Living Aloha

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

Artist’s worst nightmare?

What do you think? How do you understand the waivers you sign when entering a competition or exhibition? How do you ensure your work of art will survive transport and hanging in a show? I was recently happily juried into the Hawaii Watercolor Society Open Juried Show with respected  juror Don Andrews. The Heart of the Matter and Anchor was selected to be in the show of 58 works with 30 plus artists.  Anchor debuted at my solo show atRead More

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