Monday, January 30, 2012

Jubilant (Children On The Beach)

8" x 10" Oil on gessobord

I photographed these children at a beach here on Oahu.  The little girl was positively jubilant, half dancing and half leaping and the expression on her face was precious.   I made the figures too small to see their expressions, but I wanted to show them against the vastness of the ocean.  Maybe another time I will paint a close up of the girl.   The seagulls I painted from reference photos of black-headed gulls (laughing gulls) that I photographed on Padre Island, Texas.    There are no seagulls in Hawaii, but I felt the painting needed them.

Seagulls are mostly scavengers and found along major continental coasts and inland waters where they find their food; they cannot feed in the open ocean like terns and some other seabirds.  Gulls sometimes visit Hawaii, perhaps during migration periods, but they soon leave for lack of proper habitat.   Just another note, there are no squirrels here either.   

Thank you for stopping by to visit !

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Work In Progress - Horses at South Padre Island

Work in Progress - Horses at South Padre Island
8" x 16" oil on canvas on panel

There will be more horses on the dunes in this painting when it is finished.  I am rather happy with this beginning.   South Padre Island, Texas, holds many memories for me.  Below are a couple of reference photos for this painting that I took a few years ago.  I had believed and posted earlier that these photos were taken at North Padre Island, but a friend who was on the trip with me assured me recently that it was South Padre Island.

I am working on other paintings as well right now.   Please visit again soon !

Saturday, January 28, 2012

A Good Day At Kailua Beach

"A Good Day At Kailua Beach"
16" x 20" Acrylic on canvas

Kailua Beach has been called one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.   It is very inspiring to me as an artist and I must return there soon.   I have many reference photographs I have taken of the area already, but there are still endless possibilities for new paintings to be found at Kailua Beach, located on Oahu.  So much inspiration, so little time !     :-)

Studio:   Carol Reynolds
              P O Box 22246
              Honolulu, Hawaii  96823-2246

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Garden Along The Strand

"Garden Along The Strand"
9" x 12" Acrylic on canvas

The Strand is a famous walkway along the "Beach Cities" south of Los Angeles.   Beautiful homes are along one side of the Strand and the owners plant gardens on the other side of the walkway and it makes for wonderful scenes to paint.   I spent some time in Los Angeles and visited the beach cities often.   This scene is part of Manhattan Beach, California.    

Thank you for visiting today!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Peonies and More Peonies !

"Peony Delight"
6" x 12" Oil on canvas

This was a delight to paint!   Peonies are so regal and in my book are the "queen" of flowers.   They have been cultivated in China for more than 2000 years and are the floral symbol of that country.  Romans first brought peonies to England about the year 1200.   

Below is a considerably better photograph of the painting "Glorious Abundance" which I first posted on Sunday, January 22, 2012.  

"Glorious Abundance"
16" x 20" Oil on canvas

It is difficult for all the true colors in the white peonies to show up in the photograph, but this image above is pretty close.   

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Studio:   Carol Reynolds
              P O Box 22246
              Honolulu, Hawaii 96823-2246

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tropical Patterns With Limes and Plums

"Tropical Patterns With Limes and Plums"
12" x 16" Oil on gallery wrap canvas

This was so enjoyable to paint.   I need to buy more material in a variety of printed designs so I can use it for  backgrounds for future paintings.  Hope you enjoy !  

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

We Four (Red and White Tulips)

"We Four"
6" x 12" oil on canvas

This painting is rather a bold statement, but that is the effect I wanted.  I hope to paint more tulips soon, maybe some soft pink ones.   Everyone must realize that tulips do not grow in Hawaii's tropical climate, but I buy them from the florist to paint and just enjoy their beauty for a few days in my home.   I planted several varieties of tulips in my garden when I lived in New England, as well as crocus and daffodils.  What a pretty sight every Spring !

Studio:   Carol Reynolds
              P O Box 22246
              Honolulu, Hawaii 96823-2246

Glorious Abundance - Peonies

"Glorious Abundance"
16" x 20" Oil on canvas

Peonies are a favorite flower of mine, but of course they do not grow in a tropical climate like Hawaii so I have to buy cut flowers from the florist to enjoy and paint.   When I lived in New England I had several peonies in my flower garden.  

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Golden Glow (Yellow and White Plumeria)

"Golden Glow" 
Yellow and White Plumeria blossoms - Work in Progress
12" x 12" oil on stretched canvas

This painting is almost finished.... need to tweak it a bit with some lavender-blue shadows on the flowers.  If I did that now while the yellow paint is still wet,  the lavender-blue would turn a greenish mud color.  Check back for the completed painting!  I enjoy painting plumeria blossoms and intend to work on more of them in the near future.  

I am also working on a couple of other paintings right now that I am pretty excited about.  I feel so blessed to be able to paint, which I love to do and I derive much satisfaction from a successful painting.   

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Joyous Celebration (African Tulip Tree)

"Joyous Celebration"
20" x 24" Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas

The beautiful and intense color of the African Tulip Tree blossoms is truly a joy to behold.   They were introduced to Hawaii as ornamental landscape trees, but some have found their way into "the wild" and are a threat to native species.   Below is the reference photo for the above painting.

I decided to not put the praying mantis shown in this photo in the painting.   That particular insect is very creepy to me !

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Studio :   Carol Reynolds
               P O Box 22246
               Honolulu, Hawaii 96823-2246

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Breakfast At Morning Brew

"Breakfast At Morning Brew"
5" x 7 " oil on canvas on panel

This was a quick and fun oil sketch completed today.   Morning Brew is a popular coffee shop in Kailua on Oahu.   I had been taking photos of Hamakua Marsh and the wildlife found there and decided to have breakfast at Morning Brew before visiting Kailua Beach to take more photographs.   

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Claude Monet, French Impressionist - Videos

Claude Monet, the founder of French Impressionism, is another favorite artist of mine.  He lived from 1840 to 1926, and probably is most famous for his paintings of waterlilies.  I thought you might enjoy the above video of his work.  Below is a film clip taken of him painting in his gardens.

I have been working on 4 different paintings at once, and will be posting new work very soon.   Stay tuned!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Tucumcari Mountain - New Mexico

"Tucumcari Mountain"
12" x 16" oil on stretched canvas

Tucumcari Mountain is outside the city of Tucumcari, New Mexico.   I traveled through there several years ago and this is the result of some photos I shot.    If you Google Tucumcari Mountain there is an interesting legend on Wikipedia of how the mountain (really a mesa) got its name.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Extreme Makeover - Pink Plumeria

"Think Pink - Plumeria"
12" x 12" Oil on stretched canvas

Well, extreme to me.   Last September I posted this painting as an acrylic and it has bothered me every since.  I just was not happy with the painting the more I looked at it.    Finally it dawned on me it was simply not finished yet.  I went over it in oils the past couple of days and I am much happier with it.   To see the original version you may click here  .   The above photograph of the painting was taken outdoors.  Below is a photo of it shot indoors before it got daylight this morning.

You can easily see how the lighting makes a difference in the two photos.   By the way, plumeria blossoms are a favorite for the locals to make into leis. 

Please contact me for purchase information.   Also, I paint commissions of just about any subject except I do not paint portraits of people; if you have a favorite photo of a flower,your garden, or your home, etc., email me an image and we will talk.   

Studio:  Carol Reynolds
             P O Box 22246
             Honolulu, Hawaii 96823-2246

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tropical Beauty - Singapore Plumeria

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

I worked on this some this morning; may "tweak" it a bit more later, but basically it is finished.  

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Taos Mountain

"Taos Mountain"
12" x 16" Oil on stretched canvas

Taos is very special to me and I intend to go back there again someday.  I have had this painting in my own collection for sometime now and decided to make it available for sale.   I am considering painting more scenes of New Mexico very soon.  

Studio:  Carol Reynolds
             P O Box 22246
             Honolulu, HI  96823-2246

Thursday, January 5, 2012


6" x 8" Oil on linen panel 

This painting was completed today, Thursday.   I added the birds at the last, and they seem to add balance to the piece.  In the painting, the bluebonnets are not quite as bright as this photograph depicts them.  Below is the reference photo I took somewhere in Texas.

I almost used the yellow flowers alone with no bluebonnets in the painting, but in the end the bluebonnets won out.   As you can tell, I made some changes in the painting and did not go exactly by the photo.

I have begun working on 3 paintings of flowers today....for a change of pace.   Please check by real soon for the new work.  

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Camille Pissarro - French Impressionist

I wanted to share this video of some of Camille Pissarro's paintings.  He was a French Impressionist that lived from 1830 to 1903.   As a teenage artist myself, I would check out books at the Library on French Impressionists and literally pour over them for hours and hours and was very much inspired by their works.  Pissarro was one of my favorites.   I know you will enjoy this video.

Life has interfered with my painting the past few days but I should post a new painting in the next day or two.