Sunday, September 20, 2020

Friday, August 28, 2020

'NEATH THE JACARANDA - And Another Oahu Lockdown


This is a sad post for me. I have been blogging my artwork consistently for 12 years now, but I am afraid this may be my last entry for a while. As of yesterday, Oahu is, once again, back on "stay-at-home" lockdown because of Covid. The beaches, parks, and pools have already been closed since August 8th. The galleries and my Etsy Shop have been closed for over 5 months now. A few of the galleries that show my work have closed their doors for good, and others may follow if Hawaii economy is not allowed to reopen soon.

Things have changed so much in the past few months, and I have unfortunately run out of new paintings to share with you. My garden has become a sanctuary for now. Hoping things start to turn around soon, and revitalize my inspiration for painting.

I wish that everyone stays safe and healthy, and I leave you for now with this little painting I did right before the start of Coronavirus. It is a scene of a serene part of Maui, which I often find myself daydreaming of.

" 'Neath The Jacaranda"
10x8 Palette Knife Painting

Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM MAUI!


Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life Website

Saturday, August 8, 2020

MAUI BY KNIFE ~ KE'ANAE


The 14 day quarantine has been reinstated for neighbor island travel, due to the rise in Covid cases on Oahu.
At least I can still visit my much missed Maui through my knife.

"Ke'anae"
14x11 Palette Knife Painting

Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM MAUI!


Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life Website

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

HIDDEN GARDEN


During these past few months, with the galleries still being closed, and the islands still trying to figure out how to handle Covid, I have been much more into gardening than painting. However, I was inspired to create another palette knife garden shed scene.
Also included below are a few photos of my happy container garden that has been keeping me busy.

"Hidden Garden"
10x8 Palette Knife Painting





Everything is grown in containers. Larger veggie plants are in 3.5 gallon buckets, while most leafy types are happy in 12 qt. dishpans!














The garden provides Ruby Red Swiss Chard, along with fresh basil & italian parsley (for pesto), to help make this yummy home-made Pesto Swiss Chard Pizza with cranberries, feta, and pecans!
ONO-licious!


My Tropical Garden has also been exploding with color lately. My Mom loves to decorate her home with cut Bird Of Paradise, and luckily I can usually keep her pretty well stocked.


Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM THE GARDEN !

Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life Website

Friday, July 24, 2020

HAPPY ALOHA FRIDAY ~ KEEP SMILING!


There's nothing on this earth that can make life more worthwhile,
than the sunshine, and the warmth of a BryGuy smile!

So keep on smiling......
Keep smiling!

Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life Website

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Monday, June 8, 2020

OKALOOSA ISLAND SUNSET


A sunset scene from Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

"Okaloosa Island Sunset"
10x8 Palette Knife Painting

Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM DA MAINLAND!


Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life Website

Thursday, May 28, 2020

YES, PLEASE!


Who's wishing they were on Maui,
enjoying a nice big ooey, gooey piece of Hula Pie?

"Yes, please!"
8x8 Palette Knife Painting

Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM HAWAII !

Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life Website

Sunday, May 24, 2020

T.P.paya Tree


Hawaii is to remain in lockdown for the month of June, month number three, now. My garden is doing well and supplying us with delish greens for salad and many veggies are almost ready to harvest. But the best news of all, the T.P.paya Tree that my parents gave me last month has made it's first little fruit this morning!
Fresh T.P. and homegrown veggies, I think we can now make it through another month of lockdown.

ALOHA FROM HAWAII!


Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life Website

Monday, May 18, 2020

AUNTIE's GARDEN SHED


Although during these past several weeks of lockdown, I have been much more into gardening than painting, I was recently inspired to do a small 8x10 of my Auntie's Garden Shed, because of a funny memory.

My Great Aunt & Uncle had a large farm, and a beautiful garden with tons of veggies, including carrots. My cousin and I, when very young, decided to pick a carrot, take a bite each, and find it to be too unripe for our liking. So instead of just throwing it away, we stuck it back into the hole it had come from!
I can only imagine what my Auntie thought was going on with that bite-marked carrot on harvest day, although she probably knew.......

"Auntie's Garden Shed"
10x8 Palette Knife Painting

A slightly younger Lisabongzee at my Auntie's Farm,
one of my favorite childhood places.


Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM THE FARM !

Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life Website

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

STAYING HOME BUT STILL MAKING TRACKS



We are now in our second month of lockdown here in Hawaii. Having to stay home doesn't really bother me much since I really dislike shopping. (I will even eat cereal for dinner if it means putting off going to the grocery store for one more day!) At least surfing is still allowed, and we always look forward to our Dawn Patrol mornings. Although I have not been very inspired to paint recently, I did create a little scene on one of my boards. It's kind of a "someday" dream scene.






Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM HAWAII!


Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life Website

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

SANDIA SUNSET


When I was quite young, I lived in New Mexico for a few years. One of the first things I learned to spell was
A-L-B-U-Q-U-E-R-Q-U-E.
Our home had a wonderful view of Sandia Peak.

"Sandia Sunset"
Sandia Peak
A-l-b-u-q-u-e-r-q-u-e, New Mexico
8x8 Palette Knife Painting

Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM DA MAINLAND!


Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life Website

Sunday, April 26, 2020

WHEN THE SHAMA SINGS


Although this is not one of my usual landscape paintings, I wanted to give the white rumped shama a try with my knife. The shama is one of my favorite song birds and we have a few that like to visit our tropical garden. This painting was done about 5 weeks ago, with the start of the coronavirus lockdown in Hawaii. Not knowing what to expect over the next few weeks or months, I would hear the little white rumped shamas, singing their beautiful songs each morning. They didn't seem too worried about the days ahead, which gave me a great sense of hope (and inspiration to paint something different).

"When The Shama Sings"
10x8 Palette Knife Painting

Closeup palette knife texture


Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM HAWAII !

Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life Website

Thursday, April 23, 2020

INHERITED CREATIVE GENES


My parents are so innovative. They recently created a hybrid Papaya seed that is able to quickly produce a very beneficial fruit during this challenging time of Coronavirus lockdown here in Hawaii. This little tree is only two weeks old and has already made it's first fruit ready for harvest. Over time, the fruits will become more-sheets-per-roll jumbo sized.

Introducing the new and improved "T.P.paya Tree".
The world is saved!


I love my parents and their creative sense of humor thru this challenging time of lockdown in Hawaii. We were just informed that the stay-at-home orders are now extended through the month of May, as well. Although being an artist, and working from home, I am not as affected by the lockdown as many are, I am finding it hard to be inspired to paint, and have recently been spending more time outdoors in my tropical garden. Adding more vegetable seeds, and of course tending to my new T.P.paya tree!

ALOHA FROM HAWAII!


Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life Website

Thursday, April 16, 2020

BLACK ROCK MAUI MINI


A fun time at Black Rock
(before the days of social distancing).

SOLD
"Black Rock"
Ka'anapali
8x8 Palette Knife Painting

Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM HAWAII!


Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life Website

Thursday, April 9, 2020

WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD


Paper towels and rubbing alcohol, the only two basic things this palette knife painter needs (besides paint, canvas, & knife, of course) for painting. In this crazy time of Coronavirus, these two everyday items have become scarce, forcing me to become very creative in conserving what little supply I have left. I've quickly realized that these quarantine days have given me a new appreciation for everything that I have.
Paper Towels & Rubbing Alcohol - worth their weight in gold.

ALOHA FROM HAWAII!


Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life Website

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

TRAIL's END REWARD


After asking dear hubz to help me come up with a name for this piece, his contribution was a very original
"No Need Pepto, No Mo' Lepto".
I think not.....

"Trail's End Reward"
10x8 Palette Knife Painting

Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.


Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life Website

Saturday, March 14, 2020

MAUI HIGH COUNTRY


Upcountry Maui becomes even more spectacular when the Jacaranda are in bloom. This is a scene looking out towards Kihei and the West Maui Mountains.

"Maui High Country"
8x10 Palette Knife Painting

Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM HAWAII!


Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life Website

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

LAHAINA's LAST LIGHT


A colorful Maui sunset sky over the Lahaina Boat Harbor.

"Lahaina's Last Light"
14x11 Palette Knife Painting

Some closeups.




Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.


Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life Website

Friday, March 6, 2020

KAHALA BEACH PLEIN AIR


A nice plein air day at Kahala Beach.

(music by Bongzee Strummers)
Plein Air Painting Video videos



Kahala Beach
11x14 Plein Air Palette Knife Painting

Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM HAWAII !


Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life Website

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

PAIKO LAGOON


A BRYZIIZ view of Paiko Lagoon in Hawaii Kai.

"Paiko Lagoon"
8x10 Palette Knife Painting

Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM HAWAII !

Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life Website

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Thursday, February 27, 2020

GOOD EVENING PARADISE


SOLD
"Good Evening Paradise"
8x10 Palette Knife Painting

Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.

ALOHA FROM HAWAII !

Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life Website

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

IT's ALL ABOUT THE JOURNEY


The Road To Hana is an exciting and beautiful experience that is every bit as much about the journey as it is the destination.

"It's All About The Journey"
12x16 Palette Knife Painting

Some closeups.






Mahalo for taking the time to view my artwork.


Lisabongzee's Island Dream Life Website