Monday, May 23, 2011

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Study # 3, Holei Sea Arch

6" x 8" Acrylic on panel

Holei sea arch is quite impressive and is over 90 feet tall.   Most sea arches are formed by erosion from the ocean, but Holei sea arch was formed by the creation of new land from lava flows.    More information about this sea arch may be found here 

It was such a joy to paint another seascape and to celebrate I began two new miniature seascapes yesterday!   They are not scenes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park  like this painting of Holei sea arch.  I may paint more scenes from that park in the future, but now I  feel a need to pursue something different for a change.   This artist thrives on variety !

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Study # 2

6" x 8" Acrylic on panel

This is not your usual "postcard" type pretty scene typically shown of Hawaii.   It is a part of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that has hardened lava and is more like a desert, due to the acid rain from the frequent volcanic eruptions.   I found this area very interesting and unique and wanted to capture on canvas  something a little out of the ordinary for me as an artist and to expose the viewer to a glimpse of Hawaii few expect to see in a tropical island.   Actually, the Big Island of Hawaii where Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is located, has a mix of habitats in seven ecological life zones from seacoast to rain forest and so on to upland forest and alpine.  

Please contact me if you are interested in this or another painting.  Your comments are always welcome.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Study # 1

6" x 8" Acrylic on Panel

This scene is an area in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that has less vegetation than other sections, but I rather enjoyed the subtle colors and the unique arching tree in the foreground.   The painting turned out to have a slight impressionistic bent, which was not planned but which seems to suit this landscape.  To my disappointment, when I made the visit to this park, the Kilauea volcano was not erupting at that time.   The closest I have come to viewing the eruptions is on the TV news !   For viewing the eruptions , you may watch webcams here

I have also begun two more miniature paintings inspired by my visit to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and will post them here very soon .   These studies are for reference for  future larger major works.  

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

"Shark's Cove" - Oahu (Free Painting)

8" x 10" Acrylic on canvas

This is the free painting for the June 1, 2011, drawing .   It is a scene on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, and is very near the famous Pipeline beach popular with surfers.    Locals call this area "Shark's Cove" .

To be eligible to win this painting valued at $500, you need to sign up for my monthly newsletter at my main website  or go here for more information and you will see the link to my newsletter where you may fill out your information.  

This painting is on stretched canvas and will be shipped free to the winner of the drawing.   If you have any questions about this painting or the drawing itself or any other works of mine, please feel free to comment and to ask me any questions.   

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Monday, May 9, 2011

"Desert Majesty" (El Capitan - Guadalupe Mountains)

12" x 16" Oil on canvas

I finished this painting yesterday after debating whether to add more detail to the mountains and the rocky foreground; finally decided to let it be.    It is very typical of the Chihuahuan Desert where the Guadalupe Mountains are located.   This particular mountain peak is known as El Capitan and rises about  1000 feet high above the desert floor.   This area is on the southwest tip of the mountains and is about 90 miles east of  El Paso, Texas.    More information about this painting and the Guadalupe Mountains National Park may be found here

Hope you enjoy this new landscape and now it is time to move on to a new painting and more miniature works.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Work In Progress - Guadalupe Mountains Texas

12"x16" Oil WIP

This is what I have been up to lately !  This painting still needs several hours more work, but I wanted to share this to let you know I have been busy painting ; just not working on miniatures at the present time, although once I finish the above landscape I will give miniatures a go again and will post more often to this blog.    For more information on this painting go here  .

Also, a reminder that on June 1 there will be a drawing for a FREE painting !    Only those who have signed up for and subscribed to my monthly newsletter at my main website will be eligible to win this 8"x10" original acrylic painting valued at $500 .   Sorry, but personal friends and family will not be included in this drawing.    There will be more information in the May newsletter I will be sending out soon, including a photo of the free painting.   To sign up for the newsletter go here

I welcome all comments and any questions.  


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Waikiki In Watercolor #1 and #2

                                                               5" x 7" Watercolor Study #1

Earlier this week two "firsts" happened !  For the first time in my life I painted en pleine aire , a French term for simply painting outdoors whatever you happened to be focused on.   The second "first" was .... it was the first time I had painted in watercolors in a very long time.    This is the first painting from that endeavor, and I had a grand time with it.   I found a nice shady spot in Waikiki looking towards the Waianae mountains and had a go at it.   I enjoyed it so much that I went back this Saturday morning (yesterday) and composed the painting below.

                                                          5" x 7" Watercolor Study #2

Both of these studies could use a little more touch up work; especially the horizon line on Study #2, but wanted to share what I have been up to lately.    I just began both of these paintings by laying in thin washes of color without sketching the scene first in pencil.    Seascapes come natural to paint for me which is why I chose these two for my first try at watercolor in ages.   As time goes on and I paint more pleine aire  studies,  I will chose more elaborate beach scenes or whatever strikes my fancy.   May try painting at the Honolulu Zoo if they will allow me to do that; will have to check into it.   There are many possibilities for subject matter in Waikiki and all over the island, for that matter.

Please contact me if interested in purchasing these paintings or for commissioning any subject matter you would like..    You may also search for other paintings here by going to the "Search This Blog" gadget in the upper right-hand corner of this page and typing in your choice of subject matter, such as seascapes, etc.  

Thank you for stopping by !

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