The public is welcome at the upcoming reception at Linekona Gallery. I would especially like to invite anyone reading this blog – that’s you! – to come if you can. You are welcome to brings friends or family. It’s like an open house with a short opening speech. There will be refreshments and lots of amazing artists. I saw the intake day and this is a truly GREAT show! Check out the list of participants on the invitation:
The painting I have in this show is entitled “Forever in the Blink of an Eye”
You walk with your Dad on the trail through gnarled ohia trees
As I walked with my Dad under cottonwoods
Miles and years distant, yet so close
We grow one after another in timeless tree rings,
Seedlings to saplings, soaring, sheltering our shoots
In an endless life cycle
Each growing gradually.
A tree stands in place of a seedling
And a woman instead of a small girl
Forever in the blink of an eye
This painting was the one that kept my sanity during the healing of my ankle break. I had some very surreal moments of complete immersion in the painting process. This painting transformed my understanding of art as a tool for healing. I feel like some of that intensity shines through in the final painting.
I have updated the postcard invitation for the Paradise Painters Show at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden. In addition to my own work and that of Cris Meier with her beautifully detailed renderings in acrylic, and Jaime Mendame’s dreamy tropical oil paintings of landscapes, sea life, and florals, I am delighted to announce the addition of two more artists to the display. Louise Alina joins us with her palette knife landscape paintings, and Ilana Nimz brings a working marine biology background to her art, allowing her to depict rare sights she saw while conducting research on birds, sharks, seals, and more. It’s a really interesting show with a lot to see and think about! It is on display daily from 9 am – 4 pm. The park is absolutely gorgeous so make sure to spend a little time wandering through the acres of scenery!
I will be talking to a group about the mo’olelo of Hauwahine and other stories within the gallery. You are welcome to listen in on Wednesday August 7,2019 at 1:30 pm. There is no reception for this show, but I am always happy to give a little tour of the gallery and talk about what I know of the various works in this show. Please contact me to arrange a meeting.
Paradise Painter’s Show
Ho’omaluhia Garden Gallery (near the Visitor’s Center)
45-680 Luluku Road, Kaneohe, HI
August 1 – 31, 2019
You are invited to view the upcoming exhibit featuring the art of four artists. In the past couple of years it’s been just three of us, Cris Meier, Jaime Mendame, and myself. We have a new artist this year that I haven’t had a chance to meet yet, but I will when I learn how to spell her name. This annual art display at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden is one of the largest of the year for me. This year will feature over 20 original paintings, and a couple of giclees (canvas prints), debuting several new paintings both large and small. There is no reception for this show, but I will be happy to give you a tour upon request. Please contact me, and we can arrange to meet at the gallery. I will be happy to tell you about my own work and what I know of my talented colleagues as well. Jaime Mendame often paints on site on the weekends during the duration of this show, and he is very fun to watch.
Notably for me, this show will offer the first chance to see the paintings “Hauwahine, Guardian of Kawainui” and “Sunset at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine” displayed together. These are two major works that were inspired by the process of the Association of Hawaii Artists’ recent exhibit, “Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place” that recently finished display at the Honolulu Museum of Art School Main Gallery. Oahu artists were invited to learn the history of a sacred and storied place of legend (a wahi pana), and then encouraged to use the new information to capture the spirit of the location in art. This is the first time both related works created about Kawanui’s beautiful Na Pohaku o Hauwahine area will be shown together. Only “Hauwahine, Guardian of Kawainui” was completed in time for the museum exhibit, but the two paintings depict the everyday beauty and the legendary meaning of the same place, respectively. I feel they are deeply related to each other and I’m glad they will be seen together at least this once.
Hauwahine Guardian of Kawainui
Sunrise at Na Pohanu o Hauwahine
Also debuting at this show, the painting, “Anianiau with Orange Ohia”, a painting of the endangered honeycreeper bird from Kauai with the rare orange form of the ohia flowers (featured on the postcard above). Another major work, “Birds of Kalalau” will be making its first appearance, and several small original affordable works that will not be placed online until after this show. Some paintings always sell during the show, so please take the opportunity to go see it early in its run if you want to see every piece (and/or have first pick!)
I am very pleased to announce that I will be one of the guest artists on HI on Art, a new TV show that is currently running on Oahu Spectrum Cable Channel 11 at 11 pm each Saturday. The episode with my clip will be on July 27, 2019, and you can find it online at the HI on Art website: https://www.hionart.com/ for a limited time after its airing. Special thanks to Will Espero and Fred Vanderpoel for taking the time to come to my studio and film the segment – they were wonderful company and very skilled! Their show is seeking sponsors and artists, and all kinds of community involvement. They do great work! I will be tuning in each week and look forward to seeing who will be on the show each week. The premiere was wonderful! I like the long pan shots of details of the art, and I love hearing the thoughts everyone has to share! Truly, everyone has an interesting story and since I enjoy hearing from other creative people, this is a new favorite show!
The Wahi Pana exhibit is up right now as I write this – the reception came and went in a blur! I tended the show and gave tours a lot during the first week. I truly thought I would have more time to keep everyone up to date on the status of the exhibit while it was still an “upcoming exhibit”, but it turns out that this exhibit was a full-time job for several months and it ramped up to a fever pitch for me right before the reception as I struggled to finish the vinyl signage and the website, wahi-pana.com. Thus, I sent out a quick social media alert about the reception, but now I want to follow it up here and invite you to the exhibit. Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place is on display until July 5. It is spectacular! So many excellent paintings that display a true connection to the land and the history that make Hawaii unique.
Personally, I will be sitting 2 more times: Thursday, June 27, 2019 10:30 – 1 pm, and July 3, 2019, 1 pm – 4:30 pm. If you are not able to come at those particular times, but would still like to have me show you around, please contact me. There are always artists at the gallery, giving visitors information and adding a personal touch to the display.
You can also view a video covering the overall concept of the exhibit. I dusted off my video editing skills again to create a little overview of the exhibit’s concept.
I have a little clip in the middle.
There were a lot of people involved in the success of this exhibit. I am nervous to begin thanking everyone because I know I may end up leaving someone out, but I really want to write this. I was not one of the speakers at the reception and this would have probably made a lousy speech, and you can’t put hyperlinks in a talk either – so this is a better format anyway. I really have so much gratitude toward so many people! Here goes:
Thank you to our sponsors. Their generous donations of time and services made this exhibit possible. To the Peter Drewliner and the Charles E Higa Foundation for a generous financial gift, Edward Enterprises Printing for donating labor on our beautiful catalog, Chromaco, Inc Fine Art Printing for our awards, Associa Inc, and Insurance Associates, and Kimberly Howsley of Aloha Tuscany Studios for financial support.
Thank you to our educators, Kumu Glen Kila, Kumu Joe Recca, Kumu Shirley Recca, Dr. Paul Brennan, and Kamaka Pili. Thank you to all our online educators – many of whose names are hard to find. If your project is on our education page, it was part of our success. You inspired us with your knowledge of these sacred, important locations.
Thank you most of all to Dawn Yoshimura, the curator of the exhibit. The exhibit would not exist without her. This was her baby and she has worked so hard! I do not think anyone has seen the hundreds of hours she donated to the art community because she was overseeing the entire project and doing a large share of the work herself for 5 months (plus the proposal writing time too!). She was the one who pitched the idea and lead us all the way through the design of the show and all the ambitious side projects: panels, discussions, education, etc… She spent the most time of anyone on this project – and that is saying a lot! Time she could have spent at the easel has been spent in connecting and guiding us all to make something greater than the sum of our parts. This is by far the most detailed, far-reaching, community-oriented art event I have been involved in helping to organize. It was all-consuming for me, and even moreso for Dawn. The care and the time really does show in the final exhibit. Some artists have continued their work on series inspired by this exhibit. The influence from this experience will ripple throughout the islands for a long time…
Thank you to Kimberly Howsley for her help as president of AHA and co-chair. She spent many hours editing, planning, and honing the exhibit, and was especially involved in the panels and extra community events. Thanks to her husband Roger, and friends Richard and Asia Di Antonio (who is serving as interim AHA secretary) for their help with tasks especially leading up to the reception! I apologize where I only know first names, but they were so kind to help us!
Thank you to HoMA Director of Curatorial Affairs Healoha Johnston for selecting the concept, and to Exhibit Manager Marlene Siu for hours and hours of coordination with the museum, for helping us communicate with the museum’s teams of graphic designers and web developers. Everyone in the museum team did a wonderful job of helping us bring this exhibit to the larger community. Between AHA and Museum publicity, a crowd of over 200 people showed up for the reception – HOMAS Gallery (Linekona) was standing room only with many people in the hallways!
Thank you to William Zwick for hours spent in painting and hanging the exhibit with Dawn. You two chose a great color of green and I can see the square feet of paint and hours you spent to perfect the exhibit. Every piece is in harmony in its place with its neighbors.
Thank you to Martina for the gorgeous flowers! Your time and aloha really shone through the beauty of the arrangements and lei. The lei I wore at the reception is the most beautiful lei I have ever worn! It was memorable and extravagant! The artist participant lei were unique and wonderful! I have mine hanging in a tree so the Pele’s hair can grow.
Thank you to MaryAnne Long for being our emcee, for helping to communicate with the art community via many email blasts, for helping us get an article out in the Midweek Voice, for all your help at the reception, and for hours of editing help on various written materials. You are so multi-talented!
Thank you to Jui-Lien for a beautiful graphic design contribution. She took the logo and the composite images I created and gave them a cohesive unifying color scheme that inspired everything we did after that initial poster design. Beautiful work! Aslo, she helped us with publicity to a degree I could not have duplicated.
Thank you to Jessica Orfe for her tireless help with promotion – placing posters and postcards, and early design work too! As mentioned, the crowd we drew was thanks in part to your energy and enthusiasm.
Thank you to James Hsu for keeping track of a flurry of treasury activity and writing out who knows how many reimbursement checks for the many details of this exhibit in a timely fashion.
Thank you Liz Corbin for spearheading the refreshments – it was elegantly done! Thank you Adriana Franc, Frances Wong, Barbara Sumida, Linda Umstead, Beth Anderson, and Marilyn Luipold for assistance with the refreshments and cleanup on a hot day where all the punch was gone by the end of the reception!
Thank you to Joe Kingston for the beautiful live music! It’s always a pleasure to hear you play!
Thank you to the 45 other artists for your excellent work! I can tell there was a lot of thought and intention placed into the work you created. It is a very special exhibit because you each took the time to read the prospectus, participate in the process, and follow all the guidelines. I know some of the requirements must have seemed arbitrary before the show, but at least for me, seeing the results hanging in the gallery, I am glad Dawn had the foresight to create the small touches that add a cohesive look to the overall exhibit. Thank you all for sitting the show as well. Your time is truly appreciated! I know it’s a long list, but I want to go ahead and name the participants here with the link to their art on the wahi-pana.com site.
We appreciate our AHA artists Edd Harnas, and Liz Corbin, who have also volunteered to help sit the show with us in solidarity. We managed to fill all the time slots thanks to our generous artists!
As many names as are here, it is not everyone – especially if you were on the museum teams for the facility, security, parking or the graphics/publicity team. I wish I could list you all by name. I know it took time to write the blog, compile the articles, submit copy to chase down third party publicity, to list it on the calendar, to fix the lighting in place for the gallery and the hall, to make sure the gallery is secure each day and every night. There is a whole crew of extremely kind maintenance, exhibits, and security teams who help us with physical logistics. The parking team saved us many headaches by being willing to help us with our passes. Thank you everyone, truly! Without all the collaboration, this would not have all come together. This was truly a huge community effort in which every stroke from every paddle has helped us approach the destination! Mahalo nui loa!
Waikiki through time: On the left, rural 1800s Waikiki as depicted in the painting Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, and Helumoa by Charles Furneaux blended with a modern photo courtesy of Christopher Chappelear, Composite image by Wendy Roberts
Now that the busy holiday season is over, and Punahou Carnival has come and gone, it is time to focus on spring and summer display plans. This spring and summer are going to be very exciting! Fellow artist and good friend Dawn Yoshimura created a thought-provoking exhibit concept for Association of Hawaii Artists (AHA), and also a second excellent concept for Hawaii Watercolor Society. Amazingly, both ideas were accepted by Honolulu Art Museum, and thus, HWS will be busy working on their exhibit, while a group of us from AHA are working on our exhibit, simultaneously bringing these two beautiful ideas to fruition. Having both proposals accepted is quite a honor and an accomplishment for Dawn. Now she is putting her energy into making the AHA exhibit a reality.
I am involved with the AHA exhibit, a prestigious curated show for AHA which will give local artists a chance to show their love of the beautiful islands we live on. Working with Dawn, and AHA’s new president, Kimberly Howsley, we drafted the initial prospectus and associated plans for the upcoming event and exhibit for AHA. The title is: Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place. “Wahi pana” is a special term in Hawaiian. It roughly translates to “the pulse of a place”. It’s quite an amazing imagery. Perhaps the most intimate marking of time we each experience is the pulse of our own hearts. To extend that intimate, universal sense of time to a specific special location is to extend the bounds of our bodies and our senses into the natural world surrounding us. To me, it shows the beautiful reverence for nature that is present in the names and sayings of the Hawaiian culture and language. The important things that happen over the course of time add to the mana or energy of the place. To know the story of a location is to develop a deeper understanding of the feeling you might get when you step into a certain part of the island.
Pali Outlook 1800s to Modern Day: Pali Highway is one of the arteries for modern traffic moving to and from Honolulu and the windward side. It was once a path for Hawaiian villagers and later farmers to bring food by foot and later by cart from farms on the rural windward side over to Honolulu. Vintage photo courtesy of Kailua Historical Society, modern photo and composite by Wendy Roberts.
The Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place exhibit will consist of a historical education session for all artists on a selected location (the are 1 – 3 locations per Hawaiian Island). Over the weekend of March 8 – 10, artists will be meeting in a limited selection of special historical areas to create art on site. This will foster community and more richly illustrate the way different artists experience the same places. The resulting art will be curated to assure quality with a desire to show the diversity of work created by artists living and working in the islands now. Dawn’s underlying question is whether knowing the history and lore of a specific location will enrich or change the appearance or focus of art done on site where artists can feel the energy of the area and remember the stories they have been told. She is an ardent plein air watercolor painter, and it is inevitable root that her concept grew from. This habit of painting regularly outdoors is widespread among a variety of media (oil painter, pastel artists, etc…) especially here in Hawaii where the weather allows for painting outside year-round. The art in the exhibit will not all be paintings and drawings. Other media can be adapted to be created at least partially on-site, so hopefully we will have a variety of lovely 2D and 3D pieces with a palpable sense of place. The show will center on the feeling that stems from first-hand observation and familiarity with the artist’s chosen location. I suspect for many artists the educational segment really will deepen the sense of these locations being unique, and special to history. In turn, perhaps the locations will be more meaningful to the artist as well.
As of this writing, on February 3, 2019, there is a website (wrangling the website will be one of my biggest contributions to the show). It is destined to grow with time into a more comprehensive and information-rich part of the exhibit. Right now, it is mostly geared toward artists, spelling out the concept and presenting the prospectus and calendar. We are trying to spread news of this opportunity throughout the islands. As time goes forth, the site will transform into an online catalog and documentation that augments the exhibit for visitors to the gallery. The address is: www.wahi-pana.com. I will certainly mention it again in the months to come, and expect to be posting a few updates on Instagram and Facebook as the events unfold. Hopefully one of my pieces will be part of the exhibit as well.
On Saturday 22 and 23, a group of artists volunteered to beautify the traffic boxes in Kaimuki. Though I was only able to participate for one day, I was able to finish a very large (6′ X 10′ in all) traffic box mural on the corner of Waialae Ave and 16th Street – right next to a bus stop. It was a great experience and the neighborhood was very supportive and appreciative!
The design process began with a sketch a couple of weeks prior. It’s rough, but you can see I stuck fairly close to the plan, just adding a few more native and Polynesian-introduced plants when I found out that the extremely nice family living close to the box would know and enjoy having more plants on the traffic box. It turned out the neighbor adjacent was an avid gardener and bird aficionado, and they will be looking at this box all the time, so I wanted to make a special adjustment as a thank you to them for their unusually kind hospitality. They even brewed me a cup of tea using leaves from their own garden!
If you look at the box in person, make sure to peek at the back. I painted all the sides – the back was just as important as the front. The back is inspired by the name of this neighborhood – Kaimuki. Ka imu ki means “ti plant oven”. It was an area famous for the many ti plant ovens on its hills. The ti plant was a very important and useful plant to the Hawaiians. It is still in heavy use today as the raw material for hula skirts, lei, and also as a leaf that can be used to cook. Hau, a plant used for medicine and for fiber for tough ropes is also on the back. I painted a lot of taro on the front and sides which is a Hawaiian staple food that is often growing wild in wetland areas. Finally, I painted pickleweed, pohuehue, a small fern that looks like a 4-leaf clover, and a wild pink hibiscus, all plants that preceded human settlement.
The finished piece was accomplished after a very touching Hawaiian blessing. I felt the power of the ceremony followed me throughout the day, inspiring an unusually productive painting pace. I skipped lunch to race the sun, moving around the box as the shade moved. I enjoyed talking to various visitors throughout the work day, especially meeting a lot of the neighbors. This area really has strong community feeling. Despite the major road, the neighbors know and care about one another. Many have lived there a long time. I was treated exceedingly kindly all day long – countless shakas, “mahalos!”, and nice comments from passing cars, and neighbors offering juice or chocolate milk, etc… I cannot thank the community of Kaimuki enough for the aloha spirit they showed during this process. It was very heart warming and made me really want to do this project justice!
I am very grateful to Jennifer Noel (the organizer), Bill Brizee, and Tracy Brilhante for getting me involved with this project and helping to make it all work. Thank you to the Kaimuki neighbors who were so supportive and grateful for the project. They made all the artists feel like a million dollars! Thank you to the following photographers who kindly posted photos of native birds and flowers online in creative commons like Flickr Commons and Wikimedia Commons to allow for accurate reference photos for this project: Dan Clark, David Eickhoff, Forest and Kim Starr, John and Karen Hollingsworth, and Rick Obst. Without the lovely photos I could not have made the various Hawaiian Moorhens and plants as believable. Mahalo nui loa to all. I hope the traffic box will brighten the area and be something the neighbors enjoy seeing.
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
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
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!
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!
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
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.