Thursday, December 27, 2012

Autumn Of Our Life

"Autumn Of  Our Life - Ecclesiastes 9:9"
12" x 16" Oil on panel 

This oil landscape is the first painting in my series concerning the paths people take in life and the good or bad consequences thereof.    I promise I will, for the most part, concentrate on the good.   :-)       I try to capture beauty in my work; there is enough bad in the world without portraying it on canvas.   The obvious beauty here is the Fall foliage ; the other beautiful thing is a married couple still in love and together in the autumn of their years.   

My reference photo for this painting was taken at the Washington Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Seattle a few years ago.  There really was an older couple in my photograph, but I changed them up a bit with their clothing in the painting.   

"Stand by the roads and look; and ask for the eternal paths, where the good, old way is; then walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls."  Jeremiah 6:16

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

They Board Horses Don't They

"They Board Horses Don't They"
8" x 16" oil on panel
$ 1275

This oil landscape was inspired by a visit to Kawailoa Ranch on the North Shore of Oahu.  It is just outside the quaint artsy town of Haleiwa and near "Turtle Beach" (Laniakea) .   One of the trees on this property was featured on the TV show Lost.  

It is great to be painting again after back pain kept me from the easel for a few days.  I will go back to working on a Fall landscape next; check back soon.   

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Outta Whack

Lesser Flamingo
Photo by Carol Reynolds  

This lesser flamingo photo rather shows how I have been feeling lately; I was going strong with my painting and then my back went outta whack!   Stay tuned for more paintings soon.   I will attempt to paint tomorrow; I am almost finished with one landscape and have another one off to a good start.   

Speaking of landscape paintings, on Matthew Innis' blog he has an informative article about  an excellent young artist, Dan Schultz, which shows a step-by-step procedure of a painting in progress to its completion, as well as other works by this artist now residing in Ojai , California.   I am always curious about what colors  other artists use, and the article gives Schultz's palette as well.  I personally should use a more limited palette, but I positively love color and enjoy trying various new colors from time to time so I have a wide assortment to chose from.   Check out

Saturday, December 8, 2012

December Art Sale - "Seeing Red" (Still Life)

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

I had a grand time with this oil painting of a red tulip and red striped material.   Looking at it again makes me want to paint another still life, but currently I am working on two landscapes that I hope to complete soon.

This is the last painting offered in the December Art Sale.   All paintings will remain the same sale price through the month of December, and those not sold will revert back to their original higher price beginning January 1. 

Please contact me at  to purchase this or any other painting on this blog.  There is more contact information on the "Contact and Purchase" link above.

Friday, December 7, 2012

December Art Sale - "Got The Blues" (Seascape)

"Got The Blues"
5" x 7" Oil on canvas

This oil seascape is typical of the Hawaiian islands and is based on one of my reference photos taken on Oahu.  I love to watch the waves crash against the rocks and hear the sounds of the surf.   Such power !

Thursday, December 6, 2012

December Art Sale - "Mother's Help" (Beach Scene)

"Mother's Help"
10" x 8" oil on canvas

This oil beach scene of a mother and son was such a joy to paint.  I intend to paint more people-filled beaches in the future.  Remember that the December Art Sale Prices are good until December 31, after which these paintings will go back to their original higher price.

Please email me at if you would like to purchase this painting.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

December Art Sale - "Tropical Beauty - Singapore Plumeria"

"Tropical Beauty - Singapore Plumeria"
9" x 12" oil on gallery wrap canvas

There are plumeria trees galore in the Hawaiian islands!   I love them all.   This oil painting of Singapore Plumeria is on gallery wrap canvas, with the sides painted as well so it may be hung unframed if desired.  Please email me if interested in this work, or if you have any questions.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December Art Sale - Koi And Waterlily Paintings

"Seven Koi Among Seven Waterlilies"
6" x 6" Acrylic on canvas

"Three Koi And White Waterlilies"
6" x 6" Acrylic on canvas

I am offering two paintings today in the December Art Sale because they make such a nice set if you would like to purchase both of them for $400.   Otherwise, they are $225 each.  They are on stretched canvas and the sides are also painted so you may display them unframed if you wish, although they are more elegant when framed.
Although I prefer to send you an invoice via PayPal, I will accept personal checks (USA).   Please email me at if you would like to make a purchase.  Other contact information for me is found at the "Contact and Purchase Link" above.

Monday, December 3, 2012

December Art Sale - Diamond Head Lighthouse And Beach

"Diamond Head Lighthouse And Beach"
9" x 12" acrylic on canvas

Diamond Head Lighthouse is a short distance from Waikiki Beach on Oahu.   This is one of my more impressionistic works; sometimes when I stress color in a painting it will take on a more "painterly" look than my tighter realistic ones.

Again, this is a special price for the entire month of December, after which- if the painting is not sold -it will revert back to its original price.  Email me at  with your information and I will send you a PayPal invoice if you would like to purchase this painting.   

Sunday, December 2, 2012

December Art Sale - "Near Monterey" (Seascape)

"Near Monterey"
8" x 10" Acrylic on canvas

This acrylic seascape is of an area outside of Monterey, California.   I used my artistic license and added the woman and extra seagulls.   California was very special to me (still is), but this was painted before I moved to Hawaii and experienced its awesome beauty.   

Please email me if interested in purchasing this painting at this special price during the month of December  and I will send you an invoice through PayPal.  Also, view my contact page on this blog for more information on how to get in touch with me.   Again, shipping is free if you live within the USA.   

Saturday, December 1, 2012

December Art Sale ("Unexpected Encounter" - Landscape With Deer)

"Unexpected Encounter"
9" x 12" acrylic on paper
Sale $175

I had a wonderful time exploring color in this scene on the outskirts of Salt Lake City. The deer just seemed to fit perfectly with the Wasatch Mountains.     Email me your information if interested in purchasing this painting and I will send you an invoice via PayPal.   Once payment is received I will send the artwork promptly to you with free shipping if you live within the USA.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Promise (Nevada Oil Landscape)

8" x 10" oil on panel

This oil landscape is based on an area outside of Henderson, Nevada, which is a suburb of Las Vegas.   There really was a rainbow in my reference photograph.   


Friday, November 16, 2012

Paths And Gardens (Landscape Photographs)

"Stand by the roads and look; and ask for the eternal paths, where the good, old way is; then walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls...." Jeremiah 6:16

The above reference photos of mine were taken a few years ago at Bandelier National Park in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  The park is on the slopes of the Jemez mountains and covers 33,000 acres.  I have several more photographs I shot of the area, and like I always say "I hope to paint these soon".    :-)    I have been seriously considering how often times people take the wrong path in life -- or the right path -- and the consequences.  This has inspired me to start a new series soon depicting paths in my paintings.   Stay tuned !  Right now I am painting two landscapes, one of Hawaii and another of Nevada, and I am pretty excited about them and will finish them soon so check back often.   Below is my reference photograph of a path at Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle.

I often visited this 230 acre park which is on the shores of Lake Washington.  Fall is such a wonderful season to spend time there.   Below are a couple of garden shots I (again) "Hope to paint soon."

The two shots above were taken in the Japanese Garden section of Washington Park Arboretum.   

I must get some sleep now so I will be fresh and energetic to work on two landscapes tomorrow.  Have a great weekend everyone !

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Plumbago At Kawailoa Ranch (Hawaiian Landscape)

"Flowers are the music of the ground, from earth's lips, spoken without a sound."  - Edwin Curran

"Plumbago At Kawailoa Ranch"
9" x 12" oil on panel

This oil painting of horses and blue plumbago flowers is of Kawailoa Ranch on the North Shore of Oahu.  It is right outside of the quaint town of Haleiwa, near Laniakea (or "Turtle") Beach.   I have taken many reference photographs of the area and will be painting more scenes from this ranch, which primarily boards horses.  Plumbago flowers bloom year round here in Hawaii on an evergreen shrub.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Banyan Trees And Other Things To Paint (Photos)

This photo of mine was taken in Waikiki of one of the many banyan trees to be found there.  I fully intend to paint this scene before too long.  It rather has a message, don't you think ?   Earlier, I posted to my photography blog and gave some detailed information about banyan trees if you would like to take a look.

Above are 3 photos (which would be great references for new paintings) of my daughter-in-law at Chun's Reef on the North Shore of Oahu.   She did not pose for me; I took the photos without her knowledge which always results in a better shot.   

Perfect rainbow at Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu.   For the first time in my life I saw "the end of the rainbow"  up close  in the shot below at Waimea Bay.

After quickly taking this photo I walked about 8 feet or so to the end of the rainbow, but there was no pot of gold to be found.   :-)     And the rainbow disappeared as soon as I reached it.    

I am posting these photographs because I have been told not to paint for a couple of days -- doctor's orders after a minor procedure today at the clinic.   I will be so happy to paint non-stop again once all of these appointments, etc., are done with.    

Please return soon and Mahalo for visiting !

Friday, November 2, 2012

Announcing New Wood Duck And Garden Prints

"Oh So Blue" - Wood Duck
12" x 16" acrylic on panel

This original acrylic painting is still available for purchase.  It had been posted on this blog previously, but now I am announcing that prints are available of this image at Fine Art America.  For those not familiar with FAA, they do an excellent job of prints on demand : your preferred size, whether a paper print or on stretched canvas, as well as note cards.

Below are two more paintings now available as prints for the first time.

"Descanso Gardens Flower Cart"
8" x 10" oil on panel

"Rodeo Wagon"
8" x 10" oil on panel

The prices on the above three works are for the original paintings.   The prints available at Fine Art America are priced considerably less than that.   Check out my site there !

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Horse Farm - Work In Progress and Photo

This photograph is a reference for an oil painting I began this morning.   It is a horse farm on the North Shore of Oahu, just after leaving Haleiwa Beach.   Below is the beginning stages of the painting.

Work In Progress
9" x 12" oil on panel

Yes, I will include the flowers and the mailboxes in the final stages of the painting. There was also some deep pink bougainvillea along the fence farther to the right that I might include as well as, or instead of, the pale blue flowers shown in the photo above.
I also began another oil painting of the same area last night, reference photo below. 

Stayed tuned for the completed paintings!   Thank you for stopping by to visit my blog.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

New Prints Of My Oil Paintings

I have had appointments and obligations that have hindered my painting the past few days, but I have managed to squeeze in some time on other art related chores.   Below are two of my oil paintings that I posted on Fine Art America this morning that may be purchased as print on demand paper prints, on stretched canvas, and as note cards.   For more information on the various sizes and so forth, go here

"Glory On The Beach"
8" x 10" oil on panel

The original painting above is still available for purchase; please contact me at
if interested.   I accept time payments on purchases of $500 or more.

"Blue Heaven"
12" x 12" oil on panel

This oil painting of Dinard's Blue Heaven Cattleya orchid is also available and you may contact me at to purchase.  Again, time payments are welcome.

In addition to the above paintings, I have many more available as prints which you can view at Fine Art America.   Some of my photography is featured as well at that link.   

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sailing At Dawn's Full Moon - Seascape

"Sailing At Dawn's Full Moon"
6" x 6" oil on panel

This sailboat was near Waikiki.  I guess it is obvious I seem to be in a seascape painting mood lately.
Feel free to contact me at about this or other paintings.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Evening Light - Hawaii Seascape

"Evening Light"
6" x 6" Oil on panel 

This scene is on the leeward coast of Oahu at Ko' Olina resort.   I used a little artistic license with the house in the right mid-ground, otherwise it is true to the actual place.  

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tropical Shores (Re-worked) - Seascape

"Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, 'You owe me.'  Look what happens with a love like that, it lights up the whole sky."  - Hafiz

"Tropical Shores"
5" x 7" oil on panel 

This oil seascape cried out to be improved from a previous post   This ocean scene is totally from my imagination although it is typical of Hawaii and other tropical beaches.   The blues are not quite as intense in the original painting as this image depicts.   
For more information or to purchase this painting, please email me at

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Moonlight Drama - Seascape

"Moonlight Drama"
6" x 6" oil on gessobord panel

It was difficult to accurately photograph the various blues in this oil seascape, but this image is pretty close.  Blue seems to be the only color my camera has "issues" with   :-)     I will be working on several 6" x 6" paintings for awhile, with a larger work now and then.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Almost Heaven - Seascape painting

"Almost Heaven"
6" x 6" oil on gessobord panel 

This is a scene of the beach at Chun's Reef, on the North Shore of Oahu.  It was a breezy day with fantastic clouds.   Clouds inspire me almost as much as the ocean does.   

Saturday, September 15, 2012

By The Light Of The Moon - Black-Crowned Night Heron

"By The Light Of The Moon"
8" x 10" oil on gessobord panel

I took the reference photo of this Black-Crowned night heron at Barking Sands Beach on the island of Kauai.   It was broad daylight and there was no moon out.   While painting this, I considered adding more branches to the tree with some in front of the moon; then I decided I liked the simplicity of it without the extra tree branches.  

Monday, September 3, 2012

Mother's Help - (Beach Scene -Reworked)

"Mother's Help" (Reworked)
10" x 8" Acrylic on canvas
I reworked this older painting today, softening and refining the skin tones as well as the clothing, and I am much happier with it now.  


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Double Trouble - Red Jungle Fowl Oil Painting

"Double Trouble"
16" x 20" Oil on gessobord panel

I completed this painting this morning after working on it for two weeks straight.   Please email me if interested in purchasing .    

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Red Jungle Fowl Oil Painting ( Work In Progress)

Work In Progress
Red Jungle Fowl
16" x 20" Oil on gessobord panel
This oil painting of Hawaiian Red Jungle Fowl is what I have been working on all this past week.  It still needs a lot of work to bring it to completion, but I wanted to share with you what I have been up to.     Below are various stages of the painting's development.
Stage One  - Work In Progress
After completely covering the panel in a thin coat of acrylic pyrrol red, I roughly laid in the composition with splashes of color.  
Stage Two  -Work In Progress
Stage Three - Work In Progress
Acrylic and Oil
In stage three I began using oil paints, mostly in the background trees and foliage.   The reddish burgandy plants are native Ti or Tea Leaf foliage plants.  I have one on my patio and they come in various shades of red, green, and varigated leaves.  
Please return soon for the completed painting of Hawaiian Red Jungle Fowl.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Wake-Up Songs (House Finch Reworked)

"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." - Lou Holtz

"Wake-Up Songs"
9" x 12" Acrylic on canvas (re-worked)

This is an older painting that I worked on this morning to correct the bird's anatomy and color.   I am much happier with this little house finch now.    There are several palm trees outside my studio and several house finches sing away in the early morning; especially when the palms bear their "fruit", which they like to eat.
These birds were introduced to Hawaii from California sometime before 1870.

Below is one of my reference photos for another painting in progress right now.

These are wild Hawaiian Red Jungle fowl found throughout the islands.   Please return soon to see the completed painting.  

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Blue Heaven (Orchid painting )

"Flowers are the music of the ground; From earth's lips, spoken without a sound."  - Edwin Curran

"Blue Heaven"
12" x 12" oil on gessobord panel

This oil painting of Dinard Blue Heaven Cattleya orchid was finished this afternoon.  It was a joy to work on it, and hopefully I will do a larger version with four blossoms in the near future.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Dinard Blue Heaven - Stage 2 Work In Progress

"Hurry? I never hurry.  I have no time to hurry."  - Composer Igor Stravinsky

Dinard Blue Heaven
Work In Progress- Stage 2
12" x 12" oil on gessobord panel

This cattleya orchid is taking some time to complete.  It will need to dry before I work on it again.   As much as I would like to complete a painting in one sitting, most of the time it is my habit to work in stages and not hurry.  Stay tuned for the completed work.   

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Dinard Blue Heaven Orchid (Work In Progress)

The above reference photograph is of the gorgeous pale blue to lavender cattleya orchid Dinard Blue Heaven.   I fell in love with it at first sight and after bringing it home took over 100 reference photos of it.  Today I began a rough lay-in of oil color on a panel and you can see the work in progress below.

12" x 12" oil on panel
Work in progress

It looks pretty rough right now, but my aim was to first cover the panel completely with color.  The details will appear as the work progresses.   To view more photos of this orchid on a prior post, go here.