The Association Of Hawaii Artist’s 43rd Annual Contemporary Show 2013 starts today. It can be found at the Pauahi Tower Gallery in downtown Honolulu. Five of my latest palette knife oil paintings have been chosen to be a part of this show, including one of my largest paintings to date!
Opening reception is January 24th, 2013 but the gallery is open now through February 23rd, and you may visit any time to view all the wonderful works of art in this beautiful show.
The weather here the past few weeks has not been great. Extremely windy conditions and rain showers do not make for very fun plein air painting, which leaves me in the studio instead. Here are a few of my latest plein air days, when the weather in Paradise was still picture perfect. Hoping for clear sunny skies and calmer tradewinds soon, I am more than ready to get back out there!
Waimanalo Beach (Sherwoods)
11" x 14" Palette Knife Plein Air October 20, 2012 SOLD
A GORGEOUS day and not a soul on the beach!
Makapu'u Beach 11" x 14" Palette Knife Plein Air November 1, 2012 SOLD
Diamond Head Lighthouse
8" x 8" Palette Knife Plein Air November 27, 2012 SOLD
It was a blustery day at Kawaikui Beach Park and I spent much time staking down my Soltek and trying to keep my canvas from becoming a kite, but it was still beautiful, and worth the struggle with the wind to be painting outdoors in Paradise!
Kawaikui Plein Air 8x16 Painted with Palette Knife
I recently got to do something new and exciting, plein air painting at night! A friend informed us that a full moon would be rising up over the Mokulua Islands of Lanikai that evening and we didn’t want to miss a chance to try and capture it on canvas.
Putting in the basic compositions while waiting for the moon to rise.
When that big orange full moon popped up over the horizon, it was just as spectacular as the voggy morning sunrises we witness once in awhile out surfing. We all got to work using headlamps to provide just enough light to be able to see the canvas and palette. I have never painted a nocturne scene, and it was quite different from plein airing in the daytime, but it sure was a lot of fun.
Painting by headlamp!
The Mokulua Islands were silhouetted against the sky and the moon cast an orange glow on the water and lit the surrounding clouds. It was SO BEAUTIFUL. Unfortunately, the camera could not capture it.
Here is the result of my first night time plein air painting.
Lanikai Full Moon 9x12 SOLD
When everyone was finished, we let out a great big howl at the moon! Nothing makes plein air painting more fun than being with a great group of friends to share the experience. We are already waiting for the next Lanikai full moon!
Mark lights up his masterpiece at the end of the night. Spencer provided us with some great Ukulele tunes throughout the evening. He is an awesome Uke player!
L to R: Mark Brown, Lisabongzee, Susie Anderson, Ron Grimes, Guy Ballou (our expert moon informant).
Front Row: Spencer Chang and Barbara Sumida.
It's that time of year again! My SANTA'S GONE SURFIN' SALE is going on now!
Santa is having too much fun surfin' the North Shore of Hawaii this Christmas, so you'll have to find your own special gifts. Right now, you can take 20% off of any item in my "Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life" shop. What a great time to give someone that special one~of~a~kind painting from Hawaii!
Mele Kalikimaka from the Land Of ALOHA!
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ALOHA FROM HAWAII!
Practice, Practice, PRACTICE!
Recently, I was introduced to still life painting by my friend, Sue. She gave me her original “Tangerine Bowl” as inspiration. I wanted to repay her for her generosity by painting her an original palette knife still life of my own. I heard that she likes Grand Marnier, so I went out and bought a bottle of it. I have never tried Grand Marnier before, but it must not be that bad because as I was purchasing it, the cashier was just about drooling and saying “This is some good stuff”. Then, as I was leaving, I heard another person “OOOuuuhhh Grand Marnier, yum yum yum” while smacking their lips together loudly.
Over the next few weeks, I practiced painting the Grand Marnier bottle. It was quite fun, with it’s bright red ribbon, wax stamp front, and reddish glow of it's contents that was cast by the light. On my third try, I was happy with the result. I sent the painting off to Sue, and she loved it.
Now, I may just have to bust open the bottle and see what all the hype is about! 'Tis the Season
Grand Marnier #1
Grand Marnier #2
Grand Marnier #3 "Just For Sue"
Unfortunately, the photo didn't turn out too well and has quite a bit of glare. Oh well.
While on Maui, we came across this picturesque scene as we drove through Kihei one day. A local family enjoying the morning, fishing a stream that runs alongside the St. Theresa Catholic Church. They seemed to be fully enjoying their “Ohana Time” together in Paradise!
"Catching Some 'Ohana Time in Kihei" 11"x14" Palette Knife Painting
The "Mixed Media Miniatures Show" at the Koa Art Gallery is going on now. This show has become known as the premiere small art show in the state. There will be hundreds of miniatures, paintings and sculpture, on display and for sale. Three more of my original palette knife oil paintings were “invited” to be included in this event, and I am excited to be a part of it!
The exhibit runs through December 14th, M-F 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sat. 9a.m. – 3 p.m., located at the Koa Art Gallery on the grounds of Kapiolani Community College.
Stop by and check it out if you can. You may just find that perfect one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone on your list!
A fun morning plein air painting with friends at Halona Cove on Oahu’s south east shore.
Many people refer to this cove as “From Here To Eternity” beach, as it is the location of the famous love scene between Burt Lancester and Deborah Kerr. I grew up knowing it as “Cockroach Cove”. What a contrast!
Halona Cove Plein Air Palette Knife Painting 11x14 SOLD
Halona Cove Studio Palette Knife Painting 11x14 SOLD
While on Maui a few months ago, I got to visit with Sue Perry, a wonderful palette knife artist, at her studio in Kula. She showed me some of her beautiful still life pieces and was surprised to hear that I had not done still life before.
She gave me “Tangerine Bowl” as inspiration.
I promised I would give it a try when I got back home.
Here are a few of my first palette knife still life’s. They are actually quite fun to do! Mahalo, Sue!