Images from the Paradise Painters Show

Entry wall of the show

Entry wall of the show

The Paradise Painters Show at Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden Gallery went very well. We had a lot of visitors despite the massive storm systems that passed through our islands, one after the other, leading to muggy heatwaves, impressive flooding and less visitors than normal to the gardens. Despite the unusual weather, people from all over the world came to the beautiful garden and its gallery to view our show.  Thank you to everyone who braved the elements to visit!

Overall view of half the room

Overall view of half the room

This year, I made a special effort to add a few plants and flower arrangements of my own now that I have a garden.  I ceased to be a renter last year around this same time when we finally were able to buy a home here in Oahu. Having a yard of my own to plant with the flowers and fruit trees that I love most is a dream come true that has taken many years to achieve.  Though I have had other gardens in the places I have lived, this one is the first one where I am sure I will be staying in one place.  I can finally plant things and watch them mature all the way!

One of the bouquets I created for this year's show.

One of the bouquets I created for this year’s show.

Not all the arrangements in the photos of the show are mine.  There are talented floral arrangers that allow us to utilize their gorgeous bouquets for our show.  I think it really helps brighten the gallery space and add more dimension to the show, especially one that takes place in a garden.

My main area in the show

My main area in the show. Most of the work is mine, but the two paintings most to the left side are by Kelley Fitzgerald.

I love plants as much as I love paint, so it’s becoming a side interest of mine to make floral arrangements from the wonderful flowers that grow in my yard. Most of these are plants I have inherited from the prior owners who had wonderful taste in plants.  Perhaps next year I will be able to have increased variety from the plants that I have worked so hard to establish this year.

 

 

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Keeping my paintbrush moving…

Greetings from my studio.  I have just finished my latest show (“Paradise Painters” at Hoomaluhia).  It went very well, and now that my show is done, it is time for me to enter a new chapter of my creative state. Before the show, I worked actively for the majority of the days producing new work on canvas or panels.  I postponed work on my mural project for a few weeks to make sure I would have enough new pieces for my show. Once the show was up, I worked more on the mural again and dreamed up the next few pieces I want to pursue. Now I must balance my massive mural project with paintings once again as I get ready for the upcomiong Windward Artists Guild show in October. This flurry of productivity has meant that I have not been communicating as much on my site lately, but I took a moment today to add a few of the pieces I created for the Paradise Painter’s show. I am looking forward to sharing the mural, but it isn’t really ready to be seen just yet. I showed a couple of previews of the secondary walls on Facebook (Wendy Roberts Fine Art) and Instagram (@wendysroberts), which I will share again here, but the main wall is a huge (10′ X 15′) scene with water lilies, foliage, a waterfall, and a weeping willow that I will be excited to debut when it is done.

Mural in progress

Mural in progress

 

I better get back to work at the easel in order to assure the quality of the pieces I have planned for the October WAG show will be up to my standards.  Two of my next pieces are going to be larger works in the 3 and 4 foot range.  I feel they deserve more space and more creation time to achieve the correct impact and scale.  I will check in a little later, but in the meantime, if you don’t see me much out on the town during September, you know where I am!

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