20140915

 Hibiscus blossom. Flowers everywhere here.

20140912

Mokule'ia Beach Park, Oahu's north shore. 

Sea turtle studies. There were several of these beautiful endangered beings at the shore, but they don't stay long and it's forbidden to get close to them.

Clear, warm water and coral reefs, hardly anyone else around. A wonderful swim in the company of many fishes. 

20140908


Pu'u O Hulu (distant) and Ma'ili'ili seen from Kane'ilio Point, Waianae.  Looking southward on Oahu's western shore.

Papaya. The fruit here is unsurpassable.

20140906

Kaneilio Point, Poka'i Bay, Waianae.

Java Sparrows, aka Java Finches. Classed as vulnerable on the endangered species list, because Asian countries are trying to eradicate them as rice-eating pests. Here in Hawaii, they are loved. Although still scarce, they're doing better.

20140831


 Diamond Head at mid-day seen from Ala Wai canal, buildings and cars edited out.


I think this is an immature coconut. About three inches in length, much smaller than a regulation coconut; fell from a palm tree that was full of them.

20140827


 La'ie Point, a lava projection, state beach park.


Ahupua'a O Kahana State Park, seen from Ka'a'awa. These volcanic mountains (called pali) are everywhere on Oahu, a reminder that the entire island is made of lava.

20140826


Mākaha State Beach Park.


Sweetest pineapple ever.


Diamond Head, Waikiki.

20140823

Hawaii

 Ala Wai Canal and Diamond Head Crater.

 Koolau Mtn range. Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve is up in those mountains, almost always engulfed in rain clouds and fog.

Ocean, Waikiki.

20140817

Vegas

 The road to Vegas. That billboard advertises a pawn shop.




Monsoons and great desert color.

20140802



Off Cabrillo Memorial Dr. About 4x5"

20140725




Plein air sketches by bike! About 4x6", San Diego River and Mission Bay. Very grey day.

20140720


Chewy, 9 x 9"


Just spent a week housesitting and caring for this very sweet, aging Pomeranian that we've known for eleven years. I am not a dog person, but she's pretty special.

20140719




Near Escondido. 4-5" x6"

20140716

The Point from Shelter Island, 4 x 5"

Scripps Ranch, 4 x 9"

20140712

Found Rose, 9" x 5"

20140711

Near Campo. 4" x 6"

Santa Ysabel open space. 5" x 7" Five-minute sketch.

All of these are small, quickly-done plein air sketches as I get acquainted with the medium. Single biggest factor in the outcome is the paper, which makes a profound difference.

20140710

3.5" x 9"

The view from A-1 Storage, bay and waterfront. 5" x 9"

East county field, off 94. 5" x 9"

20140708

Near Barrett Junction. 3.5" x 9.5"

Along 94 near Barrett Junction. 4" x 9"

Along 94, 7" x 5". Three-minute sketch.

Watercolor really is a completely different language. With lots of dialects.

20140706

And now for something completely different


Honey Springs Rd at 94. 3.5" x 9"

Along 94, 3" x 5"

Exploration in watercolor.

20140629

Re-bedding the Lower Shroud Deck Plates

A year ago, I wouldn't have even known what that means. Now I actually know how it's done. Much more enjoyable to draw my husband while he's working on it, though. :)








Walnut ink, about 6x6" each. He was working, not posing, so these were done in 1 - 3 minutes each. Out of eighteen, these are some I like.