BACKGROUND: Sunset Dreams was painted from a photograph my daughter Keaolani took when we lived in San Diego, CA. I loved the colors she captured in the sky and how the leaves reflected the light in magical ways.

Prints of Sunset Dreams 1, along with others in this collection can be found in the Nature Inspired Gallery

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Inspiration behind a Starry Night Painting

Today, I wanted to share with you about my inspiration behind this acrylic painting I did called Starry Night.

It all started a few years ago when I was playing around & blending water colors. I was loving the effect I was getting and it looked like rain. At the time, I had just started playing around with ink & watercolor. I loved the contrast and the definition I could get from using ink, so I outlined a wave and filled it in with watercolor.

But there was something missing…

That is when I decided to fill in the wave with lots of lines to define the movement. I started a new drawing, as I normally draw first, then add paint. I was falling in love with the whimsical nature of the drawing.

The results and the original Starry Night watercolor painting:

I continued to explore watercolors, painting fun waves, sunsets and playing with color.

In the beginning of 2018 I took an adult painting class with a local well know artist and art educator. I had wanted to explore acrylic painting more. Honestly, I had always hated painting with acrylics, but being wiser and older I know that when you don’t really like something, that you find it frustrating, it’s more related to operator error then anything. I was correct. I found out in class that when using acrylics it’s important to use drying extenders, that adding gloss into your paint makes colors pop and there are so many tools to paint with other then just a brush.

Fast forward a few months, we had already embarked on our RV adventures and I was visiting my parents in PA in the fall of 2018. We ended up staying there much longer due to some RV repair issues that came up so I set up a mini art studio in my parents sun porch. I loved all the windows, the light durning the day was amazing!

I had been painting a lot of florals using my pallet knifes, but the cold winter had me missing the ocean, sand and sun. So I switched gears and started painting ocean inspired works using my pallet knifes and rubber spatula.

While in PA, the thought I should try to paint A Starry Night in acrylics. There were a few obstacles I needed to address. I had to try new things, figure out how to separate the sky from the water since using a pallet knife or rubber spatula makes the paint thick with lots of layers. I ended up taping off the area I was painting. This allowed me to have great texture in the sky and wave but also allowed the wave to be in front of the sky, so you truly got a 3D effect on a flat surface. The lines are painted on last using an oil based paint pen.

Prints of a Starry Night can be found here in my Ocean Inspired Art Gallery.

Which one is your favorite, the Water Color or Acrylic?



Waikiki Surfing

Today Kai was up st 6:30 waxing his Wave Bandit board . Think he is a bit obsessed? 🤣🤣

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Keanu board arrive at 7:15 am! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

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After I did some work we hit the beach at Waikiki

Image may contain: 2 people, shoes and outdoorThey practice standing up on their boards in the shallow water

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After a quick lunch courtesy of ABC store

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They proceeded to BEG me for them to paddle out to the break.


I’m not ready for this

I message my husband

He pretty much tells me to cut the cord

I let them go

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Then stand on the shore for 90 mins working on my tan … aka being a nervous wreak

I’m texting Mark the play by play

They actually make it out, which I didn’t think would happen

They both catch some waves!

They finally come back in

They are STOKED!!

“MOM That was so fun! It was a hell of a ride!” They said 😳🤣🤣

Latter they told me they were the life of the line up, all the locals loved them because they were brothers surfing and looking out for each other. I have to say the only reason I let them go was because I knew the locals wold look out for them because that’s how ALOHA works.

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Of all the photos I took this one keeps me cracking up!

Keanu side eye is hilarious!

I asked him latter why he looked like that

He said “ Those dang people cut the line to take photos!”

I saw them but they were off to the side and not in my way…

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We walked down the beach and I rented them a Lilly pad by the Hake Koa and of course I had to hit up the Bare Foot Bar for a Mai Tai, I mean I had to feed them dinner! 🤣

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Seriously most days the boys drive me nuts, especially when we are not active but hearing them rattle on after dinner about surfing is literally the best thing ever!
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Kai finally got his Wave Bandit Surfboard. He was very anxious to get out on some waves!Image may contain: 1 person, sitting

Image may contain: 2 people, people smilingAfter a busy day of me working on my new art website, dealing with passport and visa issues and running some errands, we were finally ready to head out to Bellows!

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Image may contain: ocean, water, sky, outdoor and natureIt was overcast and rainy that side, so much different then the hot and humid day we had in town! The waves were a bit big and rough but that was not stopping Kai! He had so much fun!

Keanu ordered a board too but his didn’t show up with Kai’s🤷‍♀️ Thankfully he’s ok with the boogie-board!Image may contain: one or more people, ocean, sky, water, outdoor and nature

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Both the boys love to play in the waves!