Painting by the Beach

I went down to Kamaole II Beach Park here in Maui the other day. I thought I would try painting at a picnic table I frequent.  I was thinking this would be a great way for people to stop by and watch, maybe even buy one of my little 4 x 4 inch paintings. 

It wasn't quite so easy.  I was at the mercy of the weather...wind was starting to pick up so I wouldn't be able to stay very long because  the paint was drying on my brush.  A few people did stop by and say hello, what are you doing.. that sort of thing- which is great, just what I wanted. But then a woman stopped by and sat down and proceeded to just chat.  I can't paint and chat.  I have now learned this. Made note to self!

Can You See Me Now?

Whenever I walk past a Bird of Paradise plant here in Hawaii, I think the flower is looking and stretching its glorious self and just trying so hard to be seen.  I'm fortunate living here in Maui and seeing some amazing tropical flowers and plants. Fun to paint these colorful pieces.  I was trying to paint as free as I could. Not worrying about the edges and lines.

Tutu in Her Garden

I painted Tutu in Her Garden a few years ago. Seeing grandma out in her garden, working the soil, pulling the weeds. This painting came to me one day after seeing a woman sitting in her garden just looking at the flowers. This grandmother had that blue hair you sometimes see. She had a sassy red hat on.  She was dressed well and smiled with joy, surrounded by the results of all her hard work which obviously paid off. 

This painting hangs in Hilo's Hospice Building. I donated it after my father passed from battling cancer. I thought it might be nice for families to see, and maybe remind them of their loved ones working in the garden.

Aqua Sky

This was a painting I did for fun. All of my paintings are for fun, but some are with no intentions or preconceived ideas.  I love the ocean and the swirls created by the waves. I paint a lot of ocean pieces. I like to paint the sun in different ways, using a flowers pedals as the arms of the sun rase to show it touching the water. The yellow arms reaching out into the sky.  This piece is available for purchase.

Mosaic Wall

Mosaic tiled wall... love mosaic art!  I thnk the randomness of it all, the whimsical design and color, the texture, wonderful!

When I do my morning walks here in Kihei, Maui, I pass this public bathroom with the beautiful tiles.  


Kamaole III Park

Kamaole III Park   Kihei, Maui

Kamaole III Park   Kihei, Maui

So every morning I go for a walk, a long walk.  I finish at Kamaole III Park by the jungle gym so I can do my stretches.  I stand at the bars and look at this view..every day.  It's never the same actually.  The shadows change, the people change, the ocean changes.  I love this view.

50 mph winds blew ideas into my head!


I was back packing up Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii. The winds were incredibly strong. At that high elevation, the winds were super cold also.  It was a gorgeous weekend of some amazing sites.  The cinder has such an array of colors from jet black to deep red and rusty orange.