Friday, January 30, 2009


A band I followed in the early 80s. Cute commercial.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Good-Bye, Mike Sakamoto (1949-2009)

Fellow island plein air painter Mike Sakamoto recently passed away after a long illness. I will miss his humor (he was always sending us all the funniest jokes) and his kindness and generocity in sharing his knowledge and friendship.

Yesterday, Arthur and I painted at Davis's again in honor of Mike.

These are just a few of the paintings he would email me throughout the last couple of years. I'm glad I can post them here. Aloha, Mike, dear friend.

Friday, January 23, 2009

toy project

My other creative outlet where I make up stuff.

Painting at Davis's

Arthur has a friend who has a beautiful property in Opihikao. Here's Arthur finishing up a sketch/painting of some ti plants.

I decided to go for a Valentine theme. And Bugsy sat by on sleepy guard duty.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Lava Trek

Last Saturday morning I got up at 3:30 AM to meet a group of friends who wanted to go for a lava trek. It was extremely windy at that ungodly hour but I'm glad I did it. The deal is you want to see the lava while it's still dark, see the sunrise and walk back in daylight (a good thing).

At sunrise Arthur and Pamela, his childhood friend visiting from Canada, treated us to a Hawaiian chant. Unfortunately, all you hear here is the wind.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Life drawing

Another Saturday session at Arthur's Studio. The last couple of times I've decided to work smaller instead of the traditional huge sizes, mostly so I don't have to stand while drawing. I once studied life drawing with Justine Wolfson (who also taught intaglio print making). I think I was kind of channeling her because as I was drawing I remembered her detailed small drawings that she would do during the class while she encouraged us to draw large. We had a great model today, someone who'd done it for over 20 years, a real "pro" (he actually has an MFA, in sculpture and ceramics-but he probably did a lot of modeling during art school). He was very strict with our one minute gesture poses so in some ways it was good that I was working smaller.