Fun, Easy, Painting Party Class at Brilhante in Kailua

It’s time for another fun painting party class at Brilhante!  This painting is “Sunset Hibiscus”  I will teach everyone how to paint an Pua Aloalo yellow hibiscus (the state flower) in front of a sunset sky and water.

November 4, 2017 (Saturday) 5:30 – 8 pm
Brilhante Custom Framing & Fine Art
1247 Kailua Rd #2a, Kailua, HI 96734
$40 (we supply all the materials)
Please bring an appetizer or drink to share

Although painting will begin at 6 pm, it’s best to come at 5:30 so you can meet everyone, eat a snack, and get relaxed before we start painting.  The cost per person is $40 which includes all painting materials. You need only bring a snack of some sort to share, and the rest is set up! We are going to have a good time! 


We always have a cap of 12 people when I teach at Brilhante, so I can really customize and scale the painting to be appropriate for a wide range of artists from the beginner that hasn’t touched a brush since grade school, to the intermediate painter. We always have the full range of skill levels present in our parties, so don’t be afraid to come no matter how much or little you have painted.  I design these paintings for a wide range of skills and assure that everyone will have good time and hopefully learn a few skills by the end of the night. I am able to give a lot of guidance and help you respond to spontaneous changes you make to the painting.  It is fun and relaxing to be creative in a group! We each bring something to share like a bottle of wine or a party food, and we relax and let the paint flow. I truly enjoy teaching in this laid back party setting!

This class will be about value and getting the most vibrant color from your paints on the petals.  Along the way we will learn a nice wet-in-wet technique to get a smooth sunset, some glazing, and a bit about color and what makes this painting work as an image.

If you want to join in, please call Tracy at Brilhante Custom Framing and Gallery at (808) 263-1096 to reserve a spot. It almost always sells out (as of 10/26/2017, two days after we really started announcing it, there are 6 spots left). It’s best to call soon if you want to come.

Leukemia Society Fundraiser

I am participating in the upcoming fundraiser for the Lymphoma Leukemia Society at the McKellar Residence: 148 Kaimoani Way, Kailua, Hawaii, 96734, this weekend, Sunday October 29, 2017 from 2 – 5 pm.  I will personally be late since I am also taking a workshop but I do plan to come from 4 – 5.  There will be art for sale with a minimum of 50% of all proceeds going to the Leukemia Society.  Many accomplished artists are donating work to the event, and Greg and Junko (an award-winning steel drum band) will play live music for us at this lovely beachside home!  Please see this flyer for more information:

Leukemia Fundraiser

I would also urge anyone who feels altruistic to get signed up as a possible marrow donor.  Someone amazing did this for my uncle.  I was thinking of testing for compatibility when a kind stranger matched him before I could even find out how to sign up.  Later, I signed up in the hopes to pay it forward someday.  Maybe I will be the stranger with the right marrow to help make extra years possible for someone as wonderful as my uncle. He was seriously ill, but was fortunate to recover well after the bone marrow transplant.  He has been granted precious years of life to nuture his grandkids and spend time with friends and family. 

Please click here to learn the basics of what it means to sign up in the database and what it would require to be a donor:

https://bethematch.org/transplant-basics/how-marrow-donation-works/steps-of-bone-marrow-or-pbsc-donation/

If you are between the ages of 18 and 44, you are the right age to be the match. With a simple cheek swab, you can be in the database, and if a match comes up, you can make the decision of whether you are able to donate marrow.   Please visit this link to learn how to take the first step to being in the database (a DNA swab to determine compatibility with future patients):

https://join.bethematch.org/sidenavjoin

With Hawaii, there are many unique racial combinations, and so it’s important especially here in Hawaii to register since the need for marrow often follows racial/hereditary lines. and it is harder for multiracial patients to be able to match. Someone on the island with wonderful diverse heritage could be the key to help a Filipino/Hawaiian/Japanese/Native American/Irish mixed ancestry patient that would otherwise be unable to find a match.

 

 

Inktober

Inktober: "Teeming"

Inktober: “Teeming”

I wanted to at least do one day of Inktober, the seemingly ubiquitous challenge that has a list of prompts and is an great reason to hone skills with ink drawing.  Today I had time to create something, so I looked at the official prompt.  “Teeming” – what a fitting prompt for me lately.  My mind has been swimming with thoughts that flit like fish, unpredictable emotions, and a feeling of drifting like a school of fish.  It’s been a tough couple of weeks.  I decided to use this as a therapeutic exercise as well as a technical one to express that dreamy, lost quality.  Utilizing memories and a photo from my latest scuba dive, I delved into a inner self-portrait of sorts.  There is an odd photo after scuba where my hair was tangled and wavy, and I started with that as inspiration, knowing I was going to weave fish between the locks like tessellations.  From there, I let myself wander. 

If you want to draw for part or all of Inktober, here is the site and the prompts and “rules” (follow them if you want, or just be joyful and don’t worry about it) are below. 

Enjoy!

 

30 in 30: Highlights to Date

As the official 30 in 30 wraps up on Leslie Saeta’s site, I have gathered a set of 16 paintings to make a collage of my highlights to show for her conclusion posting.  Having most of the challenge complete, my daily painting habit is strong. An artist can only improve with time spent at the easel, so it’s good to hone habits and make an effort to paint as often as I can.  I will end up with a little less than 30 paintings because some are taking more than one day, but it won’t be far off. I am feeling very productive and definitely took the challenge seriously.  I spent significant time at the easel every day.  I opted not to show some pieces that need more work, but I have them behind the scenes waiting to emerge after finishing touches. 

With so many shows coming up, these little paintings are coming into existence at the perfect time.  I have already sold 6 paintings from this series, so the rewards for my work with the brush have started to flow.  I am very grateful!  My teenage daughter called dibs on the scuba dive painting from memory (“Black Coral Cave” – which I was not planning to sell). Since she was with me when we went into the beautiful caves, it seems fitting to give that piece to her. Seeing her fist pump the air when I told her she could have it was the best sort of payment!

This wraps up the official Saeta Blog timeline of the 30 in 30, but of course I will continue for a few more days to account for starting 5 days later than everyone else. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog – it’s more fun to write if someone actually reads it!