Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Patio Painting is Pure Paradise!

There is nothing I enjoy more than painting outside, on my tropical patio. The lighting is good, the air is fresh, the palms are swaying in the cool tradewind breezes, the Hawaiian music softly playing in the background, and, my favorite part… the birds. The birds sing to me all day long, and even stop to watch me paint. They keep me entertained and inspired.

Here is what I mean…..

This is my setup. The patio is not large, but it functions quite well and I’ve tried not to let any little bit of space go to waste! There are two market umbrellas that block the sun while still allowing great natural light.

A small pond with waterfall provides a very relaxing atmosphere.

My teak rocker in the shade is the perfect spot to just sit and think about what I’d like to paint next. This is also one of
Brighton’s, my Hawaiian SuperYorkie,
favorite hang out spots while Mom is busy painting.

Another favorite spot of his is a renovated clay chiminia/table. The clay stays nice and cool and he spends many afternoons snoozing away in here!

A small bridge takes you over the pond into an area with a hidden hammock. The perfect place to veg after a long morning of painting, or to collect your thoughts while watching the little geckos scurry among the areca palms.

But the birds are my favorite part of being outdoors. They are everywhere and they sing beautiful little birdie songs all day long. We have several different types - from the comical Mynah Birds, to the playfully chatty Papaya Birds, beautiful Red Cardinals, Java Sparrows, Red Vented Bul-buls, Japanese White Eye (Mejiro), and the Spotted and Zebra Doves, just to name a few.

Here, you can see a little male Papayabird hanging out on my Tiki Torch watching me paint. He was singing up a storm. These guys crack me up. They are such little chatterboxes, it sounds like they had one too many Starbucks!!

The funny thing is, I just happened to be painting a male Papayabird at the time this guy came down to have a look!! I think he was just checking to make sure I was getting the proportions correct!

I love to garden, and devote quite a bit of time to it, also. We have a large hill that I have spent over nine years turning into a Tropical Paradise, and the birds absolutely love it. It makes me happy that I can provide a place that they enjoy hanging out in! It’s a win win situation all the way around!

Thanks for taking the time to visit Brighton and I in our outdoor painting patio paradise!!

Please be sure to check my upcoming blog entries. I have been working on a few little “Tropical Bird” paintings, and will also post about some baby PapayaBirds and baby Red Cardinals that have recently hatched in my Manilla Palms. They keep me quite entertained !!


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Jo Bradford said...

omg - you live in such a paradise... im envious of all that sunshine and your jungly garden looks like a great place to spend time being creative! you are one lucky lady!

Marionette said...

Wonderful post. Lucky we live Hawaii, eh? Your patio is lovely and anytime we get to paint outside with Hawaiian music playing in the background, it's a dream come true!

Aloha from Kauai, Sistah!
P.S. I just blogged about the Na Pali cruise that Schar took me on!

Robin Pedrero said...

Brighton has it made! What a piece of heaven!

Miriam Cutelis said...

I am moving in with you.......catching the first flight....