Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Kauai's Orchid and Art Festival 2010

This past weekend I was honored to be teaching "Painting Kauai's Exotic Orchids" at the Hanapepe Orchid and Art Festival. This is a photo from Friday's class that took place at Amy Lauren's Gallery.

This artist said that she normally does oil painting and that this is her FIRST watercolor. I think she did a beautiful job on this one!

Another gorgeous start to a beautiful orchid painting!
A lovely orchid painted by a young lady who just turned 13 years old! Happy Birthday!
Now this was the most unique and imaginative painting! This eight year old student painted the top painting, and then she decided she wanted to put her orchid in a pot. So she drew out and did the bottom painting to connect the two all from her own imagination!

Here's where the class was held.

After the class I took a walk around to see the "Orchid Show".

Then I took a stroll around Hanapepe Town to visit the art galleries there.

They even had a classic car show.

Here's the painting I worked on during my second class on Saturday.

Another beautiful piece by one of my students.

Here's a glimpse of Hanapepe and the famous Banana Patch Studio.


I hope you've enjoyed this pictorial about our little orchid festival!

Aloha and Happy Creating,

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Online Watercolor Class - The Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

reference photo

This is the second of my online art classes, Watercolor Tropical Flowers of Kauai - The Bird of Paradise. We start with a reference photo (above) and then I show you how to draw and paint this amazing flower step-by-step through video, text, and photos. I also provide a detailed art supply list. Plus, you can work at your own pace!

Here's a sneak peak of one of my videos:

If you are interested in taking one of my online art classes, please email me. You need to have a Facebook account to participate. The class fee is a voluntary donation of $10 per class. I am currently offering a watercolor landscape class, the watercolor bird of paradise class, and a beginning sumi-e (bamboo) class.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

New Sumi-e Style ACEOs

I love to dabble in this beautiful art form by creating these precious, minature original paintings from time-to-time. Each one measures just 3.5"x2.5" and are sometimes referred to as Artist Trading Cards or ACEOs. ACEO stands for art cards, editions and originals. They are like sports trading cards for artists and are a very popular item being sold and collected over the internet. The only requirement for creating one is that it should measure 2.5" x 3.5" (the standard size of a sports trading card). The medium used to create one is limitless - watercolor, acrylic, pencil, photography, oils, just to name a few.

These original watercolors can be purchased for only $15 each at my Etsy Gallery: http://www.kauaiartist.etsy.com .

Aloha and Have a Wonderful Day,