Wednesday, December 15, 2010

How to Paint Rain Drops

My gift to you this Holiday Season is a video demo on how to paint rain drops (or Hawaiian snow) on a red hibiscus using watercolors.

This technique can be used on just about any flower. First, finish painting the flower including any shading and highlights. Second, make sure it is dry. Next, start the rain drop technique I demonstrate in the video to create lovely, three dimensional rain drops.

Aloha and Mahalo!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

2nd Annual Winter Fine Art Festival

National Tropical Botanical Garden and Women Artists of Kaua‘i’s
2nd Annual Winter Fine Art Festival on NTBG‘s ‘Ohana Day,
Saturday, December 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Southshore Visitors Center.

Celebrate the winter holiday season with this free family event featuring the Women Artists of Kaua’i. Stroll through The Meadow where you will find fine art, live music, and delicious Thai food, smoothies, and more offered by Happy Snacks lunch wagon.

Gallery quality work will be available for sale in a variety of styles and mediums including paintings, photography, jewelry, clay, mixed media and more. Artists participating include Helen Turner, Anna Skaradzinska, Millicent Cummings, Lilian de Mello, Leslie Hagen, Patrice Pendarvis, Dava Shepherd, Leslie Tribolet, Marionette Taboniar, and Susi Strom. A portion of the proceeds from the art sales will be donated directly to the Garden.

The musical lineup includes Dr. Matthew Miller on guitar from 9:30-11 a.m., Easy Living Jazz Christmas Concert by Helen Turner and Jeff Iglesia from 11 a.m.-noon, folk music by Millicent Cummings from noon-1:30 p.m., and Mahealani from 2-3 p.m.

NTBG’s Southshore Visitors Center is located across from Spouting Horn at 4425 Lāwa‘i Rd, Po‘ipū. For more information, call the Center at 742-2433, or visit

National Tropical Botanical Garden is a not-for-profit, non-governmental institution with nearly 2,000 acres of gardens and preserves in Hawai‘i and Florida. Its mission is to enrich life through discovery, scientific research, conservation, and education by perpetuating the survival of plants, ecosystems, and cultural knowledge of tropical regions. NTBG is supported primarily through donations and grants.

The Women Artists of Kaua‘i promotes the works of female artists on the island while raising funds for local charities on Kaua‘i. All works are original, consisting of paintings, prints, photography, drawings, sculptures, mixed-media, metal, glass, fabric and textile art, or digital art.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Silk Painting Class

I recently taught a few silk painting classes and was really impressed with what my students painted. The above photos are all paintings by my students and many of them have never painted on silk before. Silk painting is so much fun, and I really enjoy teaching it. Mahalo to my students for such lovely work!!!!!!

For more information on my classes, please visit:

My next silk painting class will be on Friday, December 10 from 11am-2pm at my Waimea, Kauai studio, Painting Paradise.

Aloha and Have a Great Day,