Tahitian Dancer

Tahitian Dancer — 12 x 16 oil on canvas covered panel $600.00

I finally painted something in Maui that I’m happy with! Yay! I’ve been painting plenty, but nothing good enough to share until yesterday…I was going to show you an in progress progression, and managed to remember to photograph the first step, but I guess I got so excited about the painting going so well, that I forgot to take any more pictures!
Anyways, we saw a Hula show last week, where they do a lot of traditional Polynesian dances. I managed to take quite a few good shots for reference. This girl was dressed in a Tahitian costume, which was very unique. I loved how her dark hair contrasted with the light background, and the strong light on her face made for a dramatic portrait. I tried to work loose and keep it fresh…I’m pretty happy with it.
The photograph of the painting is a bit contrasty, but it’s pretty faithful to the colors.
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Moleskine in Paradise, Part 1

Moley in Paradise
Here it is! Proof! That I’ve been doing something other than lying on the beach all day. I’m lying on the beach AND drawing.
There’s also a painting in the works, but it’s not quite ready to show to you yet.
My daughter and I found these very interesting pods about a week and a half ago. They’re round, and split, with a spirally looking thing in the center and they smell delicious. They’re brown and hard, and very intriguing. So ever since then, I’ve been trying to hunt down what they are, and yesterday, I figured it out!
I was having a lovely Thai Iced Coffee at my favorite Wailuku Coffee shop, on my odd day “sans ma famille”, and a delicious fragrance was wafting through the shop. I noticed the flowers on the tables looked a lot like the ones that grew on the trees that dropped the pods, and discovered that they’re called a “Tahitian Gardenia” or “Tiare Flower”. I like the second name best, because it sounds kind of like my name:) So I proceeded to sketch the flower, and finish my moley spread. I think it would look better with color, but I don’t have anything to color it with yet…

New frames and paintings

Sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while. I’ve been working on a “top secret” commission, lol! So painting lots, posting little.
These are two paintings I finished quite a while ago, but I was never quite happy with them. They are both on 12″ x 16″ panel and have been leaning backwards against my studio wall for quite some time. The African girl is fairly recent, but the Hula Girl is one I completed in Maui the winter before last. I couldn’t ever put my finger on what was missing, but now I’ve figured it out! It was a frame! Opus had these great plein aire frames on sale so I bought a few, and they’re just wonderful. Simple, but classy.
I couldn’t get the greatest pics of either of them, ¬†there’s glare in some of the thicker areas, even though I shot them on an overcast day. The darks in the Hula girl are darker than they look, and the reflected light on the side of the African girl’s face isn’t that contrasty. I’m not sure how to correct this problem, as it happens a lot when I use thicker paint. I’ve heard about something called a polarizing gel, but can’t seem to find where in Canada I can buy one.¬†