This watercolor was created as a study for the Red Torch Ginger that appears in the Tropical Spirit Mural I am working on.
Would you like to come paint Hawaiian flora and fauna with me? I am going to be teaching on the Big Island. Join the email list for more information as it arrives and come paint with me.
I am currently painting a mural in Kopoho Hawaii. It is the entire second story of a home that is to become a vacation rental and its a lot of fun and work at the same time.
I am using a four inch roller on the whole thing because I like to use the roller to blend and it gives me time to contemplate the space. The whole room is like a giant canvas for me.
It features a blue sky that wraps the left hand side of the open floor plan and transitions to a golden sky in the kitchen, then to warm reds and purples, a full range of bright chakra colors.
From the stairwell rises a Monkeypod tree whose canopy fills the sleeping space. It will make you feel like you sleep in the trees.
Pineapple bushes flank the center bedroom, and haleconia, anthurium, taro, bamboo, and hibiscus flowers fill the corners.
It is about half finished.
Our friend walks across the lawn into the open air kitchen carrying a stack of books. He had a friend who was an artist. Herb Kawainui Kane.
A Hawaiian artist who painted Hawaii, and what an amazing legacy. His paintings are of old Hawai’i, the romantic paradise, and history like you read about in National Geographic. Historically accurate and visually poetic.
So I peruse these books for a few days and then we are dropped off at Kamehameh Hotel in Kona and there in the lobby is a beautiful display of his original paintings with captions from the books.
These paintings are amazing.
He’s an economical painter, each brushstroke effective, with smooth gradients when needed and the warm red underpainting exposed, too.
Along one clean blue edge a little ridge of paint, the only tiny excess a proof that we are indeed looking at paintings and not prints.
A sunset has a warm red underpainting with pale light blue scudding across and it creates the glowing red light of sunset before the blue sky dissolves. Gorgeous.
Everyone in the painting has brown skin, the dancers and the warriors and the people feel human and wonderful. These are classical paintings. They are very timeless. His lighting is like what if Caravaggio was an impressionist.
This is a gallery wrapped canvas which means it doesn’t need a frame, it is ready to hang right up. Black and white acrylic paint create the strength of this painting, and a small touch of silver create the stars, which are small and don’t appear in the photos. This was a commission painting that is now hanging in its new home.
Before it was even finished someone else wanted to purchase it! I told her I could paint a similar painting, and we could put her face and favorite landscape in the painting instead. Something like that would go for $1300, if we are looking at a similar size (36×48″).
All light comes from the sun.
it becomes the spectrum, ROYGBIV, a rainbow, visible light
and then more wavelengths, unseen, except by the mantis shrimp.
becomes plants, then animals,
all from white light.
My friend Ashley and I have been working hard on creating beautiful language learning materials for Diamond Montessori and are delighted to announce they are now available.
I’m very pleased with everything I’ve illustrated and Ashley’s writing is perfect for kids, and it’s all to Montessori specifications- beautiful, clear, and straightforward, to inspire little ones to grow and learn.
When we first moved up to Washington a few years ago, I did these paintings. I was talking about them and couldn’t find them on my website anywhere so I’m sharing them today. These ones sold right away when I shared them on https://m.facebook.com/artistkatana
I’m incredibly clumsy which is one of the reasons why I really like painting acrylic on canvas. It’s durable and it’s basically Katana proof. Once I even sliced open one of my canvases (how did that even happen?) and had to stitch it up and paint over it.
Don’t worry, a fix for a dent is a lot easier. It just happened to me so I took some photos to share the repair.
I just finished painting a landscape and put it down on a table; I didn’t even see the keys that were sitting on the table. The keys left a dent in the surface of the artwork which doesn’t look good.
Take a note of that curved line because in the next picture you can’t see the dent.