Monday, May 14, 2007


And now we move on to my trip to Manhattan with Craig and his parents.

It's been awhile since I've been here too. I almost forgot how exciting this place can be. Side note, while I was in Hana Arthur introduced me to Sudoku. Okay, I'm kinda slow on the trends. I did see my brother-in-law doing them last winter but didn't pay much attention to them, since I have enough addictions as it is (internet, painting, swimming, etc.). But at the airport in Honolulu I picked up a booklet for something to do (as if there isn't enough to do--well, I was thinking on the plane or something). I'm getting the hang of it and it's pretty fun. At first, in Hana, I was trying to be so scientific with charts and x's to figure it out by elimination. But now I get what to look for so it's less mechanical.

We saw a great play -- Frost/Nixon with Frank Langella. Brilliantly art directed with the use of 40 or so video screens and cameras onstage to show how they did the filming of the interviews. I recommend it to anyone going to New York.

We also did something I'd never done before, living or visiting New York in the past. We rode those doubledecker buses around town. What a great way to see the city. Plus, they let you get off and on at any point (of their scheduled stops), you just hop back on another bus when you're done walking around. It was a great way to mix it up between being on a tour bus (a very Japanese thing to do) and leisurely window shopping.

Hana Trip

It'd been 11 years since I'd been on Maui and I definitely would like to go back sooner than later. Hana was a painting everywhere you turned. I thought Arthur's comments were excellent so I'll just add some more photos here...

We were treated to a farewell rainbow on our way out of town (which we narrowly made). click on photo to enlarge.

A J Gallery Notes: A Painting Trip to Hana Maui

A J Gallery Notes: A Painting Trip to Hana Maui

Friday, May 11, 2007

Apologies from NY

I'm planning to post photos of my Maui trip next week. I'm currently in New York which I hadn't visited in 9 years (since moving from there--amazing how time flies). There's lots to see and do as always.... it all started with our luggage arriving 8 hours later than we did. At least we avoided the hassle of bringing them to the hotel. From a wall of green I'm now looking out at a wall of concrete and glass...

more next week!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Maui bound

Arthur and I are bound for Maui to join the Plein Air Painters of Hawaii group converging on Hana. Cosette was supposed to come too. So was Joel...(sigh). We will be there almost a week.

I did something I haven't done in many years. Since before I had a scanner. I was too tired to do the scanner thing, it's hooked up to my old old old computer. I have a great scanner (for it's time...) but it doesn't have even a USB connection. Yikes. So, what I used to do back in the day was do a drawing on acetate and tape it to my monitor and then trace it in a graphics program... So I did that to create some funky icons. It was kinda fun and nostalgic to do something I hadn't done in a million years.