Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Full Moon At Sunset - Hawaii

6" x 6" Acrylic on canvas

I was just in the mood to paint a full moon, but I wanted it to be different from the typical dark blue sky at the midnight hour.     My original intention was to have the sky more soft and subtle with delicate colors,  but once I began painting things just happened on their own and before I knew it the colors had intensified and cloud formations I had not intended to paint at the beginning suddenly appeared.   I decided I was satisfied with the outcome and signed it , although it painted itself !

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Three Koi And White Waterlilies

6" x 6" Acrylic on canvas

I put the finishing touches on this painting a few minutes ago.    For some reason this painting took longer than the previous Koi painting I posted here; mostly because I was striving for perfection in the large white waterlily.  I simply wanted the color to be beautiful and varied; there is always a lot of various colors in the color white.   This photo does not render all the shades of lavender, pink, blue, and yellow in the waterlily that are in the original painting .

This miniature and the previous one posted "Seven Koi Among Seven Waterlilies" would be excellent companions to purchase and hang side by side in your home or office as they are the same size and have similar colors.  

Thank you for stopping by to visit and please return again soon !  

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Seven Koi Among Seven Waterlilies

6" x 6" Acrylic on canvas

This is a brand new miniature that was a so enjoyable for me to paint !  Well, I always enjoy painting no matter what !   But this was a subject that I had not painted in several years and it felt so natural and comfortable to be painting Koi and waterlilies once again.    It was such a wonderful experience for me that I have started another similar miniature but with a different arrangement and only one waterlily.     Please visit here again soon to see this new work.  

Remember, I enjoy all your comments and any questions you may have.   As always, shipping is free if you live in the USA.  

Friday, August 19, 2011

"Beauty In Dark Waters" - Wood Duck

6" x 6" Acrylic on canvas

I just completed this new miniature and it was wonderful to combine two of my favorite subjects in one painting..... waterlilies and a Wood Duck.     I apologize for the photo of this painting not being the best, but after several tries I decided to settle on this one.  I will try again to take more photos of this painting later today before I post it to my main website's gallery of paintings.   I did make a blog post there with lots of information about Wood Ducks and included two of my reference photos for this painting.   To see this additional information visit here

I have been painting in acrylics and in miniature sizes to make things easier for me until I mend better after breaking my right elbow.  I do believe I will begin using my oil paints again very soon as I miss them so much.  Oil is my favorite medium.   

I did want to share that there is such a thing as ornamental Wood Ducks, and they come in such colors as apricot, white, and a beautiful silver .   They are not found in the wild, of course, but are instead the product of selected breeding and may be purchased to raise at .    You might enjoy just viewing the beautiful photographs of these ornamental Wood Ducks at that website.  

I welcome all comments and if interested in purchasing the above painting please contact me at   .   Mahalo !

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Anticipation - Above Diamondhead Beach

6" x 6" Acrylic on panel

I had walked along this beach at Diamondhead Lighthouse on Oahu not far from Waikiki, which beach is many many feet below this scene.  I decided to take more photos of the flowers high above the beach next to the road , and just as I came near this area a surfer placed his surf board in this spot as if to oblige me.... I quickly took a few reference photos, realizing it would make a perfect painting.   I intend to do a large oil painting from this study.   

This miniature seascape was completed just yesterday.   It needs a good home !   Please contact me if interested  or if you have any questions about this or another painting shown on this website.   I welcome all comments .   Mahalo for stopping by to visit ! 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Almost Sunset - Kekaha Beach

6" x 6" Acrylic on panel

This painting of the southwestern shore or leeward side of Kauai is pretty true to the reference photo I took there about four years ago.   It really was near sunset time and the beach sand had a nice orange glow instead of a daytime bleached white look.   This area is more scenic than swimmable as the surf and currents are dangerous and unpredictable with sharp coral present as well.   There are experienced surfers that brave the waters, but for the average person it is best not to venture into the ocean there unless the water looks calm.    This area is the longest  uninterrupted beach on Kauai, about a 15 mile stretch.    There are some nice videos on YouTube of this area; at the time I visited there I did not have a camera with video capabilities.

This painting is cause for celebration !   It is my first painting to attempt since I broke my right elbow on June 3.   It felt wonderful to be painting again and everyone can look forward to my making more frequent posts to this site from now on .    So please stop by again soon and see what is new on the easel.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Hanauma Bay Resident

12"x16" Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas

This painting was a joy to paint !  I love to paint roosters as they are so colorful and pretty--  oops, handsome!  Wild jungle fowl are abundant on all the Hawaiian Islands.    For the most part they are skittish of people,  but this guy and some hens were not so shy and one of the hens even laid an egg right near me as I photographed them at Hanauma Bay,  a popular snorkeling beach on the island of Oahu .    Besides the beach there, there is a park and lots of surrounding brush, etc, where I suppose the jungle fowl called home,  thus the title of the painting.     Below is a photo I took overlooking Hanuama Bay.

Hanauma Bay - Oahu, Hawaii

 You can easily see the coral in the ocean shown in this photograph.   Lots of colorful fish and turtles for the snorkeler to enjoy here.    The water is not very deep at all for quite a ways from the beach itself.    This bay is more on the Southeast side of Oahu, near the suburb called Hawaii Kai. 

Please feel free to contact me if interested in the painting above or any other artwork you may like to purchase on this blog.   I welcome your comments and questions !