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.
To be able to travel, paint and teach art has been a goal of mine for quite some time.
So being invited to teach art in Maui at the Hui No’Eau is truly a dream come true.
Just a few months after moving to the Big Island of Hawaii last year, I was contacted by Hui No’Eau to come teach my workshops there as a visiting island artist. The school is a nonprofit, community art school in Maui, situated on one of the historic Baldwin estates. It has a view of Haleakala to one side and the distant coast to the other side. It’s upcountry, surrounded by rolling hills, lush vegetation and meadows. The school itself is set on 22 acres with a variety of buildings for arts and craft disciplines. The main gallery shows work by contemporary artists and the classes are well attended.
Yes.. it’s real. I taught my first workshop this weekend at Hui No’Eau called Tropical Expressions using Watercolor and Collage. It was a full class and so much fun to teach. Sharing my knowledge and inspiring others to tap into their creativity is truly my ultimate dream. Next weekend I teach abstract painting using acrylics on paper.
During the week my plan is to reconnect with island friends and paint, paint and paint. Maui is first island of the Hawaiian islands that I visited and first island I loved. The Big Island is where my soul lives now but Maui is still one fabulous place to visit.
This summer finds me moving forward in life as well as in art.
Treating myself to a beautiful gift of nature and painting, I revisited the place of my teenage summer stomping grounds… Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.
I spent a glorious week painting in Cape Cod in the company of my pleinair painting buddies, Laura Levine and Clay Fried. Inspired by one another and the illuminated light, we painted along the shores in Truro, Wellfleet and Provincetown. We especially enjoyed finding that ‘golden hour’ when the lower angle of the sun sets the landscape ablaze in rich light and elongated shadows. Our painting retreat was filled with pleinair painting, discussions about art and artists, figure drawing in Provincetown, and soaking up the mid-day rays on the beach.
I then ferried over to Martha’s Vineyard where I met with family and friends to embrace the island magic along the beaches and lagoons. Returning to nature as inspiration, my paintings reflect the color and light of the east coast summer shore line.
Go with the Flow ~ Encouraging Playfulness with Watercolor
Yesterday I offered my very first painting and collage workshop in Hawaii. Eighteen students showed up eager to explore watercolor as a new medium and expand their painting skills. I demonstrated watercolor techniques and later revealed to my students how they could collage their paintings and discover many wonderful and unexpected surprises. The emphasis was on process and self discovery.
I felt honored that we were able to use the late Arthur Johnsen’s art studio. It’s a large and beautiful, light filled space infused with Arthur’s energy. I believe everyone there felt inspired by the creative spirit and artistic legacy he left behind.
Everyone truly had fun. I look forward to offering another workshop in drawing before I leave the island.
New Haven Magazine, interview, December, 2015
Check out a fabulous new article about my artwork, studio and my life.
New Haven Magazine: December issue, 2015 (pgs 33-35) written by Lesley Roy
Just saw this today.
Ceramic tiles made from my watercolor painting done in Brazil this year.
My friends are installing the tiles in a fountain.
Think of the possibilities.. a whole set made from one painting.
Please view my Shop for other artistic ideas made from my artwork.
Arriving in style at the Blue Mountain Gallery for my NYC exhibition debut!
June 18th-July 3rd.
Gallery Hours:Â Tuesday â€“ Saturday 11AM â€“ 6PM
530 West 25th, 4th floor â€“ New York, NY 10001
Works are fromÂ my MFA thesis: a portrait series of my elderly parents expressingÂ their enduring love.Â I’ll be showing again in the Blue Mountain Small Works Invitational show: July 7th-July 25th
Lucky me! I spent a week recently during my winter break on my beloved Big Island of Hawaii. I was lucky to be invited to paint along the black lava coast with my friend and esteemed Hawaiian artist Arthur Johnsen. Pele was kind to us. The road to lower Puna was still open and the weather was beautiful. Rain left rainbows and we painted the light along the coast among the graceful ironwood trees. Arthur painted me painting the coast and surf.
Now showing in Sonoma Holistic Center & Spa,Â 525 Third Street West, Sonoma, CA
Landscape paintings and floral studies currently on display and available for purchase.
Just returned from a fantastic visit to sunny California! There I connected with old friends, including Barbara Bailey and owner of the Sonoma Holistic Spa in Sonoma. She asked if I would display my work on her beautiful spa walls. How could I resist displaying my paintings in a healing environment where the art of relaxation and beauty are practiced?
Enjoy my art while receiving a relaxing and rejuvenating massage or ayurvedic treatment in Sonoma, CA.
Last week I visited Miami to see friends, walk on the beach, and feast my eyes on art!
My trip coincided with Art Basel,Â the most prestigious art show in the Americas. Hundreds of leading galleries from the US and other countries showcased works by more than 2,000 artists. It’s a way to take a quick peek at the contemporary ‘art scene’ in just one place but impossible to see or take everything in during such a short stay.
The questions the show sparked for me are: How does an artist earn the title ‘contemporary’? How does a dealer determine which artist has or will have value? Is an artist’s work valued only by his/her commercial viability? Who and how does one judge the artistic merit of an artist or piece of artwork? These are questions I ponder in the vast array of art I viewed and the questions I ask myself at given points along my own artistic journey.