Friday, October 04, 2013

Emerging Artists "Ones to Watch" 2013, Artists Network

The Press Release is out... I am now able to share this great news with you!  

Two of my paintings are going to be featured in the Watercolor Artists Magazine, December 2013 issue. Look in the Emerging Artists Ones to Watch 2013 section. I will post my paintings here soon so please stay tuned...

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Thursday, October 03, 2013

Koi Generation I, II, and III

Back in March 2013, I sold Koi Generation I. My client then commissioned two more paintings that I named Koi Generation II and III. Here they are... 
Koi Generation I  Watercolor & Fluid Acrylic 11x15 140# Arches paper.
Koi Generation II  Watercolor & Fluid Acrylic 11x15 140# Arches paper.
Koi Generation III Watercolor & Fluid Acrylic 11x15 140# Arches paper.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Whirligig - Osteospermum

Here is one of my newer flower painting done in watercolors. I have discovered Quinacradone Magenta and Permanent Rose to make brighter and cleaner reds...
 I found this beauty on one of my walks and couldn't wait to include it on the series I am doing on gardens in my neighborhood. I didn't know what species it was so I turned to the Internet for research. Their scientific name is Osteospermum, Whirligig for short.

Watercolor 14x20 inches on 140# Arches watercolor.
It showed at Blackhawk Gallery, Danville, CA from November 2012 to January 2013.

Original available...
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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

First Awards!

Entered 4 paintings for my Third Show with Livermore Arts Association and two of them won an award! These are my first Awards ever, I'm so excited, It's Surreal... Held at "The Barn" in Livermore, CA,  there were 90 Artists participating and over 160 entries. I'm new to the group and was told that it was not easy to win contests because Tri-Valley is so rich with very talented and great Artists. This is a tremendous honor and blessing...

"Trunk Family" won Second place, Watercolor category, LAA Spring Show 2012.
"Grace" won Honorable Mention, Watercolor Category, LAA Spring Show 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Saying Goodbye to Koi Generation

In March 2012, I entered this painting on my first Juried Art Show at John Muir Aspen Surgical Center in Walnut Creek, CA with the CWA. It received a score of 5 out of 5 and was a finalist. It sold within the first week and my client commissioned me for two more. What a great blessing... my first sale after joining art groups. I dedicate this painting to Nicholas Simmons: mentor, rock star, friend :)

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Abandoned Flower

I found this abandoned painting from 2009 in my storage shed and thought I could save it. The beauty of 300 lb. Arches Watercolor cold press is it allows you to fix most unwanted marks and achieve deep rich colors... yummmy! So I decided this will be my first step-by-step demo here. I wish I had taken photos from the drawing stages, but this will do for now...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Women of Kauai Series 1

The Women of Kauai fascinates me so I wanted to do a series of paintings depicting them using resources from my visit there in 2010. I'm developing these paintings from the sketches and photos that I took. Each time I work on these, I'm reminded of the rich experience I had immersing myself in the culture and lush environment. Their beauty goes deep in a way that celebrates unpretentious love of life, unaffected by what media dictates on how they should look, act, or feel. Everywhere I turn, there's this infectious happiness imbedded in these women's faces of wisdom, content, and richness... 

Watercolor 18x23.5
I named this piece Grace because of the way she moved while she told a story of a beautiful Princess of the Island of Kauai. With her graceful hands and the intensity of expression on her face, I wanted to capture the reverence she felt while she paid tribute to her beloved Princess.This painting is currently in the members' show for Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society at Los Altos Library, CA.

Watercolor 16x20
Another way of storytelling done by Hawaiians is the Chant where, instead of doing it with their hands like in Hula, they utter words in honor of their royalties and culture.