Wednesday, December 29, 2010

JUST A LAZY K-BAY DAY

"Just A Lazy K-Bay Day"
20x24 Palette Knife Painting
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Once in a while, I like to take a day to just play “tourist” and drive around the island, stopping at the wonderful little fruit stands for some fresh coconut, or visiting the North Shore beaches, which seem so far away, but in all actuality it is not more than a 2 hour drive from one side of the island to the other.

As you head up the east side, you pass Kaneohe Bay. Being on the windward side, the water is usually a bit choppy and rather murky, not the crystal clear turquoise seas you are used to seeing on Oahu. But Kaneohe Bay still has a certain allure to it. A small anchored dinghy that bobs gently at high tide will actually be resting on the muddy sand at low tide, quite a peculiar sight!!

The breeze blows through the gorgeous palms and you just get the feeling of a happy lazy “no work” day. The beautiful Koolau mountain range, and Chinaman’s Hat in the distance, remind you that you still have more sights to see as you pull away from “K-Bay” and head further on your tropic island tour.

MAHALO for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM HAWAII !!!


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Friday, December 24, 2010

SAIL AWAY FOR THE DAY


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Even those that are lucky enough to live in a lovely little tiki shack on a perfect tropic South Seas Island, find the need to get away once in a while. They pack up a lunch, and head out to another beautiful island that may not be all that far away, but feels a world away once you are there. And after spending a fun filled day in this tropical heaven, they are always glad they have their own Island Paradise to return back home to.

"Sail Away For The Day" is a 12 x 24 original oil palette knife painting. It is a diptych done on two 12 x 12 canvases.

MAHALO for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM HAWAII !!!


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Thursday, December 16, 2010

MAKAPU'U ON MY MIND

"Makapu'u On My Mind"
8x10 Palette Knife Painting
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Driving along the east side of Oahu, from Sandy Beach towards Kailua, you climb the hill, come around the bend, and are instantly rewarded with one of the most stunning views on this Island. The Makapu’u coastline with Rabbit Island standing out among the most beautiful turquoise water makes my heart jump every time! With white foaming surf rolling into the shore, and the swaying palm trees lining the beach park, this is a view I never tire of no matter how many times I drive this road. It is truly spectacular!

"Makapu’u On My Mind" is an 8 x 10 original oil palette knife painting.

MAHALO for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM HAWAII !!!


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Monday, December 6, 2010

HOME FOR DINNER

A beautiful little wooden canoe safely carries it’s passengers back to their Island home, after a long day on the crystal blue waters of the South Pacific. And now is the time for the feast of the wonderful treasures the ocean has provided them this day!

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“Home For Dinner”
is one of my original 11x14 palette knife paintings.

Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork!

ALOHA FROM HAWAII!

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Monday, November 22, 2010

SECRET VALLEY FALLS


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"Secret Valley Falls"
20x10 Palette Knife Painting

Deep in the lush tropical landscape of the islands, there are still hidden sights to be discovered by only the lucky few who take the time to seek them out. As dusk sets in on this lush valley, the thunderous sound becomes louder and louder, as we reach the sight of a perfect ending to a perfect day in Paradise!

MAHALO for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM HAWAII !


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Monday, November 15, 2010

MORNING SHOREBREAK

I love to sit on the beach at sunrise and watch the powerful waves roll in.
They crash along the jagged cliffs, as they make their way to the sandy shoreline, only to wash back out to sea again.
Yet with all their force and might, there is a very calming effect as their white foam dances along the beach.

"Morning Shorebreak"
is a 16x20 original oil palette knife painting.
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MAHALO for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM HAWAII !!!


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Monday, October 4, 2010

SUNSET HUT

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"Sunset Hut"
11 x 14 palette knife painting

One of my favorite subjects to paint are the little tiki huts of my imagination.

MAHALO for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM HAWAII !!!


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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

PLANTATION PARADISE


ALOHA!!!
Welcome to my Island Dream Life.

This is one of my original mini oil paintings, titled
"Plantation Paradise"
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A cozy setting, nestled in the lush tropical vegetation which includes the symbolic palm trees that thrive in the rich volcanic mountain soil of these Islands. Here is a view you will never grow tired of.

Although they are becoming rare, you can still come across these charming little Plantation Style Cottages in Hawaii.

An absolute Paradise!!!

MAHALO for taking the time to view my artwork!

ALOHA FROM HAWAII!!!!!


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Sunday, July 25, 2010

PARADISE FOUND


What a great way to start a Sunday morning - a fabulous treasury called "Paradise Found" created by Nardie's Art To Wear.

I just listed "Tropic Jungle Home" and was thrilled to see that it had been included in this fantastic collection of tropic scenes.

I don't think I have ever spent as much time browsing through a treasury as I did this one. Each piece fascinated me. They are all so different, yet also alike. I visited each and every shop, and found that I had become quite sidetracked finding so many amazing pieces.

I was so glad to see that my Kauai friend, ScharArt, also had a gorgeous "Orchids In Blue" watercolor included in this treasury!!



"Tropic Jungle Home" can be found below on my previous post.

MAHALO !!


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Friday, July 23, 2010

TROPIC JUNGLE HOME


ALOHA!!!
Welcome to my Island Dream Life.

This is one of my original mini oil paintings, titled
"Tropic Jungle Home"

Throughout Hawaii you can still come across these charming little Plantation Style Cottages.SOLD


Tucked away in a plethora of tropic jungle vegetation including palm trees, banana, ginger, heliconia, and other beautiful plants that thrive in the rich volcanic soil of these Islands.

MAHALO for taking the time to view my artwork!

ALOHA FROM HAWAII!!!!!


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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

DREAM OFFICE


ALOHA!!!
Welcome to my Island Dream Life.

This is one of my original 4x4 mini oil paintings.
It is titled
"Dream Office".
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Who wouldn’t love an office like this to work in every day?
With a gorgeous view of tropic turquoise waters, lush green palm trees and crystal clear blue skies, you just may not want to go back home at 5 p.m.!!

MAHALO for taking the time to view my artwork!

ALOHA FROM HAWAII!!!!!


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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A HUNDRED MAHALOS!!!


What a happy day today is!
I just made my 100th sale on Etsy!
I would like to send a HUGE MAHALO (Thank You) to everyone that has supported my art.
I have met so many wonderful people and hope to meet many, many more.

MAHALO AND ALOHA FROM HAWAII !!!








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Saturday, July 3, 2010

WILD PACIFIC


As you may or may not know, I am a nut for the South Pacific.
I recently came across an awesome 2 disc DVD series and wanted to share it with you.
It is called "Wild Pacific", and is a documentary type special featuring many tropical Islands of the Pacific.

But this is not just any ol' documentary. The filming is SPECTACULAR, unlike anything I have ever seen before. The entire time you are watching, you are thinking
"How did they capture this?"

One of my favorite parts was the slow-mo underwater images of a large wave passing overhead. The way the water churns and spins while the wave goes by is amazing!

I also found the people of the island of Anuta to be a total representation of my "Island Dream Life" ideas. There are SO MANY other interesting parts of this series as well. Including unique island cultures, giant coconut cracking crabs, and astonishing dolphin and penguin swimming scenes that are just awesome to watch!


I thought I knew alot about South Pacific Islands, but the stories shown here are truly unique and SO INTERESTING!
(So fantastic that I felt the need to blog it!)

So, check it out some time. I was lucky enough to be able to watch it on a HUGE screen at night, and the colors and images just blew me away. I think I will go watch it again !!!

ALOHA FROM HAWAII !!!


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Sunday, June 27, 2010

MY ISLAND HIDEAWAY


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“My Island Hideaway”
features a cute little Island Style hut made of bamboo and a thatched roof, set in a secluded lagoon surrounded by tropical palm tree landscape.
Your little outrigger canoe can take you back to civilization, but why would you want to go??

This is an 11x14 original palette knife oil painting.

MAHALO for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM HAWAII !!


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Monday, June 21, 2010

MAKAPU'U CANU'U is fun to say !

Well, leave it up to AnotherBrightIdea to come up with a fantastic treasury. I just love this one. I recognize so many fabulous Etsy artists, and it is so cool to see them all together in one place.

I was lucky enough to spend the day with Felicia and her sister Fran, when they visited the Islands last month. You can read about our excursion here.

We drove past Makapu'u Beach and I showed them the canoe that is parked on the shore there. I mentioned the painting of this scene that I was in the process of creating at the time. Although the canoe at the beach park is a blue and white, more modern version of the outrigger canoe, I decided to keep this one the traditional wooden style, and I am happy with the way it turned out. I named the piece "Makapu'u Canu'u" because it gives it that Hawaiian feel, and plus, I just find it fun to say!!
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I am honored that Felicia included it in her wonderful treasury "With A Little Art From My Friends".

MAHALO, Felicia!!

Be sure to check out "AnotherBrightIdea's" Etsy shop. She has many beautiful photos and note cards of tropical flowers that she took while visiting the Islands. I sure hope her and her sis plan a trip back again soon!

ALOHA FROM HAWAII !!!


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Monday, June 14, 2010

TWO PALMS AND AN ISLAND

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The title says it all.
A beautiful tropical scene - the perfect place to just relax and watch your troubles drift away with the tide!

“Two Palms and an Island” is one of my original 8x10 palette knife paintings.

ALOHA FROM HAWAII !!!


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Thursday, June 10, 2010

KA HALE WAI

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This is one of my original palette knife oil paintings. It is titled “Ka Hale Wai” , which means “The Water House” in Hawaiian. This painting features a tropical little tiki style bamboo hut built over the lagoon of a secluded island somewhere out in the vast Pacific Ocean. Lush vegetation of red ginger and palm trees, and the towering mountain backdrop make “The Water House” the perfect location to escape to!!

Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM HAWAII !!


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Monday, June 7, 2010

SURF HUT


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A little tiki hut on your own tropical island. Surf all day and if the surf goes flat, you can always enjoy a cool siesta under the swaying palms. You won’t ever want to go back home!

ALOHA FROM HAWAII !


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Saturday, June 5, 2010

MAKAPU'U CANU'U

A beautiful little wooden outrigger canoe sits on the shore, waiting patiently for someone to paddle it back home, to the Islands of the South Seas. But for now, it will just sit and enjoy the breathtaking view of Makapu’u.

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Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork!

ALOHA FROM HAWAII!

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

MAHALO KAUAI ARTIST

I have been a long time subscriber to
Marionette's Painting Paradise
monthly newsletter, and was surprised and honored to find out upon opening her June edition that I had been featured!

Marionette (as you may know from some of my earlier blogs) is a wonderful artist on the island of Kauai. She has her very own studio, "Painting Paradise", and her monthly newsletter is always filled with exciting new things that she is up to. From painting classes and special projects to featured artists and sneak peeks at her new works of art, I always look forward to reading about life on the "Garden Isle".

Please take the time to check out
Marionette's (a.k.a. Kauaiartist) Etsy shop.
She has the most gorgeous botanical watercolors, and her scenic Kauai landscapes are just beautiful! Although I have not yet had the chance to meet Marionette in person, I feel like I know her, through sharing our Etsy Art experiences over the past few years. I can't wait to one day get to Kauai and visit Painting Paradise for myself!

Mahalo, Marionette, for the feature in your beautiful newsletter.
(Click on the image below to see the article in full size.)

ALOHA FROM HAWAII!


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Monday, May 17, 2010

UKULELE FEVER


Well, I've caught it..... Ukulele Fever.
I have heard it runs rampant here in Hawaii, but I never expected I would catch it. It all started about 15 years ago when my mom bought me a little "touristy" ukulele to decorate my home with! My house is all Hawaiian-Tiki theme, and she thought a little ukulele would fit right in.

I have never played a musical instrument in my life, and was never planning on playing the ukulele either. It looked adorable sitting on the stereo cabinet -- strictly home decor!! Then, when I got back into painting and had to have my Hawaiian music playing in the background, most of which includes the Ukulele, I thought it would sure be fun to be able to play.

Here is the little tourist ukulele that became the unknown start of my
"Ukulele Fever".

As luck would have it, I was at the library one day, thumbing through their DVD's. I came across a
"Teresa Bright Beginning Ukulele" DVD
and thought.... why not?
So, I brought it home and picked up my little tourist ukulele and tuned it to "my-dog-has-fleas" as best as I could. I tried to follow Teresa's DVD and was becoming frustrated. I did not know how to read music, didn't know the first thing about chords and counting and all that stuff, but I do know what SOUNDS right (and my playing did not!!). But, I kept at it and tried over and over again.
G.....C.....E.....A....
It was almost like trying to learn a foreign language. And then, all of a sudden, it started to click. My brain was beginning to memorize the different chords and my fingers were starting to hop automatically to where they needed to go. It almost started to sound like music..... almost.

Like I said, this ukulele was strictly bought for decorative purposes and was far from containing any real musical quality, but I played it all weekend long and was getting better and better at it.

This is when I caught THE FEVER!!! Mother's Day was coming up and Brighton wanted to buy me a decent ukulele. I was all for it! There were two different ones that I really liked and I couldn't decide between the two. We brought both home, planning on trying them and seeing which felt better to me, and I would return the other one. Well, I tried them both, and I did like one over the other. But then something funny happened. Dean picked up the other ukulele that we had planned to return, and HE CAUGHT THE FEVER!!! He also had never played ukulele before, although when he was young he had played a few musical instruments and knew a few chords.

We decided to keep both ukuleles and spent the day watching the Teresa Bright DVD over and over again. Her teaching style is amazing and it was so easy to learn the different chords. By evening, we both could play the three Hawaiian Songs on her DVD. We were amazed with ourselves!!! If I knew it would be this fun, I would have tried it years ago!

Here are our new (and improved) Ukuleles. They are made of curly koa and I think they are just as beautiful to look at as they are fun to play!

I love music, and to be able to play something on the ukulele that is even semi-recognizable is so thrilling!! We keep the ukuleles setting on the stereo cabinet, just as our little home decor uke before them. But now, whenever we walk past, we have the urge to pick them up and start strumming.
It is so fun to be able to do something together that we both enjoy.

We recently signed up for lessons so that we learn CORRECTLY how to play. Unfortunately, the ukulele takes up a lot of my time now, I need to make more time for painting. But it really is rather addicting! The other day, I was in the middle of painting, listening to my Hawaiian music, and this song came on that I thought "This would be fun to try to play on the uke". I dropped my palette knife and grabbed my ukulele. Slowly but surely, just by ear, I figured out the basic chords needed to play the song. And about 2 hours later, I had figured out the entire song and was playing it over and over again, totally forgetting the fact that I had been in the middle of a painting!

That's what Uke Fever does to you! It gets in you and you can't get rid of it. And I don't want to get rid of it. I have found something new that I love to do, and it has opened up a whole new musical world for me!

Teresa Bright is a famous Hawaiian singer and ukulele player here on the Island of Oahu. If you want to check out the DVD I used to learn how to play, click on the picture below. I highly recommend it if you want to learn to play Hawaiian Music on your Ukulele!
HAVE FUN !!!

ALOHA!!!!


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Saturday, May 15, 2010

DANCING WITH FIRE AND KNIVES !



The other night, we went to the 18th Annual World Fire Knife Championships in Laie, up near Oahu’s North Shore, at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
What a treat it was!!!
We got to see the world’s BEST fire knife dancers show off their amazing skills.

The fire knife was originally used as a weapon in the islands of Samoa. It is now considered a marshal art, and is demonstrated in many shows and island gatherings across the Pacific. If you ever have the chance to attend this competition, you must! It is unbelievable and totally amazing -- and so exciting!!

This is what a fire knife looks like.

As the name states, there is a blade and a sharp hook at one end. There are two wicks, one at each end, for a double flame on each knife. The competitors use two knives (4 flames) at the same time and can actually attach the two knives together using the hooks.

They make it look so easy, and you have to keep reminding yourself that this is FIRE – real fire – that can burn you in an instant. Not to mention the sharp blades and hooks that could take a mean chunk out of you if you happen to twirl them just a little bit off, or fail to catch them correctly, as you fling them 20 feet in the air above you!!

Here are a few pics of the competition. It is very difficult to get decent fire knife photos, as they are twirling the knives so fast, and it is so dark, but here are a few of my better ones.

Some of the competitors getting ready to show off their amazing skills.







I think the poor drummers almost had a harder job than the fire knife competitors. They played their hearts out and must have lost 10 gallons of sweat each!! You gotta remember, those flames are HOT! But the ground shaking beat was essential for making a perfect fire knife dance complete. You could feel it in your bones and it sure did intensify the amazing show before you! These guys were awesome (and yes, they did look like they were having a blast most of the time!)





There were 24 competitors this night alone (with more the next night), but unfortunately, we could not stay for the entire show. It went well past midnight, and we had a long (well, long for Hawaii standards) hour and a half drive back home and work the next day. So, sadly, we left the show early, with the drums still beating in our brains, we made the long, dark drive back home.

It was a wonderful evening, and something I will never forget!!


Below is some video of the fire knife competition.



ALOHA FROM HAWAII !!


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