Saturday, July 23, 2011

Time Flies............

Why is it summer flies by so fast?  Is it because there is always so much to see and do outside?  Or is it because I dread the arrival of the colder months?  Either way, it's hard to believe there is only one week remaining in July.  I'm just not ready for it to end!  That being said, there comes a time when I am ready for the boys to go back to school and back into a daily routine.  My next few weeks will be busy ones, filled with swim lessons, piano lessons, soccer camp, and art classes.  Of course, painting time should be figured in as well.  Currently I'm working on a painting of plumeria. 

The painting above was completed during drying times with my previous piece of the Hawaiian dancer.  I'd like to play around with  more of these small landscape paintings.  This one is about 4"x6".  I enjoy experimenting with different background techniques and then adding detail to the foreground. 

Enjoy what's left of the summer months!  Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Hawaiian Dancer 11"x15" in watercolor
Mahalo means 'thank you' in Hawaii.  
A huge "Mahalo" goes out to my latest customer (and wonderful friend) who requested this painting.  The girl in the painting is actually her cousin who graduated from hula school (yes, there really is such a thing as hula school).  This young lady was also part of a group called  Merrie Monarchs whose mission was to preserve and promote the art of hula and Hawaiian culture.  She also taught hula for many years.

Hawaii is on my bucket list of places to visit.  I would have to pack an extra bag just for my painting supplies.  What an amazingly beautiful place it would be to paint.  I'll need to pick up a winning lottery ticket or sell more paintings in order to get there! 

Monday, July 4, 2011

Aloha and Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July to all my blogging friends!  I've been away for a bit, but I'm back.  Our family spent a week in the land of the "mouse".  That's Disneyworld for those of you who don't know.  The weather was very uncooperative the entire time we were there.  However, that didn't deter us from enjoying the rides and attractions.  Although 4 days of park hopping can take a toll on your physical and mental well being.  Needless to say, we all had a terrific time.

Getting back to the business of painting, I was able to dip my brushes back into my paint and make some serious progress on the Hawaiian dancer in watercolor.  It was especially nice working outdoors.  As you can see from the photo below, I set up shop on our patio. 

Now that most of the landscaping in our yard is in full bloom, it's time to immortalize the flowers in watercolor.   Is there anyone else out there who enjoys painting outdoors as much as I do?  What are your favorite outdoors subjects?


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