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“Waikoloa Conversation” in the HWS Member’s Exhibition

Aloha friends,

My painting “Waikoloa Conversation”, a painting of African gray cranes has been selected for the 2015 Hawaii Watercolor Society Members’ Exhibition. If you can make it to the show, please enjoy!

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“Waikoloa Conversation”, watercolor

HWS Members’ Show 2015 April 5 - April 25, 2015 Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden 45-680 Luluku Road, Kaneohe, HI 9 am - 4 pm

I took the juror Jean Pederson’s HWS art workshop prior to the show, because I am very interested in portrait work and figures. She has written the book “Expressive Portraits”, I read before attending and each day she gave more and more insights on watercolor portraits and also mixed media. What a wonderful person, and she gives extensive information and demonstrations on wet glazing, elements and principles of design and much more.

The first demo was at the beautiful Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden. I toured the North Shore and Turtle Bay with some friends I stayed with in Kaaawa, Lorrie Tunnell and her husband John Thompson. The first workshop day was at the lovely Kaneohe Yacht Club and then the Unitarian Church on the Pali for the next four days.

So now that I’m back home I’m working on a series of portraits, including Hawaiian dancers, loving the new glazing techniques and getting work ready for the next HWS show June 12th deadline and for the galleries.

Three new works

I’d like to share my three newest paintings with you. All three were just submitted to the 2015 Hawaii Watercolor Society Member’s Show, with juror Jean Pederson. I’m honored to have had work selected for this member-only, juried show for the last four years. 

The show will be April 5-25 at Ho'omaluhia Main Gallery 9 to 4pm. It is located at 45-680 Luluku Road in Kaneohe on Oahu. This is a 400-acre park, with beautiful gardens and botanicals.

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Waikoloa Conversation 17 x 29

The African Crowned Cranes are at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, a resort on the Kohala coast of the Big Island. I knew when I photographed them they would make a colorful painting!


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Hi Mommy 18 x 24

This is my beloved dog Moksha, in a playful moment turning to look at me. He is part Maltese and part Havanese and looks quite cute here!


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Sun Kissed Dreamer 19 x 23

This normally high energy child is in one of his more tranquil and peaceful moments sleeping.

Aloha,

Diane

Guardian

In the spring Hawaii Watercolor Society Members’ Show 2014, the juror, Jan Ledbetter selected my painting “Guardian” for the show. It is a short-eared, endemic owl found in Hawaii. The pueo is known as an ‘aumakua (ancestor spirit) in Hawaiian culture. I know people who consider the sacred pueo to be their 'aumakua, and it protects them. The pueo live in forests and grasslands. A family who are friends of mine, was fortunate enough to have a pueo fly with them for about a quarter of a mile while they were driving in their car!

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Guardian

This painting of the Hawaiian owl, sold in Honolulu at the HWS show. It depicts the Hualalai Volcano in the background and the vibrant red lehua blossoms of the 'ohi'a tree which are also found in our area.

In the spring of this year I plan on painting another version of the pueo, to compliment the i'o painting I have done. It is already drawn and is ready to paint for a possible commission. I am also working on four paintings for this year’s HWS spring show!

Aloha,

Diane

More New Work To Share

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Tradition, 22" x 30" painting size, framed

This painting of the Pau Rider and horse in the King Kamehameha Day Parade on Ali’i Drive in Kona, Hawaii won the SMS Research & Marketing, the Sun Eden Gear and the Armadillo Art and Craft Award with the Hawaii Watercolor Society, fall 2013. 

I am happy for the acknowledgement and it is one of my favorite paintings now.  I’m so pleased with the faces of the boy and the horse and their eyes.  The background colors had oozed due to my mistake with the film frisket and masking fluid but I stayed calm, the painting was saved and turned out beautifully!  Oh, the joys of watercolor!

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Mother of Compassion, 30" x 22" painting size, framed

This lovely and graceful Quan Yin is giving the blessing and boon for inner peace that we all need.  I like how the light fills the background landscape, the azalea bush and the flowing water.  It was also in the HWS Open Show this fall.

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Na Kane O Kailua, 16" x 25" painting size, framed

This painting was in the Helen M. Cassidy Juried Art Show sponsored by the Waimea Arts Council.  I took a photo of a perfect scene in Kailua, on Oahu, when I went there to study with the artist Robert O’Brien.  Many people are amazed at how realistic the men’s bodies are near their canoes, including the juror, Amaury Saint-Gilles.

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Volcano Stroll, 30" x 18" painting size

This was accepted into the Hawai’i Nei juried art exhibition in Hilo at the Wailoa Center, to benefit and educate the public about the native flora and fauna in Hawaii.  It is a painting of nene.  They are walking in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and I used very contemporary stylized colors.  I actually saw these nene in Maui, but changed the background from a tire of a car in the photograph to the Kilauea Iki Caldera instead as more fitting!

Aloha,

Diane

New Work To Share

Here are my new original watercolor paintings for you to view over the next couple of days on my blog. I would love feedback about the paintings, as well as my blog and website.

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Magnificent Iris, 18" x 30" painting size, framed

Magnificent Iris received the SMS Research & Marketing, Sun Eden Award with the Hawaii Watercolor Society Members’ Show, spring 2013. I flew to Honolulu for the reception to receive my first award. There are these tiny irises that bloom periodically in my garden, so they are quite magnified in the painting in these striking, dramatic blues. This painting was in the watercolor advertising section of the Southwest Art magazine, July 2013.

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Shower of Grace. 19" x 13" painting size, framed

Also in the same show as the above piece and I was told the juror was considering an award for it. It’s been a very popular piece. You can see banana trees all around Holualoa and the island. In fact there are a number of them in my back yard! The painting, deckled and floated with a lovely koa veneer frame is in Harbor Gallery in Kawaihae.

‘Aumakua Jewel. 22" x 23" painting size, framed

You’ll find this jewel of a painting, a contemporary green sea turtle at the Harbor Gallery, with a solid koa frame. There are many definitions of the Hawaiian word but one is guardian spirit or family protector. The owners assure me it won’t last long in their gallery.

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Brilliance, 22" x 30" painting size, framed

This orange double hibiscus beauty was also in my garden, and I couldn’t resist using high intensity complimentary colors. It is at Harbor Gallery, with a very elegant gold frame, deckled and floated on a red hued mat.

Hawaiian Brunch, 11" x 15" painting size

A small but delicious framed still life with mangoes, pears and orchid, I hope you’ll enjoy. This painting is at Harbor Gallery.

Aloha,

Diane

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