Mini Paintings

I started painting some smaller pieces recently.  I was thinking that I needed to have a variety of sizes of paintings available, with an array of prices.  It took a bit of work to get used to painting on such a small canvas.  I didn't have brushes that were small enough!  Once I got my system going, I sure had a lot of fun.  Now I enjoy using smaller brushes and painting in the minature arena.  It's a whole different world!

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!

View from the green tunnel

I was cruising on my moped a few days ago.. heading upcountry Maui.  No plan, no worries, just enjoying another beautiful day in Maui.   I drove through this beautiful tunnel of greenery.  I think it will make for a great painting in the future. I tend to take a lot of pictures while I'm out and about. I just never know when I will find some inspiration.

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.

Aspen Trees in Colorado

My brother Eric lives in Colorado.  He talks about the aspen trees a lot. The beautiful white bark, and dancing green leaves are captivating.  I decided to paint a picture of these aspen trees for him. Even though the trees are so white and green, I found color!  This is the result of my aspen idea.

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.

Robin the Surfer chick

My sister Robin... the coolest surfer chick around. I did this painting from a photo of Robin. I think she was surfing at Flat Island in Kailua, Oahu.  Yes she had her shades on, no her hair isn't green- I'm the one in the family with the hair color changes. I just love this photo, so I had to paint it!

Somewhere in the mountains headed to Mount Everest base Camp

I came across this picture taken on our trek to Mount Everest Base Camp.  We came upon this village where the rocks were covered with painted white writing. It was amazing to see, touch and just 'be' with.  I was fascinated with the size of the rocks and the amount of writing covering all the walls in site.  

I would love to paint something using this 'design' as a background. I think it has so much texture. It was absolutely beautiful.

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.