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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

New show at East Hawaii Cultural Center in Hilo

I am pleased to have my latest watercolor painting chosen for the EHCC exhibition, by the distinguished juror, Momi Cazimero.  She served as curator and juror for the State Foundation of Culture and the Arts, Honolulu Academy of Arts and other institutions in Hawaii.  She received the “Living Treasure Award” in 2005.  I enjoyed her informative juror’s talk about the selection process, looking at the meaning of the piece, good design, originality, technical excellence, presentation, relevance to our culture and time in history, etc.  Since her standards are very high, I felt it was a great honor to have my ‘Io selected for the show.  The HSFCA (Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and Arts also makes selections from the Fall Arts Festival so I felt good about having my piece exhibited there.

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Everyone who knows me well, knows about my love and respect for the native Hawaiian Hawk, the “Io.  I have written about the hawk, and have seen many wondrous and memorable sitings of the 'Io near my house, around Kona and Holualoa.  It was a joy to work on this painting, it felt very inspired.  The eyes are more human, than animal, and hence the title evolved.  We also have many lehua blossoms from the 'ohi'a trees around my home.  It is said if you pick a lehua blossom it will start raining, and sure enough while observing one, it would start raining.  I believe this is one of my best watercolor paintings yet, the colors are pleasing and more muted.  Many more grays were used to enhance the warm red colors of the native blossoms.  I am also ready to begin a watercolor painting of the Pueo, the native Hawaiian Owl, which I have also seen in Holualoa.  They are drawn as a diptych at the artist Kathy Long’s suggestion.


Aloha,
Diane

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