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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Second Project of 2018

Mary Kawena Pukui.jpg

Mary Abigail Kawena Pukui

Recently I was contacted by the editor of the magazine, The Perpetual You to create a portrait for what they call their 'Maker's Page'. Apparently the editor had found my web page and thought my portraits fit with what they have going on.  The Maker's Page highlights an historical woman who blends with the theme of the issue. My portrait would be of Mary Abigail Kawena Pukui. I was immediately interested!

Mary Abigail Kawena Pukui

What a woman!!!!  Pukui, named during her lifetime as a Living Treasure of Hawaii, and inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame, was descended from a Kahuna Pule (Priestess) in the Pele line.  Legacy is part of this particular issue's theme, and what a fabulous legacy this woman created. 

Her list of accomplishments is huge.  Fluent in the Hawaiian language and culture she:

+ Collected and translated folk tales, proverbs, sayings.
Worked as an ethnological assistant and translator.
+ Taught Hawaiian to scholars, and Hawaiiana at Punahou School.
+ Published ore than 50 scholarly works.
+ Wrote more than 150 Hawaiian songs.
+ Co-author of the definitive Hawaiian/English dictionary, and the books Place Names of Hawaii & The Echo of Our Song.
+ Chanter and hula expert.

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Pukui was born in 1895 and lived until 1986.  Not only was she a fastinating, beautiful, intelligent, strong woman, but she correlates to the women I paint who wove spectacular baskets.  To be commissioned to paint a portrait of this scholar, dancer, composer, educator is an honor, my next project, and one I am very excited about.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Tahoe Rocks with Red

Red Red Red

This has not been easy. I am dreaming in red now. Adding red to my typical Tahoe Rock palette, with deletion of some of the other colors, has been quite a challenge.

This is where I left you last post, and I was struggling. After some serious thought I added the Pantone Color of the Year (purple) to the work.

And then I changed all of the background color to a mix of blue, purple, red, yellow (right off the paint tray) to come up with a grey tone.  It was beginning to make more visual sense to me.

The remainder of the rock shapes were painted on.

The water reflections came next.

Just this morning the rest of the reflections were painted into the composition. I am not sure if this is a completed painting yet or not.  I will live with it for a few days and probably continue to dream in RED.  

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Painting A New Canvas

Continuing the Project

Canvas on the easel, and the under painting begins.  Not sure why, but my fingers always seem to end up in the paint.

If you follow my blog you know I am beginning a larger version of the small painting shown here, below.  I was challenged by another painter to create a Tahoe Rock composition including red in the palette.  RED.  RED????

An interesting challenge, though not necessarily an easy challenge, and the little painting here is what I came up with as a start.  Now to address the 18x24" canvas which is the size included in the challenge.

Under painting completed.

Sketched in the composition.

My favorite part...when the rocks start to take form on the canvas.

This is looking at the canvas after more studio time this morning. So much more painting to accomplish before the painting will be done.  I am not sure I enjoy the use of red with these rocks.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

First Painting of 2018

Using Red in the Palette.

The quick 'sketch' type of painting for a larger work, the first painting of 2018 is done.  This is a great way to work out composition and palette, figure out high lights and low lights, shadows....and things I want to change.

Now it's time to move on to the larger canvas, not too large as my work goes, only 18" x 24". 

Check back to see what stays the same and what changes as the larger work comes together.  More studio time for me and beginning the second painting of 2018.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Progress on Painting.

It's Just The Beginning

Palette Selection

It is just the beginning of 2018 and of a new painting, with a new palette.  Requested by another painter, this Tahoe Rock work will feature red tones.  It all begins with selecting the pigments as shown above.

Next step, sketching out a composition.

Then working out the palette and composition on a small canvas board.

These photos show the progress made as of today. The little painting needs to be completed and then the project will move to a larger, stretched canvas. This is just the beginning.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

It's A Wrap.

Year End

and it's a wrap, well almost.  Just a few more days and we will begin a new year, new beginnings, new hopes, new dreams, new plans, new projects. 

My list for 2018 is beginning to grow, but has a couple left overs from this current year.  One of those 'still to complete' projects is a Tahoe Rocks painting with red in the palette.  

This was requested by a fellow painter, and though I was able to get some pencil and simple watercolor sketches completed, the actual painting has not been started.

With today as my first day back in the studio after a lengthy absence, the painting will move forward. First I wanted to share the two small watercolor sketches you see here.  Not sure all of these colors will appear in the final work, as this is the beginning.

Check back to see photos of progress on the painting. Though it is the end of the year, it's a new beginning in the studio.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Color of the Year

Pantone's Color of the Year

Understandably you may not have been on the edge of your seat waiting for Pantone to announce it's Color of the Year for 2018. But announce they did this last week.  It's Ultra Violet, and this is some of what Pantone has to say about it:

Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.

Mark and Katie's Orchid

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future. Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Two Beets

Nuanced and full of emotion,  Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.


You will begin to see this color pervade our lives in clothing, furnishings, everywhere in anything you can imagine.


I always think of this hue as one bearing a Royal nature, lush and rich, deep and mysterious. Though it is not frequently in my palette when painting here are a few images where Ultra Violet was the center of attention or added some degree of interest.

The Yin and Yang of Spring

Six Figs


Guadalupe Arenas Snake Weaver

Madame Butterfly

As you live each day, take a look around and watch for Ultra Violet.  Let it inspire your ingenuity and creativity.  Turns out I put on an Ultra Violet top today and I am noticing this color everywhere even though the announcement has just been made.  It will be added to my palette as I approach my next painting.  What will you do with it?

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