 24, 2010

I'm So Cute" 6x8 Acrylic

This was such a happy little Pomeranian .   Again, as in yesterday's post of a Yorkshire Terrier, this is more of a sketch type portrait.   My prices vary depending on size, detail in the subject matter as well as detail in the background, and if a second pet is included in the same painting.    A simple head shot like this for a 6"x8" Acrylic is priced at  $350.   An oil portrait of the same size might run slightly more, depending on how much time is involved in completing the painting.    

For more information on pet portraits and any questions or comments, please contact me at     Your interest and comments are much appreciated.   Stop by my blog and visit often.     In June I will have a drawing for a free painting to one of my followers on this blog and on my Facebook fan page.   The winner will only be announced on my blogspot     

Friday, May 21, 2010

"Late Bloomer" 24 x 24 Acrylic/canvas

This painting is of the night blooming cereus, a vining cactus found in various parts of the world.   It is also the flower of the dragon fruit, or strawberry pear, which I discussed on May 19 on this blog.   There are two places in particular in the Honolulu area where I take reference photos of these flowers every July when they are in bloom.   They are quite large and showy flowers.   This particular flower had hundreds of dew drops glistening on it,  but I only painted a few dew drops to avoid over-working the painting.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"Tropical Delight" 12" x 16" Oil/canvas

The main subject of this still life is the the dragon fruit, or red pitaya, sometimes called strawberry pear.
It is really quite tasty and nutritious and best eaten chilled.   The one here had white flesh with black seeds, but some have red or magenta flesh.   The fruit grows on a vining cactus, the most common called night blooming cereus which has large beautiful white flowers.    Actually, perhaps next post on this blog I will  show a painting of mine depicting this particular cactus flower.  There are a couple of places here in Honolulu where I go take reference photos of these flowers every July.     They are grown in tropical regions around the world and on the big island of Hawaii.     In Hawaiian they are known as Pa-nani-oka or as panini o kapunahou.   

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

"Just The Two Of Us"

16" x 20" Acrylic  

This painting is of Nene,  Hawaii's State Bird. They are also known as the Hawaiian Goose.  They are found only in Hawaii and are on the Federal List of Endangered Species.  Most of the photos I have taken of them have been on the island of Kauai.   To my knowledge, the only ones on Oahu are at the Honolulu Zoo.   They remind you a little of the Canadian Goose, to which they are related.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Patterns" 12 x 16 Acrylic

This is a painting of my cat, Callie. She loves it outside on my lanai (patio) and I have taken several photos of her there. More paintings of her will follow, as she is getting up in years now . She is strictly an indoor cat, so my lanai is a real treat for her.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Zebra Dove at Diamondhead

8" x 10" Acrylic on canvas

These tiny doves are literally taking over the islands. They are everywhere and usually found in groups. But this fellow was alone when I saw him on the cliff at Diamondhead Beach not too far from the lighthouse there. I had been taking photos of the beach and people there and decided to sit down in the shade at the bottom of the cliff to just relax and take in all the beauty of the area and watch the wave formations, when I discovered the dove watching me from behind and a little above my head and I promptly snapped a few photos of him/her.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Pink Glory - Hibiscus

4"x6" Acrylic on Raymar Panel
As many of you know , the Hibiscus is Hawaii's state flower. The one depicted here is a hybrid, not one of the native varieties which I hope to paint in the future. I like to paint a variety of subject matter, but lately have painted mostly florals and still life. Let me know what you would like to see more of on this blog. I welcome all comments.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Lifeguard Boat at Waimea Bay

4" x 6" Acrylic
Waimea Bay is on the North Shore of Oahu across the road from a botanical garden I frequent. So when I go to the beach there to take photos, I find a lot of subject matter to photograph at the gardens as well. There is a very nice waterfall at the gardens I intend to paint in the near future. Very popular area.
Life is good and I feel blessed to be able to paint to my heart's content here in "paradise".
Please feel free to contact me if you would like a special commission of a particular place or pet or flowers. I could work from your photos. I do not paint portraits of people, however.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Surf at Shark's Cove

This is a great spot for spectacular waves when the winter swells arrive. A great spot to visit anytime, really. It is on the North Shore of Oahu.

8" x 10" Acrylic on canvas

Here it is May already. I have not posted as much recently due to the fact that I am in the process of making some changes soon. I have been painting faithfully as always and have recently begun painting in Oils again, which is my favorite medium. I will continue to do Acrylic paintings, but the primary focus will be on my Oils. Look forward to what the future holds and please feel free to send me your comments and questions.