Monday, October 31, 2011

Somewhere - Spring Flowers In Landscape

"Somewhere - Spring Flowers
5" x 7" Oil on panel

I just felt the need for a change of pace so I have been working on two miniature landscapes lately.  This one is finished and is painted on museum quality Raymar canvas panel.  The blue flowers are not that bright in the original painting; close, but not exactly right. I photographed this image outside.   Below is a work in progress I am hopefully going to finish this evening.

Work in progress
5" x 7" Oil on panel 

Those will be 3 cows laying down in the foreground; unless I decide to put more cows in the distance, this is pretty much how the painting will be when finished.    I need to enrich the color a bit more and work on the foreground trees and so on.  

Please check back tomorrow for the finished landscape with the cows.  I appreciate your interest !

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Tomato And Mayonnaise Sandwich Half

"Tomato And Mayonnaise Sandwich Half"
8" x 8" Oil on canvas

I put finishing touches on this painting early this morning, but mostly completed it last night.   What a fun painting !   I also worked on the other tomato sandwich painting, but it has a ways to go yet to be finished.
In the above work, some of those black "dots" in the mayonnaise are black pepper specks.  I love to eat tomato sandwiches !  Below are some photos of different stages of this painting.

Work in progress
Very rough initial color lay-in

In progress
 Second stage

You can easily see how I change things a bit as I go;  in a way that is more creative than painstakingly drawing a detailed sketch on canvas and then "coloring" it.    With other mediums, like watercolor, one might have to by necessity make a detailed drawing first on paper; these photos of mine just show the way I personally like to work.   Everyone has their own method that works best for them, and that is as it should be.   
Please feel free to comment here or send me an email at if interested in purchasing "Tomato And Mayonnaise Sandwich Half" or any other original of mine.  Thank you for your interest and for visiting my blog !

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lemonade, Persimmons, and Chinatown

5" x 7" Oil on panel
In Progress

I reworked this in oil today; it was a painting I completed first in January of this year in acrylics.  I was just not happy with the acrylic version, so worked over it in oils.   Below is the previous acrylic version.

Tomorrow will be decision day: is the oil version finished or does it need more refining, etc.  I also worked on the persimmon painting today.   It does not look like I did much to it (shown below) but I really did. 

Work in progress
6" x 6" Oil on canvas

Just for fun and to share with you, today I photographed some persimmons and other produce in the Chinatown section of Honolulu.   I thought you might find it interesting; the prices as well as the local vendors, so please scroll down to view.   

I have toyed with the idea of painting some people-filled Chinatown scenes and the produce and local vendors.    I took several other photos there as well and some just might make good paintings.  

I have had some appointments the last two days so have not been able to paint as much as usual.  The next few days I will live, eat, and breathe painting continuously so please return often to my blog for more new work.   

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It Came From Barnes And Noble

"Barnes and Noble Mug"
6" x 8" Oil on panel 

I fell in love with this mug from the bookstore Barnes and Noble and bought a set of 4 about 3 years ago.  One has since left this life due to a breakage, and I have never seen this particular mug in that store again.   Anyway, just completed this oil painting in the wee hours this morning.  I have been working on 5 paintings at once, as I have to wait for one to dry before I can proceed with more work on it and therefore I work on another painting while I wait.... and so on.   Below is the corrected and completed painting I posted here this past Sunday.

"Seeing Red"
6" x 8" Oil on panel

Both of the above paintings are available for your collection and will be shipped after 10 days to allow plenty of time for the oil paint to dry before packaging it for shipment.   Contact me at for purchase information.     

Below is another WIP I will work on later today.   Those are persimmons and grapes on the plate; I plan to make the grapes more of a dark blue color, but we shall see what happens as I fling the paint around !

6" x 6" oil on canvas - work in progress

Thank you for stopping by to visit ! 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Yipes ! Stripes!

"Seeing Red "
6" x 8" Oil on Raymar panel

This is what I have been working on today, Saturday.    I see I need to make some adjustment in the shape of the reflections in the vase on the right side.   I will work on it again tomorrow to correct and finish it.   I love the red striped material and will probably use it often in paintings.   Below is a painting done awhile back in oil.

12" x 16" Oil on gallery-wrap canvas

Both of the above paintings are available for your collection.   The "Seeing Red" miniature will be available after I tweak it some more tomorrow.  I will post it again after I make the needed adjustments.

Remember the orchid that followed me home last week?  It only had two lovely opened blossoms on it when I posted it then, but it did have 2 buds that opened fully yesterday and here is a new photo of it.  I just had to share it with you; it is so beautiful and I am inspired to paint it very soon.  I took several reference photos of the buds as they opened gradually.   The name of this orchid is Lc.Dinard "Blue Heaven", although it is definitely a pale lavender color instead of blue.   

Thank you for visiting my website !

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Kiwi Treat - Again !

"Kiwi Treat "
5" x 7" Oil on panel

I reworked this painting today in oils; the previous version was in acrylics and may be viewed by going here
To me the painting is much improved now.   It has been such a pleasure going back to using my oil paints again.

I worked some more on my tomato sandwich paintings today and began another new work of persimmons.  It is Fall, 
and Persimmons are in all the markets right now here in Hawaii.   Please return here at my blog soon for more new paintings !

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tomato Sandwich - Progress on WIP's

Here is the reference photo I took some time ago for the painting below.

8" x 8" WIP

Still Using Acrylics here to get more detail before beginning to finish in oils tomorrow.

 The above is obviously the reference photo for the painting below.  I decided to leave out the knife.

This 8" x 8" WIP has more definition now than it did yesterday.   I took out the foreground tomato slice today; still using acrylics but will begin in oils for the next stage and the completion of the painting.

I hope you enjoy seeing the stages of how the paintings develop and the changes I make along the way.   I enjoy sharing and hope it helps young (or mature) emerging artists as a teaching tool.   Some artists prefer to sketch everything out in detail before the begin the actual painting; and that is fine, if you prefer to do it that way.   I like the freedom of developing the painting as I go and it gives it more of a fresh feel and approach for me.    One can, of course, call my reference photos my "sketch".   

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sweet Water Hyacinth

Sweet Water Hyacinth
4" x 4" Acrylic on canvas
I finished this painting this evening and will begin working in oils tomorrow on some still life paintings.  Below is a reference photograph I took of a water hyacinth.

As I stated in a previous post, I have this photograph available as a print at Fine Art America.   There are also many other photographs of mine for sale there as prints; prints of my paintings as well, all of various subject matter including wildlife, seascapes, and landscapes.    You may visit my page there by going here

Mahalo for visiting my website!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Tomato Sandwich Anyone ?

Work in Progress 8" x 8"
Tomato Sandwich half
The 2 white blobs behind the sandwich will be salt and pepper shakers 

Work In Progress 8" x 8"
The Tomato sandwich in the making 
I love tomato sandwiches !  They are also quick and easy to make when you are in hurry.   I very seldom eat bacon now, for health reasons, but that is yummy with the tomatoes as well as lettuce  .....BLT sandwich !   Nowadays, I just eat the tomatoes alone on the sandwich, along with mayonnaise and salt and pepper.

I quickly and very roughly laid in color yesterday in acrylics, but will finish the above 2 paintings in oil with lots of detail.   I also began two other still life paintings as well yesterday which will also be finished in oil paints.  I worked some more on my  4" x 4" water hyacinth yesterday, but I am having trouble with the lavender color .... getting it just right in acrylics is not as easy as with oil paints.   Since it is part of an acrylic set of 4 paintings the same size, I am reluctant to finish the water hyacinth in oils.  Here is a photo of it....remember it is still a work in progress and is rather in a "rough" stage right now.

4" x 4" WIP
Water Hyacinth 
By the way, you may purchase a print of a photo I took of a water hyacinth at the Fine Art America link on this page , above and to the right .    Or  click here instead.      Thank you for viewing my art !

Friday, October 14, 2011

Look What Followed Me Home Today !

Cattleya Orchid Dinard "Blue Heaven"
Reference photo

Yep !  Was out and about today and this beauty somehow followed me home !   It is really a pale lavender color and this one will definitely be painted with oils on a good size canvas.   Well,  12" x16" or 16" x 20" maybe.   I took a few quick photos of it earlier today and will take more photos tomorrow perhaps with some background print material and some still life objects. I did not attempt that today because I painted for awhile.  Below are some other lavender orchids that I photographed at various places on Oahu.   Enjoy!

Truly hope I find time to paint all of the above reference photos.   Let me know if you have any flower photos of your own that you would like me to capture in oils on canvas; send me an email for information.

Today I worked on the 4"x4" water hyacinth and started 2 new miniature still life paintings.   Stay tuned!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

"Did You Say Lavender?" (Waterlily)

"Did  You Say Lavender?"
acrylic on canvas
4" x 4"
Here is the lavender waterlily I promised to post by today.  I worked on it some more today and it is now after 4 pm in Hawaii and I wanted to publish this painting here before I work on other canvases in a few minutes.   I had some trouble getting the color correct and I do believe I am going to switched back to using oils very soon.  
First I want to finish another 4" x 4" acrylic water hyacinth to complete this little set of 4 acrylic miniatures. Below are some of my reference photos I took at various places around Oahu.  

I especially like the top reference photo as promising for a new painting.  Let me know your favorite !

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pink Bliss Ginger - Better, Better

"Pink Bliss"
Reworked and Improved
4" x 4" Acrylic on canvas

Worked on this miniature acrylic painting that I first posted on Sunday, October 9, 2011.  I think it is much improved. Check out the previous post and let me know what you think.

This is one of my reference photos with the pale pink ginger in the foreground.   It was taken at a section of Nuuanu Stream in Honolulu.    I believe this photo would make for a great painting and I hope I have time to do so.   So many photos.... so little time ! :-)

I also worked on a miniature painting of a lavender colored waterlily today and will post it later today or tomorrow. I want to study it and make sure it is "perfect" before I post it here.  

Mahalo for taking the time to view my work !

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Juicy Pink Hibiscus

Juicy Pink Hibiscus
4" x 4"

Here is the miniature hibiscus I promised to post.   It would be a perfect companion to the same size miniature of pink ginger that I recently posted.    It is also on canvas on 3/4 inch stretcher bars and is  painted on the sides if you prefer not to frame it. will make custom frames for this size painting or even much, much smaller; and of course they make larger frames as well.  

Forgot to mention this is also an acrylic painting on canvas.    

I am also working on 2 lavender colored flower paintings this same size:  a water lily and on a separate canvas a water hyacinth.   Please return here soon to see these paintings.

Pale Pink Ginger

Pink Bliss
4" x 4"
Finished this little gem earlier today.  This miniature is on stretched canvas on 3/4 inch stretcher bars.   It is painted on the sides so you don't need a frame unless you want one.     By the way, a wonderful company that makes custom frames  (for the very tiniest of well as larger frames) is or call them at 800.322.5899 .  

Everywhere you go in Hawaii there are beautiful ginger flowers.   I especially enjoy the pale pink variety shown in the painting above.    The rich red ones and the dark pink flowers are equally lovely, however.  

I am pricing this size painting at $70 .    I have also begun a painting of a pale pink Hibiscus blossom this same size.    Check back soon to view it; it would make a perfect companion to "Pink Bliss".

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Landscape Paintings Of New Mexico

Evening - Taos Pueblo
18" x 24" Oil on canvas

This painting is no longer available as it was painted around 1987.   If I had it to do over again, I would not have painted that tree quite so dark and looks almost pasted on.    But it was there in my reference photo so in it went.    The woman was not in the photo; I just made her up out of my imagination.

Stream at Taos Pueblo
12" x 16" Oil on canvas

This painting is in my own collection but now I am thinking I will offer it for sale.   It was painted 2 or 3 years   after the above shown "Evening - Taos Pueblo" .   I am thinking about improving the color in the stream; maybe even working on that tomorrow.  

Rio Grande - South of Taos
12" x 16" Oil on canvas

I completed this painting in February of this year.  This scene is somewhere near Embudo, New Mexico, and what caught my eye was the old wooden suspension bridge.    My reference photos taken years ago, even, can give me excitement and enthusiasm to begin a new painting.  The reference photo for this painting, taken around 10 years ago, is shown below.

Comparing the reference photo here that I took to the painting, you can see I used my artistic license where the use of color is concerned.   Sorry about the scribbles in the upper right hand corner of this photo; I had written information on the backside of this photo and over time it seeped through to be visible on the image.

I have more reference photos I have taken of my travels in New Mexico.   It is a very special place and even though I appreciate the Hawaiian climate,  I wouldn't mind living in New Mexico in a couple of areas where there is snow in the winter.   

Remember, if you have a special photo of your own that you would like to have turned into a painting, I do commissions of your favorite vacation spot, your home, your garden flowers, etc.    

Hopefully I will complete a new painting soon.   Please check back!  As I mentioned previously, tomorrow I may work on that Taos Stream  painting shown above. 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Leeward Oahu Seascapes - Photos

The above reference photos are some I took on the Leeward coast of Oahu not too long ago.   I hope to paint them before too long.    I have so many references photos that I realize I will never be able to paint from them all.    Speaking of painting, there has been some personal business lately that has interfered with my painting time.   Hopefully I will be back at the easel very soon.    Below are some photos taken at Barbers Point on the Leeward coast of Oahu.

The lighthouse will definitely be painted very soon !   Well, Lord willing that is .    We just never know what tomorrow holds, so it is best to take it one day at a time.  Have goals and plans, yes, but realize time and circumstances may make some things impossible. .... or possible !

Let me know which reference photo is your favorite.   Thank you for visiting and please return soon !