Wednesday, March 9, 2011
and asked him if he could tell me more. To my delight he did-
I was watching a large building go up near my studio in downtown Chicago and designed this painting to express the tremendous energy by which that city is constantly rebuilding itself. After living 37 years in Hawaii I am making a sentimental journey back to Chicago in May to see all the changes as I have been hearing about.I wish you enjoyment of the painting, and I have enjoyed seeing your lovely work. Aloha pumehana Herb
Herb Kawainui Kane was rightly given a honorary doctorate awarded by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. He was far more than just a Great Painter. I know that I am one of many artist who are very greatful and humbled by the masterfully painted treasures he left for us to be enriched and enlightened by.
You can find out more about HERB KANE here and here
Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
36 and still on Earth. I honestly never thought I'd live past 33 as that was the age my mother sailed to the other side. Alive I am. I could write a novel here about where I thought I'd be at this stage of my life in comparison to reality but I 'm sure it's all been written before.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
If you make one, or already have one posted, let me know.
I would love to see it ^..^
Friday, September 10, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Several months ago I started getting ill and brushed it off. As the symptoms got worse I self diagnosed myself as having acid reflux disease. On 8-9-10 I went to the emergency room and had my Gallbladder removed 8 hours later. I'm back from the hospital and was told if I'd had waited another 2 days I'd have slipped into a coma and my body would've shut down unable to breathe. I could not eat, sleep, stand or lie down for about 5 days before I reluctantly went to the hospital. I tried every OTC drug and suggestion I was given. It's kindive ironic-the starving artist was a reality for me and I was foolish for letting a thing like no health insurance keep me from seeking proper care.
The painting above was my second attempt in Liquitex Acrylics. I remember propping my jagged broken mirror up against the railing side of my bedframe and doing this self portrait.
I hope all of you are well and I hope to be painting with the pack soon.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The challenge for the Calypso Moon Artist Movement for July was concerning the subject of Freedom. I have been distracted and somewhat delayed in taking out the paint I know. In fact I was late for my own deadline. For this I grant all my fellow artist a get out of time- free card. It's good for a 24 hour grace late entry for any challenge. Just send me the secret code DECOY and I'll know what you mean. What I really want to write about was how impressed and moved I was by everyone who took part in the Freedom challenge. The stories were some of the best I've ever seen among Art bloggers or anywhere else for that matter. They really understood what I wanted and went on to express it visually. If you haven't visited their blogs I beseech you to do so.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
The KALAHUIPUA'A FISH PONDS are located on the Big Island of Hawaii. This is one of my favorite places to rejuvenite the spirit. Not very accessible... unless you live in Mauna Lani($) or staying in a resort, you'll have to park and walk through the petroglyph lava fields to find this tropical paradise.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
This painting was done for the Calypso Moon Artist Movement Collectors Challenge. I asked for people to take two items that they collect and form an interesting painting. I have an affection for button jointed folk art dolls. One has to be careful though as that sort of thing can take over one's life very quickly. The other is my desire for quilts- I have more than I could ever possibly have need of in my lifetime. Both of these items are on the bed right now. I also suggested that a slideshow of your painting in progress would be great for extra credit. I followed my advice. This is the first time I've made one - hope that it works.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Subject Matter- The fine artist often paints what he knows and loves. An illustrator paints any and everything well. A great artist is a combination of the two.
Composition – The very root and foundation of every painting. If this structure is weak everything you apply on top will be for naught.
Color- Your colors will directly impact a person psychologically. Be considerate and knowledgeable of what they do.
Contrast- Day and Night, light and dark. One cannot exist without the other. Put contrast where and when needed. Know when to sharpen and where to soften.
Tones- can be soothing, shocking, vibrant, magical, quiet, loud, low, dull…, experiment with your tones.
Brushwork- The artist playground. Your brushwork can create energy, movement and life.
Clarity - Can the viewer understand your story?
Melt- Allow your lines and colors to melt and flow into one another
Mood- what sort of mood does your image create. Images are powerful. Sway me.
Movement- A combination of brushwork, composition, color, contrast and shape. A Direction.
Melody-A masterpiece will always sing, can you hear music?
Rhythm- a series of paintings connected by a theme - The really big picture.
Story- The very core of your painting. Is there a heart or a stone?
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I have mixed emotions as I view this painting. For now I'll just say that I think buildings are similar to people in that they house both good and evil. I promise to elaborate more very soon.
Have you ever had a painting keep you awake even after it was finished? I was gathering my thoughts about what would be appropiate to write and have to say I didn't rest well. In fact I kept the lamp on so that I could sleep. Why is it lights make us feel more protected even when our eyes are closed? If you've been following my blog you might remember that I worked in Dutch Harbor at some point in security . This put me in the position to see the darker side of things. We were given different routes to follow daily and walking through bunkhouses/apartment complexes was done constantly. Anything out of the norm was recorded, reported and managed. While walking through one evening I came upon unusual graffiti hurriedly drawn. A very young artist used the entire hallway to express what words could not. Abstract markings, the word stop written twice and a representational drawing got my attention. I found out long ago that children have an acute ability to tell you how they feel using art. I took photos and made my incident report. The police were contacted and began an investigation. They wanted to find the young artist while the images were sent to a specialist. I can tell you that an arrest was made but I don't know if it was this child's monster.
Friday, February 26, 2010
I wonder about the woman in this painting. Is she still working the same job? Does she ever get tired of picking up abandoned umbrellas? Does she dream about escaping the station? Japan is such a tidy place. I soon discovered that umbrellas were shared property. If you found one while it was raining-it was yours. Apparently the Japanese like to stay very dry. But they like to live dangerously too by leaving behind their kasa(umbrella). Just remember that when traveling in Japan... mi kasa es su kasa.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
This rebel had that classic 50s American look. Just had to paint him.
I try hard not to get in the way of a person when they view a painting for the first time, so that they may formulate what they perceive. My father's impression of this painting was one of a depressed man in a bar, alone-coping. He might just be... considering Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world among men. Most of the men I saw in Japan were dressed very crisply in their business attire or in a uniform of some kind. The fella inside this diner looked to me like he wanted to show everyone how courageous he was for dressing out of the norm. It takes guts to be a rebel and it seems being a man in Japan is no easy street either. I also see a connection with my love for Edward Hopper's Nighthawks.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
This small fishing village is filled with history and countless Sea Stories. Painting this beautiful weathered shack sent me drifting back to my first attempts at portraying wood and my love of Fisherman.
DAD FISHING AT NIGHT 1992
The fishing/crab season begins for me soon, so I'll be spending 12 hours a night visiting the same time clock , seven days a week for the next few months until the circus leaves town. My post will become much less frequent but I will be thinking of you all.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I spend a good deal of time pondering the meaning beneath the painted surface. I have been absent from blogging and painting and hope to get back into the current soon. I don’t believe I would have participated in this week’s DSFDF challenge hosted by the generous Karin Jurick, had I not been inspired and uplifted by a poetic comment from Dabblerteer on my last post. To reciprocate my appreciation I thought I’d include the lyrics to a song by
I'm afraid it's been too long to try to find the reasons why