Thursday, May 31, 2012

Flowering Trees In Hawaii (Photos)

Royal Poinciana Blossoms

Royal Poinciana Tree In Makiki park on Oahu

The Royal Poinciana trees are so beautiful and they are planted as decorative landscaping trees just about everywhere you look.  I hope to sometime paint the tree in a landscape or seascape, as well as paint a close-up of the gorgeous blossoms.   Below are photos of the the yellow version of Poinciana.

Sometimes I think there are more flowering trees in these islands than smaller plants like Hibiscus.  There is always something in bloom here and that makes me a happy camper.   Below is a close-up of the Rainbow shower tree flowers.

Rainbow Shower Tree

These are beautiful trees and they bloom profusely.   I must make time to paint these flowers as well. 

These flowering trees were found in the quaint artsy town of Haleiwa on the North Shore of Oahu. I hope you enjoyed these photographs and there are other trees like the plumeria that I will talk about another time.

 I must go on another photo shoot soon.  I have been home painting constantly except today and tomorrow there are other activities that will interfere with my painting time.  I intend to paint tonight, however, and hopefully tomorrow night as well.    Wish I could train my cat to do housework and other chores    ;-)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunflower In Ball Jar

"Sunflower In Ball Jar"
9" x 12" oil on gallery wrap canvas 

This sunflower painting was a joy to work on.   I've had the blue Ball canning jar for a long time, but this was my first time to paint it.   The sunflower I actually found already cut and abandoned when I checked my Post Office Box one day.   I knew right away I would paint it and use the Ball jar as a vase.

Below are photos of this painting's development.
Stage 1 - Work In Progress

Stage 2 - Work In Progress

Thank you for viewing my art !

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sunflowers At North Padre Island (Seascape)

"Sunflowers At North Padre Island"
16" x 20" oil on canvas

This was a first for me: to see sunflowers blooming at the beach!  This oil seascape is of North Padre Island, Texas, and is not available for sale.   However, prints of this work are available at Fine Art America here
Other paintings and also my photographs are available as prints and note cards by visiting here     If you click on the "Prints" link at the top of this blog, you will be able to view a small sampling of available prints of my work.

Thank you for visiting and I am painting as fast as I can, which is slow compared to many other artists.   I don't usually finish a painting in one sitting; I paint in stages and let previous layers of paint dry before going over it again with fresh oil color.    Many of you who follow this blog have viewed my photos of works in progress and are familiar with the way I work.  

Back to the easel !

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

After The Rain (Western Landscape)

"After The Rain"
8" x 16" oil on canvas

This western oil landscape is based on a reference photograph I took while traveling some time ago.   The reference photo and the work in progress may be viewed by going here   The horse and the barns are rather typical, so I added some rain puddles for more interest.   

Please visit again soon as I have other paintings going right now in various stages of development.  

Sunday, May 20, 2012

South Padre Island Splendor (Seascape)

"South Padre Island Splendor"
16" x 20" oil on canvas 

This is a seascape of South Padre Island, Texas.  I put my heart into this painting and at the present time do not wish to offer it for sale.   However, prints are available of this work at Fine Art America by going here   I have other paintings offered as prints at that site as well; view by clicking here  .  You may see a small sampling of my prints by clicking on the link "Prints" at the top of this page.     

Thank you for viewing my art.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Work In Progress And A Fantastic Plein Air System

This landscape reference photograph was first posted here on Tuesday, May 12, 2012 and I thought I would give you an update on the progress of the painting which is shown below. 

Work In Progress, Stage 2
8" x 16" Oil on canvas

I thought some of you might like to see my well used easel      ;-)    I changed the composition quite a bit from the reference photograph. Right now I still intend to include some horses or maybe only one horse.     Below is a photo of the first rough lay-in of oil color.

I am pretty excited about the Coulter Plein Air System  .   If you go to that link there is information about James M. Coulter's art box and links to videos about the set-up of the system.   Or go here for the videos.  The mixing area  for your paints on the standard plein air system is a large 12" x 16" and has a couple of "trays" on either side of it.  Check it out !

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Haleiwa Palm Tree

"Haleiwa Palm Tree"
12" x 6" oil on canvas 

This oil landscape is a scene in Haleiwa on the North Shore of Oahu.  It is a charming artsy town with art galleries and a great family beach and park.    Yesterday I posted the beginning stages of this painting and today I worked on it straight through to completion.   

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Palm Trees, Dental Floss, And Works In Progress

Reference photo of Haleiwa, Oahu

What do palm trees, dental floss, and my recent works in progress have in common?  Lots!   Below is a rough lay-in of oil color on canvas of the above scene.

12" x 6" oil on canvas
work in progress

I did some research on the internet trying to find out what kind of palm tree that was with the white "flowers" on it, but soon realized that with nearly 3000 different species of palm trees throughout the world, my search   might take days and I would never get this blog post finished tonight !  I feel good about this initial color sketch and believe this painting will flow with ease.   By the way, that reddish color is not regular burnt sienna but Daniel Smith's Quinacridone Sienna which I prefer to use now.  I have all of the Daniel Smith Quinacridone colors in oil, acrylic, and watercolor and I highly recommend them.  Another interesting earth color by this manufacturer is Sedona Genuine; I have not checked their catalog lately but I hope they still make that color as I use it fairly often in landscapes.

About the dental floss, it is one of many things made from the palm tree.   Other uses include shoe polish, surfboard wax and on and on.   Below is another landscape I am working on at present along with the reference photograph I took while in a moving vehicle.  I wish I could remember where this scene was located. 

My reference photo
rough color sketch
8" x 16" oil

I may only put a portion of the fence in my painting. The three horses need to go back farther into the middle ground.   I suppose it is obvious that I compose as I go, rearranging and experimenting all the while.  Each artist has their own way of working; I never make a complete sketch before I begin laying in color, unless I am working in watercolor, then I partially sketch the subject.   

Thank you for visiting my blog and please return again soon to view the progress on these and other paintings.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Diamond Head Lighthouse Oahu (Re-visited)

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

Diamond Head Lighthouse is a short drive or walk from Waikiki Beach if you are near Kapiolani Park.  I have painted this lighthouse previously as a miniature.   The Hawaiian name for Diamond Head is Leahi .  Maybe next time I paint this lighthouse seascape it will be at sunset or sunrise.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Blushing Tulips With Blue Iris

"Blushing Tulips With Blue Iris"
9" x 12" oil on gallery wrap canvas

Fresh on the easel !   I finished painting this a few minutes ago; the background is not quite as yellow as this image makes it seem.   These white, blushed with pink, tulips were so delicate and beautiful; I must paint more tulips very soon .   The sides of this canvas are painted also, so it does not need to be framed although I always prefer to recommend framing a painting.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sunset At Ko'Olina (Oahu)

"Sunset At Ko'Olina"
5" x 7" oil on canvas on panel

I seem to be drawn to paint  more sunset seascapes lately. This is another study for a future larger painting.   Ko'Olina is a Marriott Resort Hotel on the leeward side of Oahu in Kapolei.   It is a pleasure to visit there and take photographs for future marine paintings.    

Friday, May 4, 2012

Barber's Point Lighthouse - Oahu

"Barber's Point Lighthouse"
5" x 7" oil on canvas on panel

Barber's Point Lighthouse sits on the southwest tip of the island of Oahu outside of Kalaeloa.  It is about a 40 minute drive from Waikiki.   The lighthouse is 71 feet high and this is my first attempt to paint it.   I was there at sunset and the sky was just beautiful.   My original intention was to paint a much larger canvas and I hope to do that soon; just wanted to try a small study first.   

Thank you for viewing my art.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Works In Progress and Handy Studio Tool

This photo gives you an idea of how I set up my easel to work.  That is a well used piece of cardboard that rests on the easel and I stick my reference photos on it using UHU tac, a removable adhesive putty.  There may be other brands of the product, but that is the only kind I can find in Honolulu.   On the bottom are two oil seascapes (5"x7") that I will finish soon.  The two tulip and japanese iris photos above are references to the first lay-in of color on the 9"x12" oil shown below.

Work In Progress
9"x12" oil on gallery wrap canvas

Do you artists ever find that sometimes paint tube lids get "stuck" and are difficult to open?  For really tough cases I have lit a match and put the flame around the lid to loosen any dried paint that is causing the lid to not open.   A handy tool to keep in the studio to solve this problem is shown below.

Yep, it's a nutcracker !  It really makes life easier in the studio.