Ultra Exhibit I

Ultra Exhibit I at Pauahi Tower Lobby
(lobby is the second floor – up the escalators)
Dates: March 3 – August 3, 2018
Open from 6 am – 6 pm on weekdays, Saturdays 8 am – 2 pm; Closed Sunday
Location: 1003 Bishop St, Honolulu, HI 96813
Parking entrance is on the left at approximately 1080 Alakea Street (Bishop Square Parking), or you may park in public parking at Alii Place across the street if you prefer a slightly cheaper option with a small walk.
Artists Reception: Thursday, May 17, 4 pm – 6 pm

Peaceful Sanctuary

Three of my art pieces are in the Ultra Exhibit at Pauahi Tower.  The Ultra Exhibit is named for the large pieces and the unusually long time period in this “ultra” venue – Pauahi Tower, which has a gorgeous travertine marble lobby with soaring ceilings somewhere greater than 20 feet high. We are so thankful to Douglas Emmett and the Pauahi Security team for their permission and support for this show, and to Katherine Love, our curator who ranked and juried the pieces so that we had an impartial decision of which pieces were on display first.
 

Shama Thrush in a Mountain Apple Tree

Shama Thrush in a Mountain Apple Tree

I serve as show chair for this very long show – it will be 5 months for stage I and at least 5 months for stage II (which will be entitled Ultra Exhibit II).  It’s been an experience that has cemented my confidence in organizing and running a large show, and it continues to take time and ingenuity to readjust the way the art is hung with every sale (because of frequent sales which is absolutely wonderful!)  I don’t put the new art in the same place as the one that just sold.  An show is about the way pieces interact with the neighboring images.  Every piece deserves a chance to be seen, so the paintings must be carefully arranged and re-arranged to give a harmonious grouping where every piece draws your eye in turn. I find on average that I can usually find a way to move three or four pieces to ensure the best look to the show, but it’s very tricky to know which pieces will look good together. I decided to use Photoshop to aid me in my quest for the best hanging scheme.   I have scale models of each wall and all 60+ pieces in the show.  I use them like digital paper dolls to arrange the work.  It saves me hours – especially since I am unable to see every wall at the same time.  This is a vast display space! 

Sacred Space

The public is invited to come to our reception. There are 27 artists in the show. I am not sure if they will all be able to come, but I hope so! If you would like to come but you don’t know what an art show is like, don’t let it intimidate you. You can read my handy guide to attending a reception here: How to Attend an Artists Reception  Below I have posted a handy postcard with all the info you need to join us. We will hope to see you there!

Easy Paint Party: Waterlilies

I am teaching an easy, fun, paint party themed around an interpretation of one of Monet’s recurring color schemes.

Brilhante Custom Framing and Art
1247 Kailua Rd #2a in Kailua
May 12, 2018 starting at 5:00 pm
Call to reserve a spot:  (808) 263-1096  

Pricing is $45 (plus or minus $5 – Brilhante can confirm the exact price).  This time we will be replicating a color harmony present in one of Monet’s waterlily paintings.  We will work on color mixing and painting wet in wet.  That is extra challenging in acrylic with its quick dry time. Acrylic is versatile and can act like watercolor or oil paint depending on how you handle it.  I will be sharing tips and tricks to get your paint to behave a little more like oil paint for the majority of this painting.  Most of all, we will aim to be joyful and expressive with our strokes, perfect for a fun and easy night.

Monet painted around 250 waterlily paintings.  They usually feature a large view of his exquisite garden.  Someone said he was a “gardener who could also paint”.  I found that quite a delightful description of his massive skill with the garden.  Because we are making this easy, we are going to “zoom in” and focus on two flowers and some lily pads with just a hint of peachy clouds at the top. 

There are a myriad of sophisticated color combos in Monet’s gorgeous paintings, but I chose a pinks/greens/blues scheme, focusing especially on the bottom of this painting:

These similar blues, greens and pinks appear in other works as well, so I think he was rather fond of this bright and lovely color relationship. The top of this next painting is nearly identical in color.

Image credit: Google Arts and Culture  https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/water-lilies/1QFVEEzvlmrVzg

Here is a softer, lighter version that is still a similar relationship of colors, especially near the bottom right corner: Image Credit:  Painting “Nympheas” by Claude Monet – Neue Pinakothek, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3334951