Monthly Archive for: ‘March, 2012’

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Banana Shack, Hawaiian Waimea Plantation Cottage painting



Spring has arrived along with soft rains and new banana plant stalks are shooting up in the garden of my California studio. While I’m waiting for my garden to become green again, I’ll be painting banana plants in my small Hawaiian waimea plantation cottage paintings…and dreaming of the lush season that follows.

You can see that my Mini Master paintings are created on professional quality canvas. Each painting is painted around the edges. Many collectors  display multiple paintings in a grouping or stand them up on a mantle. These little gems are very lovely in person.

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Bird of Paradise reverse painted glass night light


Need a little piece of paradise?

My “new” tropical Bird of Paradise night light was previewed and then promptly sold out last month and has lovely warm colors. We grow birds of paradise at my home studio and they are now blooming in my garden! Through the years I have painted this flower differently in my glass night lights with different colors and different flower poses.

These night lights are small samples of my reverse painted chandeliers and have been in a continual evolution since the first pieces were created.

Watch for new designs in April!

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Choosing between a large 32″ and a 24″ for a reverse painted glass chandelier


I wish I had found these photos two months earlier when I was trying to convey to a client, who lives in the Southern part of my state, the difference between a 32″ glass bowl and a 24″ glass bowl—as we were trying to decide on a good size for her reverse painted glass chandelier commission.

The 1st truth is that my 24″ painted chandeliers are perfect for most people and they look beautiful—each glass bowl is hand-crafted and hand painted by me. I’ve installed them into small seaside cottages of 800 sqft and the other extreme—voluminous rooms with 20′ ceilings with both types of clients thinking that the chandelier fit the space beautifully.

The 2nd truth is that most spaces—even small rooms—can handle one of my larger, reverse painted glass chandeliers. The difference between my standard 24″ size and a larger size like a 32″ or a 36″ is a) impact and b) price. You can definitely hang a larger painted chandelier over a dining table in a small room and the results will be very dramatic, guaranteed. The cost for me to produce my painted chandeliers in larger sizes goes up dramatically and the time involved also quadruples. That said, my larger reverse painted glass chandeliers are stunning!!!

These images were of a painted chandelier commission from a couple of years ago. I photographed the glass bowls outside on my hot tub and this client owns one chandelier in a 24″ and one in a 32″ size. This is a complex art form in the sense that colors and design can make one chandelier over another of the same size appear to be larger. This art form has a three-dimensional element. As you walk around one of my reverse painted chandeliers the different flowers and leaves will pop out at you. The larger glass bowls literally have larger planes of dimension. Even though these two bowls look dramatically different in size, when hung the size difference appears to be even greater. The true depth of the glass bowl is deeper in the 32″ and it’s obvious that the painting inside the bowl is more elaborate. In many ways my larger reverse painted glass chandeliers are a totally different animal—there is just so much more surface space in the glass for me to paint—they really are a premium luxury product.

This 32″ bowl will also fit completely over the 24″ bowl with a lot of room to spare. What I don’t think these photos show are the true depth and how these pieces will hang and how stunning they are as paintings…but I think that these photos still can help illustrate a size difference between my standard size and a larger chandelier on a very basic level.

These images are meant to help you decide on a size that is right for you. If you need examples of larger chandeliers hanging in spaces call or email me and I’d be happy to send you examples. Knowing the size/s of my reverse painted glass chandeliers that you are contemplating and the colors/subjects is also helpful. As an artist, I’m happy to create both standard and large sizes—from a personal point I want you to have the chandelier that fits your room so one size over another does not matter to me.

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North Shore Living, Hawaiian Waimea Plantation Cottage painting


North Shore Living is a 12″ long by 6″ tall original oil painting from my long running Hawaiian Waimea Plantation Cottage Series.

This is a beautiful island home vignette painting—a small treasure. You can see in the side shot how the colors glow. All of my paintings look really lovely in person—my collectors are always very happy with their purchases be they small or large.

My husband is lucky, he gets to go back to Big Island for a quick visit next month to look for our ‘spot’ on Hawaii. With a little luck and some vision, it might be possible for us to fulfill our dream someday of living in the islands—full time or part time, I don’t know yet. What I’ve noticed of people that we know who live in the islands, they tend to transition. At some point in their later working years they start to go for a month one a year as time permits, then next for two, at some point down the road it’s three and then…at some point they realize it’s been 2 years or more before they’ve been back to California.

We’re way too young for any serious dreaming of living in the islands soon but hey, there is serious truth in that if you only dream but never lay out a true vision in a plan then you will never arrive at your goal. For us, the goal has always been to enjoy life, to have a fabulous tropical garden and to live with art!

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Trilogy at the Vineyard fine art and wine show


This elegant setting is a home in Brentwood, California’s, luxurious Trilogy at the Vineyards community. To be clear, this is the Northern California’s Brentwood.

My reverse painted lamp (far left) and my reverse painted ‘flat’ glass pieces are lovely compliments to this formal, traditional wood interior. This lovely home has a 20′ ceiling. The reverse painted bowl in the front is one of my painted chandelier bowls. I like to share with people how I create my work and seeing a painted chandelier up-close helps people to understand the artistry involved.

Trilogy at the Vineyards is a lovely and luxurious community and I have several friends who live here, many of which are artists. We gather semi-annually to create a show in which we share our works with the art patrons and artists of Brentwood. In May I will be exhibiting at Trilogy’s Club House for our annual East Contra Costa Artists’s Open Studio, an event in which almost 50 artists will open their homes and studios to the public in various locations. Stay tuned for more info, coming soon…

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Hawaii in Summer, tropical waimea plantation cottage art


Hawaii in Summer is one of my newest mini Waimea Plantation Cottage Series paintings. Those of you who have been following my painting blogs for a couple years know that I can paint these small Hawaiian sugar cottages endlessly.

This piece forgoes the usual island cottage blue and utilizes the colors of the sun. Bright orange and red flowers bring cheer and texture to the front of the house while tall coconut palms and bougainvillaea prosper in the back.

Personally, I do understand why I paint these island houses—they represent the good life and maybe even a future life in the islands and buy judging on how many of these I’ve sold through the years, others can certainly relate!


Bahama Macaw, tropical reverse painted glass chandelier


Bahama Macaw is a lovely example of my tropical, reverse painted glass chandeliers. Though I have been creating and painting these rare and exciting chandeliers for several years, part of what is most inspiring for me is that each new painted chandelier idea has the potential to be so different from the last even within my truest artist voice: tropical.

When I’m creating a “new” chandelier concept I allow my creativity to be guided by my instinct for color, space and movement. Usually I will start with a general idea, for example, maybe I already know that I want to paint a macaw or have red ginger flowers or plumerias. Or maybe I start a piece thinking that I want to work within a specific color scheme where I incorporate certain colors but leave others out of the mix.

For a working artist, being inspired is very important and I can honestly say that I’m inspired almost every day to create my reverse painted glass chandeliers or night lights. It’s a true blessing.

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New Honolulu Beauties Geshia Series, reverse painted glass night lights


My newest series of reverse painted glass night lights are my Honolulu Beauties Geshia Series. Each night light will be painted differently, with different patters, styles and flowers that will include orchids, tropical gingers and cherry blossoms, just to name a few.

Some Geshias will hold fans. Reds, violet, black and golds have been the inspiring colors so far. Though all of the above night lights (plus around 15 others have sold) I’ll be adding new original reverse painted night lights on my website in this series soon. Send me a note or call me if you’d like to receive notification of my new Geshia night light releases!


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Morning Glory House, waimea plantation cottage painting


Late last month I was blessed to visit Hawaii proper also known as Big Island. Hawaii is a very dynamic, living island. Though our entry and exit to and from the island happened late at night, if you fly in to land during the day you will be able to see how the lava effects the landscape.

This island is still producing shoreline. The lava has a beauty in itself that is hard to describe if you have never experienced standing on and in an immense dried lava bed in person as we did on the grounds of the great 1990 eruption. I’ll have to create a few paintings this year that incorporate the beauty of lava rock.

My husband and I also realized that we really love the East side of the island. It’s the wet side of the island. As an artist who is inspired by the islands, it was great to finally be back on Big Island—it really helped me to reconnect with my chosen subject.

Though the painting featured here does not have lava it does have one of my other favorite elements to paint—the Hawaiian sugar plantation cottage. This piece titled, Morning Glory House is a small canvas, 6″x12″. There is a lot of fun texture on this painting. You can see a couple more details of this fine vignette oil painting under my Mini Paintings category:

Thank you for viewing my art. Your time is much appreciated!