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.