Wednesday, December 31, 2008


I would love to wish everyone a Very Happy and Blessed New Year! Below are some new ACEOs (2.5"x3.5" Original Watercolor paintings) done in my sumi-e style. Enjoy!

Wild Bamboo

Wild Bamboo II

Let's Hold Claws

Me and My Little Crab

I'm Having a Crabby Day

Just Struttin' Around with My Chick

Hawaii's Moa Chicken

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Kauai Society of Artists Show

I finally did it! I joined Kauai Society of Artists and entered my first juried show with them. (Thank you Schar!) All three pieces I entered made it into their Small Works Show (16"x16"x16" maximum).

The show runs through January 30, 2009 and can be viewed at Kukui Grove Exhibition Hall in Lihue, Kauai. The juror is Maile Andrade, an Associate Professor & Graduate Chair at Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu, and mixed media artist. The show is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Fridays until 8 p.m.).

All three of my entries are 8"x10" framed to 11"x14" in a koa veneer frame and can be purchased at the show for $195.00 each.

Poipu Hula Pastel

Relaxing at Maha'ulepu Pastel

A Hawaiian Hibiscus Watercolor with Pen & Ink

Monday, December 8, 2008

Twas the Day before Christmas (from an artist’s viewpoint)

Twas the Day before Christmas (from an artist’s viewpoint)
By Marionette

Twas the day before Christmas, when leaving the house
"I’m off to my studio,” I said to my spouse.
The stockings were hung by the easels with care,
In hopes that the artists soon would be there.

The children were painting with greens, whites, and reds,
While abstract expressionism danced in their heads.
And Schar with her palette and I with my matt,
Had just framed a portrait of her lovable cat.

When out on the street there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.
A knock at the doorway, I drew with a hush,
Tore up my good paper and threw down my brush.

The moon of my landscape that’s whiter than snow
Gave the lustre of varnish to canvas below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But an oak taboret and eight artists so near.

With an afro so bushy, so fuzzy like moss,
I knew in a moment it must be Bob Ross.
More gesso, more fresco that led them to fame,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Vincent! now, Frida! now, Warhol and Cassatt!
On, Pollack! On, Degas! On Cezanne and Seurat!
To the top of the canvas! to the top of the wall!
Now paint away! Paint away! Paint away all!"

He was dressed in an apron, his colors all bright,
And his hands were all tarnished with titanium white.
A bundle of supplies were flung on his back,
And he looked like an artist, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as brown as his ‘fro.

The stump of a brush he held tight in his teeth,
And the fumes it encircled his head like a wreath.
He created in oils with a number five knife,
That shook when he painted his famous still life!

He was happy and jolly and had a big heart,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of my art!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the canvases, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, out the door he sure goes!
He sprang to his van, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like a Barking Sands missile.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Little Trees to all, and to all a good-night!"

"Schar" is a good friend of mine and also a local artist on Kauai. She teaches "Art for Change" in my studio from time-to-time.

"Bob Ross" is a famous artist who hosted "The Joy of Painting" on PBS where he often painted his "happy little trees". He passed away quite a few years ago from cancer and is greatly missed by many (especially me). From Wikipedia: When asked about his laid-back approach to painting and eternally calm and contented demeanor, he once commented: "I got a letter from somebody here a while back, and they said, 'Bob, everything in your world seems to be happy.' That's for sure. That's why I paint. It's because I can create the kind of world that I want, and I can make this world as happy as I want it. Shoot, if you want bad stuff, watch the news."

"Barking Sands" is where Kauai's military base is located. They often test defense missiles over the ocean.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Two New ACEOs - Kiahuna Water Garden I & II

Kiahuna Water Garden I Original Watercolor ACEO, $15

Kiahuna Water Garden II Original Watercolor ACEO, $15

These lovely water lillies were found on the grounds of the Kiahuna Plantation Resort in Poipu, Kauai! Known as Moir Gardens, this place is also known for its exotic cacti and orchids! Photos and a story about the gardens can be viewed on my Blog at .

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