It was a pleasure to present Princess with my finished oil portrait and the other paintings and prints by other members in my drawing group. I had seen Princess bartending at Uncle Robert’s Awa night market for some time and had been inspired by her classic and beautiful Hawaiian features. When I finally got the courage to ask her to pose for us she graciously accepted the invitation and came to pose for us not just one, but several times. It’s rare to be able to paint from the same model and pose over a long duration. It’s the closest I have come to painting true royalty.
Like the moon, each one of us is in a specific phase.
Do we know which phase we are in? Are we in a phase of our own choosing?
If I was a lunar phase which one would I be? Waxing? Waning? A full moon or a new moon?
Perhaps we go through cycles where there is no end or beginning, but rather an ongoing flow in this space time continuum.
Today however, I paused in the cycle.
Coming to the close of my 30 paintings in 30 day challenge, I took time to reflect back and set a new intention on what’s next in my path as artist. Contemplating colors while I refilled the wells in my paint palette, I picked out new tubes of colors to try while I cleaned out older colors. I felt a gentle shift while I set up for a new painting phase.
I also refilled the watercolor palettes my students will use. I teach art regularly now.
Sharing and supporting others is a form of pay back and a way to pay it forward.
They say that teachers aren’t in it for the income, bur rather the outcome.
Holding this new intention I will see where this new phase leads me.
Using the Picture Plane to draw and see more accurately.
In this week’s drawing workshop we continued exercises from Betty Edward’s book Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain™*. I had ordered some acetate “picture planes” from her site that we used to trace our hands in foreshortened view. Afterward we used the picture plane drawings as guides to help us drawing directly from our hands. Foreshortened views of the hand are challenging for artists at all levels. My students were able to focus their attention for over an hour as they completed their drawings. I’m excited to see how they expand their seeing and drawing abilities as a result of these workshops.
Join us! The next class is scheduled for October 13th, 2019 in Seaview Estates, Pahoa Register
*Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain™ is a book by Betty Edwards that since 1979 has been helping individuals learn to draw by tapping into the power of their own “right brains.
On March 14th, I was present at the art opening for the Kahilu Theater’s 4th annual juried exhibition. I was honored to have my painting “Transmutation” selected to be part of this fabulous juried show and hung in a beautiful venue.
I was inspired by the daily view from the street where I lived in Hawaii, just 3 miles from the flow. The view was the gigantic plume from Fissure 8 that towered upward and filled the night sky each day with it’s fiery glow. It flowed for several months while I was on island.
Amazing heartfelt artwork was on display by artists who shared artistic interpretations of transformative destruction/creation experiences in their lives, many who were displaced by the volcanic eruption and many who lost their homes.
The show is free and open to the public Mon-Fri 9am-1pm and during all performances. It will be on display at the Kahilu Theater until April 27th.
The last two weeks went by so fast teaching at Hui No’Eau on Maui. Both the watercolor and the abstract painting workshops were full, and the students that attended were an amazing group of creatively inspired adults who sought to expand and explore their creative potential. I feel so grateful and honored to have been invited to Maui to teach at the Hui. I look forward to return visits. After all I’m just an island away.