Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sketchbook Entries for Germany be continued...

This is from a restaurant we ate in...each window was picture perfect.
Bavaria....we had such a lovely time...cozy and relaxing!
Great to have a private tour guide bring us to her favorite spots.

Never hurts to be domestic....actually quite rejuvenating!

We needed a break from the "Residenz" and saw this wonderful bakery across the street....YUMMM Apfelstrudel!

Schloss Neuschwanstein

The two swans represent the two homes of Bavarian Royalty!
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Birthday Iris Treat

What I wanted for my Birthday!

1. The sun to shine

2. Enjoy my irises while they are in bloom.

3. A chance to play with Pastels.

4. Friends to share it with me.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Hau'oli lā hānau

Painting #1...mountains behind resort

Hau'oli lā hānau "Happy Birthdays"

(pronounced How-o-lee Laa Haa-now)

I was fortunate to get to celebrate my birthday and my friend in Hawaii this year. I decided to set a goal while I was there to bring my oil paints and do some Plein Aire while I was there.

Here are the things I learned:

  1. I can do it!
  2. Set a goal - I met my goal of 5 paintings!
  3. You can't bring Turpenoid on the plane. So I called ahead and found a store close to the airport "Ben Franklin's Craft Store" that said they had some in stock.
  4. It cost extra for my second suitcase for BOTH ways so the prices of my paintings just doubled.
  5. There are a lot of nice people walking down the beaches!
  6. There is so much more to paint!!!!!

Painting #2....shoreline view near resort

Painting #3 - a preschool near Fleming Beach

Painting #4 - Protea bought at a local farmer's market

Painting #5 - Pohaku Park beach north of Kaanapali

Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Once in a lullaby ii ii iii
Somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Dreams really do come true ooh ooooh

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Monday, March 8, 2010

Warmth in a Spring Bouquet

Spring Bouquet
9" x 12" Oil

It was a little chilly and rainy today, so we painted inside my friend's garage! We were still able to capture a bit of spring from this beautiful bouquet she had.

Springtime Bouquet


Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Little Here...A Little There!

Another rainy weekend...
time to work on

a little here...a little there

The beginning of "Morning Aloha Coffee"
I found this plumeria on a walk on the beach before breakfast in Napili

Below I'm working on a Palm Tree I'm copying for a friend.
It is three panels and I'm trying to keep the layers happening.

You can see I did a test small sample (6 " x 8 ")
to get the colors right and practice the layers.

Then I imaged it on the three panels...
so confusing to follow....
keep thinking about the layers

Layer One...the darks.

Layer two and three....the mid tones and beginnings of the green layer.

More to go, but happy with the results so far.


Saturday, January 30, 2010

Art Lover's Chair

Art Lover's Chair
(12 x 12 oil)

What a great way to spend a rainy morning!
Inside a warm and cheerful room
with beautiful light,
kindred spirits
and a lot of

*about 2 hours*
First...blow off the nerves...just dive in!
Second....decide what to paint
Third....take a few photos and look through viewfinder for composition ideas.
Fourth....sketch a thumbnail.
Fifth....measure and remember your perspective lessons.
Sixth....make a larger sketch and remember the values.
Seventh....for gosh sakes get some paint on the canvas!
Eighth...take a stroll around and see what others are doing.
Ninth....look with fresh eyes at my work...make adjustments.
Tenth....Breathe and Give Thanks for the Opportunity no matter the result!

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