Sacred Space

I have been quiet.  This is a sure sign that I have been working on something very large.  I am happy to unveil my latest piece: “Sacred Space” measuring 30″ x 48″ and what makes it such a large project is the level of detail.  Murals are larger, but they also get painted with large brushes.

Sacred Space by Wendy Roberts

Sacred Space complete with a frame from Brilhante Framing of Kailua

The idea for this piece hit me like a bolt of lightning 4 years ago when I had just watched “Secret of Kells” for the third time. “The Secret of Kells” is a cartoon so beautiful it should be thought of as a moving piece of art rather than what you would typically think of with animation.  It is about Celtic illuminated manuscripts and if you haven’t seen it, you should set aside a movie night to take a look.  It is a beautiful story with amazing animation. After viewing the amazing animated manuscripts once again, I wondered what tropical illuminated manuscripts would look like, and then after a few odd sketches of extremely stylized Hawaii scenery with a Celtic knotwork spin, the thought pushed into its final form: “What if I used metal leaf like paint to add movement to the water and the leaves – the sunlight dappling, changing, shifting like the light on the leafing?” I knew this had a potential to add another element to the painting, allowing me to more fully express the sense of awe felt while secluded next to a stunning waterfall. I had to learn how to use metal leaf and get good enough to apply it smoothly. That took about 2 years. Then it took a lot of time and care to work my way through the details on the canvas. I set it aside a few times to work on other things and allow my brain time to solve some quandries by passively working on them in the background.  I always returned with a fresh point of view. This will certainly not be the last “tropical leaf” painting! I am really interested in using the dynamic shimmer of metals in my work. I had to adjust for the variability of the silver leaf’s changing values, but the final effect adds motion and life that is impossible to show in a photo but I’ll try anyway by posting a detail from different angles.

Here is the ie ie vine in the painting, a woody endemic Hawaiian flower in the pandanus family, shown from two angles so you can see how the silver picks up and reflects light dynamically. You can also see a small portion of the waterfall’s silver leaf.

Giclees (durable canvas prints) of this piece will be available soon. It won’t have the leafing unfortunately since it has to be painted and blended into the rest of the piece, but when I get the final scan, I will be posting it on my “Giclees Available” page.

This piece will debut at the Punahou Carnival Art Show along with two of my little birds:

Akepa With Orange Ohia

Akepa with Orange Ohia

Saffron Finch In A Cannonball Tree by Wendy Roberts

Saffron Finch In A Cannonball Tree

A carnival?  You might find that odd.  Let me explain.  Hawaii has a handful of schools that function more like colleges.  They are rigorous, demand excellent grades, and inspire the kids who attend to really strive for their best potential.  Punahou is one of the largest of these.  They have a great scholarship program so that the school can admit kids who can benefit from the challenging education at a rate of payment their family can afford.  Every year, Punahou holds a carnival to bridge the gap between what the kids are able to pay and what the school demands to keep the facilities top notch.  Oddly enough, they have developed one of the largest, most prestigious art shows in the islands.  I am pleased to be participating. If these pieces are sold at the carnival, half the proceeds will go to the Punahou scholarship fund.  

Miniature Shows for November/December 2017

This November and December, I am getting a chance to show my works from September’s miniature work frenzy.  I had 4 pieces accepted into the AHA Miniature Show which ran throughout November, and 3 were juried in are still on display at the Koa Gallery.  Details are here for the Koa Gallery Show which is still on display:  http://www.wendyrobertsfineart.com/event/mixed-media-miniature-show/

At the AHA Miniature show:

Akepa With Orange Ohia

Akepa with Orange Ohia

Hawaiian Moorhen

Mynah Bird in a Coral Tree by Wendy Roberts

Mynah Bird in a Coral Tree

Violet Vanda Orchids

Violet Vanda Orchids

Mixed Media Miniature Show 20th Anniversary:

Java Sparrows in an Avocado Tree by Wendy Roberts

Java Sparrows in an Avocado Tree

Iiwi on Blue Lobeliads by Wendy Roberts

Iiwi on Blue Lobeliads

Saffron Finch in a Cannonball Tree by Wendy Roberts

Saffron Finch in a Cannonball Tree

Show at Ho’omaluhia is on Display Through August 29

SHOW AT HO’OMALUHIA


HO’OMALUHIA BOTANICAL GARDEN GALLERY
(45-680 Luluku Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744)
August 1 – 29, 2017
Featuring my work, and the art of Cris Meier and Jaime Mendame.   I have a lot of new work on display at the gallery that isn’t going to be online until after the show.

How to make the most of your experience:

  1. The gallery is located in one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Hawaii.  It is more of an arboretum than a garden for the majority, but there is a sizeable manicured garden area next to the visitor center and then countless beautiful areas with a combination of flowering trees and bushes, some of which are very rare.  Make sure to leave a couple of hours to explore the gardens.  I especially recommend Hilonani Lookout, and the beautiful lake.  With the large acres of land, there are many beautiful spots in the garden and you can find a quiet spot even on the busiest weekends.
  2. Second, there is another smaller gallery near the main gallery where I am displaying my work.  In the small gallery, there is a show of Susan Roger-Arregger’s work.  She recently passed away too young from a tragic and sudden spinal cancer. She was an amazing person, artist, and teacher and her work is beautiful and unique.  Once an artist passes away it is always harder to see a cohesive show of their works as the art makes its way into disparate collections and scatters across the globe. This is your chance to see a comprehensive collection of her art before it hides away in the treasure troves of private collectors.
  3. Watch for Jaime painting on site.  He sometimes stops in and paints at the gallery and he is really fun to watch! I am not sure how often or when he will be there so just look to see if you see a man with an easel painting something beautiful on site.

Enjoy the show!

Upcoming Show at Hoomaluhia

Hoomaluhia

Hoomaluhia Garden Path with rare heliconias

Following a successful June show at Kalapawai Cafe in Kailua, I will now be participating in the Paradise Painter’s Show again at Hoomaluhia for my fourth annual showing with this group of talented painters in August 2017. This year will feature Cris Meier, Jaime Mendame, and myself in the main gallery among the lush botanical gardens of Hoomaluhia in Kaneohe.

Peaceful Sanctuary by Wendy Roberts

Peaceful Sanctuary, my painting based off the beauty of Hoomaluhia

I urge you to pack a picnic and some mosquito spray, come see the show, and then go on a stroll and enjoy the gardens for at least an hour. There is a small lake, a gorgeous collection of benches and picnic tables, and a dazzling variety of trees. You can sit overlooking various beautiful scenic garden views. It could not be prettier! Mark your calendars for August 6 – 25, 2017. The gardens are open 9 am – 4 pm daily.

Hoomaluhia

Hoomaluhia with the stunning coral trees in bloom

New Show: By Land or By Sea

I am a participating artist in the newest Honolulu Country Club Show: “By Land or Sea”. It’s a group show featuring around 15 artists.  The show will run from February 26, 2017 to April 9, 2017 at Honolulu Country Club, 1690 Ala Puumalu St., Honolulu 96818

You are invited to come enjoy the reception, March 5, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  If you have never been to an artist’s reception before, you’re welcome to read my post about how to attend an artist’s reception.

Peaceful Sanctuary by Wendy Roberts

Peaceful Sanctuary

Fiery Sunset by Wendy Roberts

Fiery Sunset

I have two pieces on display at the show, “Peaceful Sanctuary” and “Fiery Sunset”. One for land, and one for sea seemed right.

I am looking forward to seeing the completed show.  I normally stay to help hang the artwork, but this weekend was unusually busy so I had to drop it off and leave before the hanging even began.

I really like the Honolulu Country Club as a venue. It’s a very beautiful building on picture-perfect grounds! I hope to see you there!

 

How to Attend an Artist’s Reception

Artists Reception Refreshments WAG 2016

Artists Reception Refreshments

I used to think I wasn’t allowed to go to artists receptions without receiving a specific invitation in the mail.

I remember very clearly the first Artist’s reception I attended.  It was for my Dad’s solo show at Springville Museum of Art in the mid-nineties. Since my Dad was quadriplegic, he had stopped attending art openings long before I could recall due to his health, so he had only one artist’s reception that I remember.  Because it was one of his only events, and he was very ill, I think many people guessed correctly that it would be his last art show as well. Although it was announced in the newspaper, I really didn’t think about the logistics much.  I just knew the upper floor of the museum held quite a crowd. I’m not sure how many people were there, but I know it was an unusually large crowd.  I remember seeing family, classmates of his from high school, neighbors, friends.  Even some people he hadn’t seen in years attended. Many people were dressed up very nicely.  It felt more like a wedding than a gallery reception in many ways.

It was a lovely event, but somehow I concluded that art receptions were only for people who know the artist. I figured I wasn’t allowed to go to an artist’s reception if I wasn’t a personal friend. Now that I have attended many artists receptions (my own and others), I know that for most of the art receptions in Hawaii, my ideas were absolutely incorrect! I would like to encourage you to attend artists receptions, even if you don’t know any of the artists.  If it looks interesting, you should go. They are truly meant to be parties for the public. We want to see our existing friends/family AND meet new people. We love it when people take to time to see the show we worked hard to put together.

Artists Reception AHA 2016

Artists Reception AHA 2016: Most art shows have an approximately 10 minute presentation of awards and/or quick acknowledgement of the organizers and/or artist.

The real deal with art shows:

Unless there are specific invitations with specific instructions, this is the way artists receptions run:

1. Everyone is welcome.

Artists receptions are like a big, open house type party and really, crowds are a gift.  You can bring friends. You don’t have to know the artist.

2. Dress comfortably

You don’t have to dress nicely, but you can if you like.

3. Enjoy the refreshments

There are almost always light refreshments and drinks.  Yes, you can eat and drink them even if you don’t know the artist.  Go ahead – that’s why we have a refreshment table – for ALL our guests.

4. You are not obligated to buy art

You are not expected to buy something – you can certainly do so if you like, but it’s never an obligation.

5. Stay as long as you like

You can stay for part of the night, or the whole time.

6. Please don’t take it personally if your conversation with the artist is short or interrupted.

I am always trying to strike that perfect balance between visiting with everyone and swapping meaningful conversation for as long as possible.  I never manage to talk to everyone, and inevitably, at least a couple of conversations are cut short. I always wish I had more time.

7. Basic human decency is great.

As long as you don’t destroy the art, act in a rude fashion, or drink all the wine and get wasted, you’re going to fit in just fine!

8. You don’t have to be an art expert to attend.

If you don’t know much about art, you are not alone.  There are always plenty of people who come to support the artist in their life, and their attendance doesn’t center around the art.  Likewise, some people know a lot about art, but don’t know anyone. There are lots of reasons to go to a reception.  No one is expecting you to write an art review for the local paper in which you identify intriguing parallels to 15th century Italian art.

9. Just go.

If you see a show in the newspaper or on an online events calendar that you think would be fun to view, try to go on the artist’s reception night.  It will be full of energy and people.  Sometimes there is live music.  It really is like a wonderful party you didn’t have to plan.  Feel free to “crash” an art reception anytime.  And if you like the work, find the artist and say something nice.  Sign the guestbook, and enjoy the ambiance.

Peaceful Sanctuary

I have been getting ready for the art show at Punahou School.  It happens once a year and half the proceeds go to the school.  It’s a good way to help gifted students who need a scholarship to afford the rigorous top-notch education of this famous institution. I am placing three pieces in the show, the main piece is my newest oil painting, “Peaceful Sanctuary”.

Peaceful Sanctuary by Wendy Roberts

Peaceful Sanctuary

I wanted to use my art to make a place of refuge for our stressed-out society. Our collective minds are restless over the past few months as the world changes around us once again.  I had recently seen the Zen Show at Honolulu Museum of Art, and experienced firsthand its powerful effect on my ability to focus and recenter.  This isn’t a Zen painting.  It doesn’t follow the rules of limited palette and limited information. However, I wanted to make an image that would have a calming impact on the viewer.  It is meant to embrace and transport anyone who looks at it into a relaxing place, not just for this occasion, but for the inevitable challenges life send to us all.  Art can be a powerful aid in attaining a particular mood.  I want this painting to make you feel more peaceful, and provide a rest from your worries.  Like its subject, this place is designed to be a refuge to revitalize you.

The painting centers around the comforting, spiritual colors of blue and purple, with a myriad of greens, from softened viridian, and distant mint-greys, to refreshing yellow-greens in the foreground.  I focused on creating a sense of distance with these colors to draw you into the painting’s setting and give it a sense of atmosphere. My hope is that you enjoy it and that it brings you a moment of peace every time you look at it.  Imagine yourself at the side of the lake, listening to distant birds, hearing the rustle of leaves in a delicate breeze. Please accept the renewed hope and energy it offers to you, anytime you need it. Everything is going to be okay.

Windward Artists Guild 57th Annual Member Show Photos

The 57th Annual Member Show for the Windward Artists Guild is now at Hoomaluhia Gallery.  I have a couple of photos of the gallery to share.  This is not remotely comprehensive, just a quick overview. You’ll want to see a lot of the work close up and in person.  This show has a lot of pieces that don’t photograph well: collage with beautiful foils and transparent, hand dyed papers; encaustic work that always has a lot of glare in photos but is luminous and vivid in person; and work protected behind glass, its brilliance obscured in photos by inevitable glare.  These works can only be appreciated fully in person.  See the show before October 28, 2016 at Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens in Kaneohe, and while you’re at it, pack a picnic.  The garden is breathtaking!

Windward Artists Guild 57th Annual Member Show 2016 at Hoomaluhia

Entry Wall of the show

Windward Artists Guild 57th Annual Member Show 2016 at Hoomaluhia Panorama

Panorama from the center of the room

Windward Artists Guild 57th Annual Member Show 2016 at Hoomaluhia Wendy Roberts

Wendy with “Understory” and “Waterlilies”

Meanwhile in the garden just outside, nature is proving that even the cloudy days are gorgeous at Hoomaluhia!

Hoomaluhia Visitor Center

Hoomaluhia Visitor Center

Near the Hoomaluhia Gallery

Trail adjacent to the Hoomaluhia Gallery

Hoomaluhia Heliconia 2016

My favorite plant blooming right now: These yellow heliconia blooming near the gallery are around 3 feet long and fuzzy! The whole plant with its beautiful leaves stretches at least 12 feet, (probably more like 15 feet) tall!

The reception for the show is coming up this weekend on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at from 5 – 7 pm.  We hope to see you there!

September/October Shows

I am participating in two shows for October/November.

Honolulu Hale (City Hall)

Honolulu Hale (City Hall)

Asia-Pacific Arts Consortium’s Pamana Show will take place at Honolulu Hale from September 27 – October 13, 2016.  The reception is on October 6, 2016 from 4 – 6 pm. I will be there , but I will by necessity arrive late by at least a half hour. Three of my works have been juried in for display, “Fiery Sunset”, “Honu Laule’a” and “Sea Lions”.

WAG 57th Annual Member Show

WAG 57th Annual Member Show

Windward Artists Guild is holding its 57th annual Member’s show at the Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden Gallery October 2 – 28, 2016. Please join us at our reception Saturday, October 8 from 5:00 – 7pm. I plan to attend the entire reception. Two of my works will be on display, “Understory”, and “Waterlilies”.

 

WAG Summer Show Best in Show

As my Paradise Painters Show is drawing to close, I realize I never posted the results of the prior show, the Windward Artists Guild Summer Show.  I am pleased to announce that my triptych, “New Day at Kawainui” took best in show at the Windward Artists Guild Summer Show.  The Juror for the show was Richard Duggan, whose credentials astound me. The show looked great, with many artists presenting beautiful work. Here are a couple of photos of the show.

Windward Artists Guild Summer Show

Two of the walls in the show  held at Hawaii State Library

Windward Artists Guild Summer Show

“New Day at Kawainui” won Best in Show