Molten Magic

Our island is getting bigger and this is why!ssealmoltenmagic10-5x14

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Hawaiian Crow painting

Here is a painting I did some time ago, but because these birds are soon to be released into the wild I thought I would give you a glimpse of one that is in the captive breeding program at Keahou, Hawaii.

dlnr.hawaii.gov/alalaproject/

 has more information about this project for the long term survival of this intelligent species, in fact they are adept at using tools.Alala SunnySeal
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Cliffs

CliffsDSCF8895This is a pastel painting about the white-tailed tropic bird. It lives pan-pacific and in Hawaii often nests in inaccessible cliffs walls in volcanic craters.

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Oceanscape

Lovely denizens of the sea in Hawaii painted with pastels.

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The second painting I did of this waterfall won Best in Show!

Now at Honolulu main State Library where the Pastel Artist of Hawaii has their show.

Below Lake Taupo

Below Lake Taupo

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The finished painting – Huka Falls

pastel painting of powerful waterfall

pastel painting of powerful waterfall

Please add your comments about what you see in this.

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working on the painting

DSStep2_edited-1-1Here I have continued to add in the darkest color of the waterfall and more of the mid-tones while trying to keep the fluidity of the water and the interesting swirls of lighter colors. Sometimes I barely touch the surface with the side of a pastel to get “broken color.”

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The start of a new pastel painting

SoDSCF8122_edited-1 this is on Pastelmat paper. I used alcohol to fasten on the  two dark corners and give it an area where no white showed thru then keeping in mind where I want my whitest whites, I bega to put in my darkest water colors with pastels. The topic is Huka Falls, New Zealand.

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How the painting was finished

When painting whiskers I try to start at the thickest part and with one confident stroke continue to the end. It usually is not effective to try to go back from part way down the whisker, so that is the technique.DSCF7608 copy

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Continuing the cat painting

So we had a hurricane and Internet connectivity issues, now I am able to show the next step where I work on the fur to get it to look furry with the sheen on it.

Tuxedo Cat unfinished on velour

Tuxedo Cat unfinished on velour

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