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2019 Reading Tips on books that will really change you

Warning: These are books you need to do by yourself in your own timing. Landmarks walks you through the Ignatian Journey of 4 weeks. If you are looking to deepen your spiritual practice. I was initially turned off by the crude drawings, being an artist, but I chose to see them as cocktail napkin drawings in a conversation with the author and it helped me get through the really deep things she had to share. For the person who wantsRead More

Artists love other artists

I believe artists love other artists, and we always hope, always rejoice, when other artists move forward. I believe my special gift to share has to do with helping others understand that even when we feel alone, we are never truly alone and exercising our creativity in making art, enjoying beautiful art made by others, making things, enjoying handmade things by a skillful craftsman keeps us connected. Then we can embrace solitude and not run from it, relax and enjoyRead More

Hanging on various walls

When hanging artwork on walls, it is best to check what type of wall material you are dealing with, and to research the most secure way to hang the artwork. Consulting with your framer will also help make the right choices for the hardware on your pieces and the best way to hang the pieces securely. If it is a space you intend to change out the artwork, the best solution is some type of rail system, and this includesRead 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

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

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

Bezalel’s Calling ready to receive visitors

Bezalel’s Calling is hung and ready for viewing at the Gallery on the Pali with the reception on Saturday March 3, from 6-8pm. It is my first solo show in Hawai’i and I was nervous about selecting the pieces and executing the concept itself. Luckily I had great support from framing and hanging and installation. Even if I have planned and done shows in the past, including solo shows, there is always so much planning and details to keep inRead More