Color Bridges are guaranteed fun

September 27, 2018 Living Aloha, Workshops

I developed Color Bridges as a way to play with and learn about my tools and materials. Whenever I bought a new paint color, brush or paper, I spent time exploring it by painting abstracts and swatches. I also developed an intuitive calligraphic abstracts through meditation upon Japanese kanji and using a harmonic color palette that deliberately uses color to evoke and promote a sense of peace. I painted these for years for myself but in 2012, I shared itRead More

Sharing my love of watercolor with teenagers

A Day at Farrington High School Home of the Governors. I was lucky to be invited to be a guest at Farrington High School yesterday to present my story as a local girl who studied art and lives off my creativity and to give a few lessons on watercolor. I had 80 minutes and three classes in a day. The school has fostered no less than 3 Hawaii State Governors over the years. I prepared about 20 minutes of talkingRead More

Teaching watercolor to kupuna

The Joy of Being an Absolute Beginner I started teaching Beginning Watercolor to kupuna (seniors) at Palama Settlement as an expanded program for their senior activities last year. Palama began with ceramics and watercolor, something we have been doing for the keiki (children) for some time now. It was an interesting challenge and I was very excited and curious to see what the interest would be from our kupuna.  I began the first class with 6 students, the second grewRead More

Devaluation of Creative Work?

I appreciate a good bargain like any other person, but this post about ‘more books than I can read in a lifetime’ gave me a feeling of unease instead of elation. The music industry was revolutionized with the easy availability first of CD, then online streaming of content–paid for legitimately or not to the point that global conscience about having to pay for music has devalued it to the point that almost no one I know feels it is aRead More

Chuukese Folk Tales

I started working on this project last year, when a grant was submitted to produce a collection of Chuukese folk tales gathered from the Chuukese community in Honolulu. Palama Settlement, where I volunteer and lead a keiki After School Enrichment watercolor program has been meeting the challenges to support their community over the past century. Hawai’i is a place where many immigrants have landed on these shores, some by choice, some feeling like this was their only choice for aRead More

Summer in Scandanavia

Arrived to a week of cold grey weather and then, as soon as May began, it seems spring was over. Everything seemed to bloom at once..the vitsipporna carpeting the forests, the birch trees, the azalea and the rhododendrons. And with it came the heat—the longest hottest on record in over 100 years. But after such a long journey and multiple deliveries it was nice to return and set up the new flat and studio. For those of you in Oahu,Read More

First Friday at Arts at Mark’s Garage

Hawaii Watercolor Society’s Member’s Show opens on First Friday in Honolulu’s Chinatown District. 2018 HWS selection My first apartment after finishing art college in the Bay Area was down here and the vibe is still the same–fragrant lei, food steam escaping as doors open or close to diners, colors, textures, sounds and smells all waft up on the tropical evening air for a festive feeling. The annual members show was juried this year by Tom Hoffman, who is also conductingRead More

Island Treasures now carrying my work in Kailua

March 28, 2018 Hawaii, Living Aloha, New Work, News

My watercolor landscape work can be found at Brilhante Framing and Gallery in Kailua, but now you can also find some of my other work at Island Treasures. They are carrying my handbuilt porcelain urchins–my decorator urchins that also have a unique voice and adornment. They are found throughout the Pacific, but they have a special place in my heart from my years of diving and a connection to Kane’ohe. In 2011, they were planted in the bay to helpRead More

AHA Annual Aloha Show on view at Honolulu Hale

March 21, 2018 Exhibits, Hawaii, New Work

The annual juried members show for the Association of Hawaii Artists went up this month and is on view at the Mayor’s City Hall. There is a wide variety of art styles and techniques and the awardees also reflect that. The juror was Tony Martins, an art professor at the Windward Community College in Kane’ohe Hawai’i. I really enjoyed coming to the opening reception to just wander and look at the other work, eat pupus and mingle with other artists.Read More

AHA sponsors “How To Prep for Art Competitions” seminar

Many art events and organizations review work online nowadays so it is becoming a neccessary part of an artist’s toolbox to know how to prepare files to submit of your work. This seminar will cover best practices in preparing to submit your artwork for a show. Association of Hawaii Artists (AHA) is the oldest art organisation in Hawaii and offers exhibition opportunities for its members in juried shows twice a year. This seminar is to help the volunteers who putRead More