Tuesday, February 27, 2007


The second phase of skin tones is making me wild.. OK.. yes I have said it.

I am working on going with what I know to be right. It is so funny, you can know the right colors and stuff but it feels too harsh or as if I am making too much of a change sometimes.

I believe in being honest.. to a fault. I feel that that is what this blog is about. Hold off though.. don't be writing me with suggestions OK? I am sharing this but I am not saying I won't get it on my own.

I read that if you accept one opinion you may be able to stand on your head and please all but more.. no, impossible.

I believe that some days flow easier than others but that the instinct is always there. Confidence shifts.. ya gotta believe in yourself, not get distracted by outside vibes that mess ya up. Shut up I say to those voices. It all reminds me of an Ellen skit.. all those voices.

OK.. so some of these are keeping me awake at night. I guess doing 10 at a time is not going to change anything. I guess I will just always be that way! Sheesh!

I am off to go paint again now. I have been for the last hour or so. I usually paint for maybe 5-6 hours at a time.

Aloha, Kathy

Monday, February 26, 2007

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I look like a woman obsessed huh? Yes, I guess I am.

I think I need chocolate... cookies or cake. Nothing like chocolate cake for breakfast huh? gotta go paint.

I worked on one of the paintings that actually did bother me enough to worry and fret over yesterday. I will post it tomorrow and write about what bothered me. I will post the 'before' image. I won't be taking photos again til I have finished all the second sessions of work on the facial tones. I havn't even posted the first session as yet. OK... onward!

Saturday, February 24, 2007


This is ... I 'think' going to be my favorite when done. It is so far a toss up between this one and one other. I tend to like more edgy paintings rather than things that include landscapes so that is partly why. This is a 30x40 canvas. I LOVE doing giant faces for impact. This is just the first session of face tones, I will probably have at least couple more. The orchids will be done once I am pretty sure of the face.

Laying down really dark colors on a face like this is VERY uncomfortable at first. I fight myself over it. I know it is the right thing to do so I just say to myself... 'do it or you are going to be sorry because it will just have to be repainted to achieve what could have been done in the first place.

I lay down the colors from dark to light. I look for colors. I search out greens especially. If you look long enough you will see them.

Each one of the paintings I will be posting now will be of their first facial tone session. I do not walk away from it or let it dry, I want to be able to blend the colors. I am VERY careful not to muddy the work. This is another good reason for painting so many works at the same time. I can acknowledge that something is finished easier. I do not think I will ever paint less than 10 at a time because of this. I also have less nightmares. Painting one at a time keeps me up at night. I can't think of anything else. With 10 going at once small errors are not such a big deal. I know I will get back to them and things will be fine.

I want to add something about studio space. I have been thinking about that. I have done full series in a 500 sq.-ft. duplex before. I painted my Victorian Series in that kitchen. You can imagine how small the kitchen was if the whole place was 500 sq. ft. I will do just about anything to stay by the beach!
I have had large spaces and small spaces... NO EXCUSES not to paint...EVER!

OK.. good night!


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Above is the painting I mentioned the other day that I have not shown yet. I am not a landscape painter, I just don't enjoy painting them but this is kind of different because of the location many of the photos were taken, Volcano Park.

Lots of different greens obviously. I don't premix paint at all. I choose to mix the colors every few brush strokes. I feel that pre-mixing a lump of color takes away from the spontaneity of the work. That's just me. Palette of color is shown throughout this blog.

The other pic is one of 3 paintings lined up by the framing chop saw. Sooo chic! These paintings have all had their first session with flesh tones.

I will post more tomorrow.. must make supper.

Aloha, Kathy

Friday, February 23, 2007

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Well... I still need to take some photos of my progress. I have made a lot! In the mean time here is some into about Wailoa Center. The Director of Wailoa Center is Cody King.

About Wailoa Center:

Wailoa Center
Museum/Gallery, Hilo
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This circular exhibition center, adjacent to Wailoa State Park, has shows by local artists that change monthly. There's also a photographic exhibit of the 1946 and 1960 tidal waves. Just in front of the center is a 12-foot-high bronze statue of King Kamehameha I, made in Italy in the late 1980s. Check out his gold Roman sandals.

Equal parts cultural center and art gallery, this place should be visited by anyone with an interest in the local art scene. Many artists show their work here in this eclectic venue. Everything from Chinese silk paintings to monkeywood carvings is featured in the changing exhibits. There's a permanent tsunami exhibit on display. The Spring Art Festival, one of Hawaii's biggest art fairs, is held here annually. The Center is located in Wailoa Park in downtown Hilo. It also functions as a visitor information center.

Be sure to check out the up and coming BONSAI EXHIBIT too in late June, early July!

An annual bonsai exhibition sponsored by the Big Island Bonsai Association in the main gallery of Wailoa Center. Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Wed from noon to 4:30 pm. For more information call (808) 933-0416.

OPEN: Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri. 8:30-4:30, Wed. noon-4:30, Sat. 9:30-3.

Address: Pi'opi'o St. off Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, HI, USA
Phone: 808/933-0416

Aloha, Kathy

Thursday, February 22, 2007

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I will be working on this painting today. I have another painting that I have not shown as yet. Hopefuly new photos will be taken today updating my progress on several of the paintings.

I have also decided to TRY to paint several small paintings of flowers for the show. We will see how it goes. I may be biting off more than I can chew esp. if I hope to do at least one sculpture.

Yesterday marked the end of my Physical Therapy scholarship. I thank them all so much!
I will continue to work on getting full use of my hand back on my own now. I made huge progress considering I could not even hold a pencil or a fork last April.

Monday, February 19, 2007

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Below are differnt elements in progress of the ten paintings I am working on. as I have written I am painting all 10 at once. I am just amazed at how much easier it feels to paint 10 at once rather than once at a time or 2-3 at a time like I normally do. I think now that I will always paint this way.

There is one more painting that I have not shown images of that I will try to photo today. It has the background almost all done so I need to get it photographed before I move on with it.

I am finding a new confidence that I did not have before my fall last April. Part of it is because I have a purpose in mind but most is because my 'comeback' is more than I had considered possible for myself. I CAN still paint and I CAN do it with more passion towards my goal than before. I find that I am often overwhelmed with the fact that a goal set is being met. It is much like physical therapy. I will to get the use of my hand back... I WILL!

Aloha, Kathy

Sunday, February 18, 2007


OK... that is all I am posting today. More tomorrow!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

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OK... moving along here. I will post progress on the backgrounds tomorrow.

Are we having fun yet? Yes.

Friday, February 16, 2007

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I have been working on this series for a couple of weeks now. I have, as I said, finished all the backgrounds and am ready to move on. I am posting the images in their rough state thus far.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

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As I drove to physical therapy today I thought about my paintings and how far I had come from last April. I thought about the people who have helped me on my way... wow. Where would I be without those people.

As I have said I fell down a flight of stairs last April and have been trying to get full use of my hand back ever since. I have what is called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. UG!

I am so thankful to Dr. Hiller and his staff who took me on, monitored me and encouraged me because I am an artist and Dr. Hiller has a soft spot in his heart for them. Such a kind and dear man.

Anne Carlson and the people at Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific. They have worked with me and helped me every step of the way when I was sure I couldn't do it. I am getting closer to my goal of recovery because of them.

Carrie Johnson... oh my gosh she is my savior on so many levels. She does my website and anything else I need for my art. More than that though she is a level head. When I write emails to her feeling like I am scattered and insecure she comes back with logical thinking and even describes pathways for me. She is my acting buddy, my soundboard and my partner in business. She is an amazing woman and I adore her.

Ahh my dear, dear friends Shan and Mailin, who came to visit me and remained friends even when I would not come out of my bedroom. I was so sure that I would not paint again. I love them for calling me and loving me anyway... wow. I love them for taking me to the Volcano Artist Studio Tour, I felt back into the art world somehow.
I needed to come out of my house. After 6 months I finally did. I cannot describe the dark hole only that I was in one.

Most of all though I thank my husband Dennis, my soul mate, my high school sweetheart and love of my life. He is in fact the most unselfish person I have ever met. He went through a lot with me, tears and fits of rage. He took care of me in body and soul. He has ALWAYS believed in me and the reasons I paint. He nags me when I need to be and strokes me when I am crazy... which perhaps it a lot! He has sacrificed so much for this life of an artist.

I thank Cody King at Wailoa Center for the show coming up... wow! A reason to paint with vigor.

Thank you Bob Hogge at Monkdogz Urban Art in New York. He called me at my sisters house in Nevada to see how I was after my fall. My show came up in New York just weeks after. He has also set up a show for me this April. Thank you Bob Hogge and Marina Hadley his business partner.

NO ONE stands alone right? We all at one time or another rely on the propping up of people who come across our pathway.

Blessings and Aloha for today. Kathy

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

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I apologize that so many photos are blurred. I move quickly so it is just the nature of things. I must say that vanity causes me to be secretly happy about the blur! ha ha.

I have finished the background of 9 of the paintings and need to take new photos to show my progress.

I am going to block in 2 more canvases today that I had not included in my frenzy.

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Art always calls for wonderful cookies, special coffee and tea. Here, because it is in fact Valentines day is my famous cookie recipe.




I send you cookies!

"Kathy's Chocolate Chip Cookies"

Cream together:
1 cup 'real' butter (not margarine!)
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbl. black strap molasses
1 tsp. salt
add and blend two eggs
don't overdo this part or your cookies will turn out weird.

sift together then fold into sugar mixture:
2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp. baking soda

add and mix to above mixture:
1 cup coconut
3/4 cup old fashioned oatmeal
2 full cups chocolate chips

Bake at 325 degrees for about 12 minutes. Use only an old junkie cookie sheet... not one of the new ones, they tend to make these cookies cake. Take the cookies out 'just a hair BEFORE they are done'. Let them finish up after they come out of the oven.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

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The portrait above is of "Jackie Hashimoto" It was a 18x24 oil on canvas. Giclees, posters, cards are available upon request. The original belongs to Jackie's daughters.

The reason I insert this painting here is to compare emotions.

Jackie Hasimoto had passed. I never met him. Before I started to paint him I asked his wife for more images and stories about him. I wanted to know who he was before I tried to understand how I would paint him.

At Jackie Hashimoto's funeral his family parked his truck as it had always been. It was filled with things to help people out if he drove by and saw someone in need. A throw net and fishing equipment was also inside. Jackie Hashimoto was a fisherman.

I painted the above piece in two sessions. I cried the whole time. I had felt a connection to him that was very dear. He was a kind man. In the end isn't that what we hope people will be able to say about us, that we were kind?

The connection I hope to make in this new series "Ala o Pele" is to the land and its own mind. Lava Tree Park shows the wrath of Pele, and yet the forming of new land. The Big Island is the newest island, Kauai being the oldest. The Big Island is still a work in progress, forming and having its own say on how it will develop. So amazing isn't it?

I asked my model to stand in awe before the statues of lava that Pele had left behind. The lava formations almost come to life there and I wanted to capture that. Dennis caught the moment for me on camera. I will then take those images and bring them to canvas hoping to bring the connection together and breath life into them.

I have in the past described myself as a figurative artist. I do paint that but more importantly I paint emotions. I hope to connect with this series as I did with my painting of Jackie Hashimoto. I find myself breathing out recognitions of a world I am trying to understand. It is a holy experience as I have said before.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Painting in Action ~ Hawaiian Art

Photographer: Dennis G Magnusen

Because I am painting all 10 paintings at once I have them all over the room. I am moving from one painting to the next. I am doing this for several reasons the first being to keep continuity to the series. I love the flow of doing several paintings at once. Emotions generated connect the dots so to speak. Kind of a funny thing too... it saves on paint. It should... maybe it doesn't really.

I have always loved to have every color imaginable squeezed out onto my pallet. Just when I don't I find myself longing for a certain color. I guess I do waste a lot of paint this way. It gets me there though so that is what feels important to me.

This is all very emotional.. painting. I often cry esp. if there is music that lends to feeling emotional. Ahhh emotions NOT an enemy right?

After drawing out my images on all the canvases I was overwhelmed. My beautiful model gave me insight into her heart with her photos. I hope to do them justice.

Denny caught those moments an artist hopes to see. Ahh I see it and it moves me. my young model let us see her heart and capture it on paper.

Well... I must run. I have a physical therapy appointment at 1 and want to get in some painting before I go. Last appointment I painted way too long and wound up going with paint all over my hands. Funny.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

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This holy experience of painting....

Photo of Lava Tree Monument State Park: http://www.instanthawaii.com

Photographer: Dennis G Magnusen

This is the first real time I have painted since I fell down a flight of stairs last April.

It is interesting to note a few things about this series and my fall.

The stairs included THIRTEEN steps. I had returned from a hike in the mountains in Garberville while visting my sister. She hikes to a certain spot each day and touches a certain rock at the top. I had touched her rock that morning. When I returned because of the flight from Hawaii the day before and the hike I was tired and perhaps a bit clumsy, thus the fall.

When I went to see how many paintings I would need at Wailoa Center State Building I counted THIRTEEN... thirteen of my large canvases would be needed.

Many of the photos were taken at "Lava Tree State Monument".

It is interesting that serendipity has caused me to paint these very significant formations of lava rock and Pele's path of wrath.

There is something VERY HAUNTING about the Monument. It feels as if life is inside each volcanic rock formation to me. I cannot help but think of the rock I touched in Garberville and the thirteen steps.

It almost feels holy.


Info about Lava Tree Park is below. More pictures of the Monument can be found on the second website provided. The info does not make reference to Pele. I will post that in future entries because that too is significant to the paintings and the Merry Monarch Festival.


Lava Tree State Monument Info:


Lava Tree State Monument
Off Pahoa-Pohoiki Road (Highway 132), 2.7 miles southeast of Pahoa.

Viewing of an excellent example of a forest of lava trees. This unusual volcanic feature is the result of a lava flow that swept through this forested area and left behind lava molds of the tree trunks. Picnicking opportunities. No drinking water.

17.1 acres



Lava Tree State Park

The Lava Trees in Lava Tree State Park were created in a 1790 lava flow. The flow entered the area and buried the 'Ōhi'a Trees up to 11 ft deep in molten lava. Trees that were surrounded by the molten lava cooled the lava that coated them, while the heat of the lava caused the tree to burn to ash. When nearby fissures opened and allowed the molten lava to drain away the slightly cooler lava that surrounded the trees were already starting to harden and remained above ground.

Lava Tree State Park consists of 17.1 acres of native plants, trees and many lava tree molds - most of which are still standing. A small paved trail takes the visitor around the park and is easy walking for adults and children. The park has bathrooms and three covered areas for picnics, including a barbeque pit, but no drinking water.

Getting There
The Lava Tree State Park is in the lower Puna district. To get to the park take Highway 130 towards the town of Pāhoa. Pass the first intersection that takes you into Pāhoa and at the next intersection (the intersection with a traffic light) make a left onto Pāhoa-Kapoho Road (this is also Highway 132). Follow this road for about 3 miles until you see the park on your left.

The park is open 24 hours a day, year round. There is no cost to visit the park.

The park has a paved parking lot and restrooms accessible from the parking lot. There is no drinking water at the park. The trail around the park is paved but is uneven and broken in places due to tree roots. The trail is not navigable through its entire length by wheelchair.

Also, heed the signs that warn you to stay on the trail. There are many dangerous, deep fissures, many hidden by vegetation.

The Lava Tree State Park is at about 500 ft above sea level. Since it is on the East side of the Big Island the weather may be wet though warm. Shorts and rubber slippers or shoes are adequate. You might want to have light rain gear in the car in cast it decides to rain.

About The Park
The Lava Tree State Park sits within the Nanawale Forest Reserve in the lower Puna district near the town of Pāhoa. While lava trees can be found in several locations on the Big Island this particular park has several excellent example as well as being very accessible. Another (even better but less accessible) example of lava trees can be found in the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

Lava trees are made when molten lava coats trees in one of two ways. First, a fissure can open that sprays fountains of lava into the air. The falling lava coats trees and burns the insides out leaving a lava mold around the tree. The second way for lava trees to form is molten lava flow filling an area and then draining - leaving the rock trees behind. The Lava Tree State Park is an example of this second method of formation.

In 1790 the East Rift of the Kilauea volcano opened up and issued a huge pahoehoe lava flow. This lava flow entered a wet 'Ōhi'a Tree forest and filled it to a depth of over 11 ft in molten lava.

When the liquid lava, at 2000° F, came in contact with the cool wet trees the lava touching the trees began to cool. At the same time, the tremendous heat consumed the tree leaving a perfect mold where the tree once grew. The mold is so perfect that you can still see the imprint of the bark in the lava rock itself.

Soon after filling the area with lava a nearby fissure opened in the ground allowing all the lava in the area to drain back into the earth. Because the lava surrounding the trees had already cooled due to the temperature of the trees, the lava molds did not drain but remained as monuments to the trees that once stood in the same spot.

The park is an excellent way to see both native Hawaiian plants as well as the fascinating Lava Trees themselves. The park has three structures offering protection from rain as well as picnic benches and even a rock grill for cooking. Bathrooms are at the park entrance but there is no water available.

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"Ala o Pele"

Photographer: Dennis G Magnusen

I work quickly so some images might be a tad blurred from time to time. I share the artist's frenzy. This one is pretty clear though.

The music is blasting... hope the neighbors will still like me when this series is done! Ha ha!

Setting Up the Canvas'

Hawaiian art in honor of Merry Monarch Festival.
Photographer: Dennis G Magnusen

I have blocked out 9 canvases. I am using photos taken by Dennis G Magnusen of my models. Two are 38x48 and the rest are 30x40. Some are gallery wrap so the sides are 2 inches and the paintings will extend over onto the sides. The others will be framed in solid koa. I am planning one more to add to this collection along with 3 others that are already painted using another model.

I usually block out paintings with lavender or purple. I just like it.

I will show the 10 paintings mapped out along with me painting them over the next couple of weeks and then move on to my progress with the backgrounds.

Friday, February 9, 2007

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Day one of my postings. I look forward to sharing my progress.

Upcoming shows:

One Woman Show:

"Ala o Pele"

In Honor of Merry Monarch Festival

Wailoa Center
April 6 thru April 27, 2007
Reception for the artist
April 6, 5-7pm


200 Piopio Street
P.O. Box 936
Wailoa State Park
Hilo, Hawaii 96720


Seven Women Artists From Around the World

Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery
April 26 thru June 2, 2007


547 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001


Aloha Outpost
The New Pahoa Marketplace
Pahoa, Hawaii 96778

Makana Lani
116 Kamehameha Ave.
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Wailoa Center
Cody Kings Office
200 Piopio Street
P.O. Box 936
Wailoa State Park
Hilo, Hawaii 96720


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