Sunday, October 23, 2016
Marm, oil on canvas, 5"x7" (NOT FOR SALE)
I love him. He came to join our home a few years ago when his 94 year old owner passed away. His name is Marmalade and he's about 13 years old. I like to think that Ray, his previous owner, is keeping an eye out for Marm and knows that he is loved tremendously, hugged every day, and is the king of the household. He is offered every preferred spot in the house, including my pillow (or head (!)). This is the first painting I've ever done of Marm because I was concerned I'd wouldn't be able to capture his likeness to do him justice but in this case, I'm glad I painted him because this is exactly what he looks like when he sleeps next to me. I love this little guy to bits!
Friday, October 21, 2016
Ohelo (Vaccinium reticulatum), oil on canvas, 5"x7" (SOLD)
Ohelo is my favorite plant and as a botanist, it's usually hard to choose. Ohelo is a low-growing shrub much like blueberries on the mainland. They're more tart but no less delicious. They are only found in Hawaii and if you've visited Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you might have seen them growing along the road to Jaggar Museum and the Halemaumau Overlook.
I do love painting them, because they reflect light in such a way that makes them look so luscious. When the light hits them just right from behind, they even glow. The fruits of ohelo can range in color from deep purple-red to red to orange and even yellowish so that'll give me options in painting them.
Posted by Joan Y at 1:09 PM
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Alala, oil on canvas, 5"x7" (SOLD)
UPDATE: Thanks for those of you that purchased the Alala notecards at the Alala Project VIP and public celebrations at Mokupapapa Discovery Center in Hilo and my art sale in November! We raised at least $400 for the Alala Project! Mahalo Nui Loa!
Posted by Joan Y at 8:35 PM
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Sleeping Wilson, oil on canvas, 5"x5" ($80 USD)
Pug, oil on canvas, 6"x6" (Not for sale)
Pugs, French Bulldogs, and Boston Terriers are just fun dogs to paint. I love their distinct look and their funny-when-trying-not-to-be-funny faces.
I got the reference photos from Draw my Photos, which are royalty and copyright-free images. Thanks Christine C!
Posted by Joan Y at 7:29 AM
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Hamakua mushrooms, oil, 5"x7" ($80 USD)
Watermelon slice, oil, 5"x5" (SOLD)
Honeydew slice, oil, 5"x5" (SOLD)
Cantaloupe slice, oil, 5"x7" (SOLD)
Melon seeds are HARD to paint! So, I took the melon scoop by the handle (or bull by the horns, whichever) and had at it. It did force me to take the painterly approach, which I sort of liked. I couldn't get too hung up on accuracy and it did flex my creative muscle so in a way, it was a good exercise ... tho' I won't be doing THAT again anytime soon. I painted the cantaloupe first and then the mushrooms last. Notice the pattern? Loose, less loose, kinda tight, and back to really tight again. My mantra this week ... flex that muscle ... flex that muscle ... flex that muscle ... Lord help me.
Posted by Joan Y at 10:21 PM
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Barn owl, oil, 5"x7" (SOLD)
Peaches, oil, 7"x5" ($100 USD)
Posted by Joan Y at 9:34 PM