Monday, December 19, 2011

Seen better days

I found this old Ford sitting by the side of the road out in the country with a For Sale sign in the front window. It definitely looked like it had been around the block a few times. Hood wouldn't shut, frame looked cockeyed, and of course the paint gave it an aged patina. It had character.
Fifty-something Ford, oil, 8.5" x 11.5"

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

More Aloha

I have Hawaii on the mind right now. Winter is setting in and I'm daydreaming of my up-coming trip to Maui in February. And also trying to get some more pieces finished for Village Galleries. Hence my recent posts and this one. I just revisited Kauai with a studio version of a plein air piece I did a couple of years ago when I was there for Randy Sexton's workshop.

Hanalei, on Kauai's north shore, is the quintessential little Hawaiian town that time forgot (but who could forget "the land called Hanalei"?). Right in the middle is this popular, walk-up burger stand. Not on my itinerary for the near future, but I can't wait to go back.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Mauka (toward the mountains) view

In Hawaii, directions to a destination often include one of two words: mauka—toward the mountains, and makai—toward the sea. Such is life on an island. It's wonderful to be in a place where you can be viewing a an amazing, panoramic seascape and then turn around to see equally beautiful mountains. This painting is a view from Lahaina on Maui. It doesn't do it justice. You'll have to go see it for yourself.
West Maui Mauka, oil, 8" x 16"

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hungry fish

It seems like most of the resorts in Hawaii have koi ponds. An Asian influence I suppose, but they fit the tropical setting. It's relaxing to sit and watch them swim back and forth, and of course when they see you, they come expecting to be fed. The Red Koi Collection Gallery on Kauai has a great widget on their website. Hover your cursor over the koi and they follow it, click to feed them.

I've taken many pictures of koi through the years and finally got around to painting some.

Koi pond, oil, 16" x 12"

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Glenview Art League Member show

Opening reception, Friday evening, December 2, at the Midwest Care Center for the Glenview Art League Member's Exhibit. I have two pieces in the show and one was featured in the Glenview Lantern newspaper.