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Just You and the Beach is a Kauai’i inspired mini oil painting by artist Jenny Floravita

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Mini Master Island Painting by artist Jenny Floravita. 12x6 inches on gallery wrapped canvas.

Just You and the Beach is another sold Mini Master Island Painting. This is one of four paintings that is shipping to a collector back East. This is a Kauai’i North Shore beach scene that I’ve painted large scale several times. I love this beach. It’s semi-private because you have to know where to turn off the highway. There isn’t marked parking or any signs. You then go down a little cliff to the beach. Every time I visit this little private beach has been empty.

And it’s not very large. A couple stands of tall coconut palms provide a lot of nice shade. I love the detail of the bark of coconut palms and I paint them often, upclose and detailed in my larger works.

This small original oil painting is on a 12×6 inch gallery wrapped canvas and is painted around the edges. I absolutely love painting in both oil and watercolor. I’ve been torn between the two mediums for years but these days I have less time to do so in a given year because I am so busy creating my reverse painted glass chandeliers which require complete fabrication before the painting even begins.

But I do plan to try to offer more Mini Master Island Painting this coming year. Just painting small scale reminds me of how much I miss doing so. I’ve sold a couple hundred small original oil paintings, many through the art festivals that I used to exhibit here in California. These small gems have always been very popular with my collectors and I’ve kept them very affordable—I definitely charge less for these paintings over my chandeliers simply because they are so joyful to paint. When I don’t have time to paint them, I am forced to put them on the back burner to handle my demanding painted chandelier commission queue and gallery demands which can last for many months without a break…so if you like my small oil paintings, it’s better to collect when they are posted and available.

These days most of my works—both painted chandeliers and oil and watercolor wall paintings—are sold through my website to collectors in other states and not through festivals.

Mini Master Island Painting by artist Jenny Floravita. 12x6 inches on gallery wrapped canvas.

 

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Coconut Coast is a 12×6 Mini Master Island Painting by Jenny Floravita

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Mini Master Island Painting by artist Jenny Floravita. 12x6 inches on gallery wrapped canvas.SOLD
12×6 inch Mini Master Oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas

Coconut Coast is a new Mini Master Island Painting featuring a favorite beach scene in Kauai on the East side of the island. A lush green gras lawn lies in front of a protected beach. Tropical red hibiscus flowers line the perimeter. Tall coconut palms sway in the cool breeze as gentle waves roll into the shore.

Kauai is definitely one of my favorite islands to paint! This little gem is an oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas so it is painted around the endues and can either hang on the wall solo or in a grouping. The canvas is thick around the endues so this painting can also stand upright on it’s own on a mantel, as seen below.

My original oil paintings are painted loosely and with great expression. I enjoy feeling the moment when I’m painting these small scale oil paintings.

Mini Master Island Painting by artist Jenny Floravita. 12x6 inches on gallery wrapped canvas.

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Watercolor painting, Glowing Ti Leaves of the Hawaiian Islands, also shown at Woodbridge by Mondavi Winery art show

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One of my newest over-sized watercolors, Glowing Ti Leaves of the Hawaiian Islands (along with my reverse painted chandelier titled June Garden Bloom) was also included in the juried art show at Woodbridge by Mondavi Winery in May. This is my current favorite tropical flower painting. The flowers for this piece were seen on Kauai though this scene could be from any garden enthusiasts home in the Hawaiian Islands.

There were over 700 entries in the various categories so I was very excited to have this piece of art included in the show, especially considering that one of my favorite chandeliers was also chosen. I must confess that if I could do this over again, I would have framed this piece differently. Normally we frame all of my watercolor paintings here at the studio and all of my watercolors have been framed in the same style for the past several years. My husband does the chops and assembly, I cut the mats and assemble the fillets, backing, etc… I had decided that I wanted to do something different with this one piece and wanted to give a local frame shop (that has a flaky reputation but is well known among the local artists) another try at framing simply to support another local business that is not a big box business…gave them plenty of time…with disastrous results. Right down to the last minute this was a stressful frame job and in the end I didn’t get the moulding, matting, fillet that was specifically chosen for this piece—as a last resort we had to put the painting into a thin molding that warps because the size of the painting is too large for the molding.

I am planning on re-framing this piece in the way in which it deserves, you can see here how beautiful it is and that it deserves to be shown well. Framing is an important part of a watercolor’s presentation. In the near future, I will do a blog or two on how this piece will be framed and why certain frame and matting decisions are made.

If any of you know an awesome framer, I’m open to ideas for this piece!

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Banana Shack, Hawaiian Waimea Plantation Cottage painting

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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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North Shore Living, Hawaiian Waimea Plantation Cottage painting

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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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Hawaii in Summer, tropical waimea plantation cottage art

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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!

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Morning Glory House, waimea plantation cottage painting

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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: http://floravitalights.com/portfolio/blue-waimea-plantation-cottage-with-purple-morning-glory-and-pink-flowers/

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Red & Orange Tropical Flower Glow, watercolor

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8″ x 8.5″ watercolor on rough 300lb Arches paper, 50 plus 6 packing/ship—I’ve shipped my paintings and chandeliers all over the country

Red & Orange Tropical Flower Glow is a watercolor study for possibly a larger watercolor painting. It is on a thick, 300lb rough watercolor paper. Normally I don’t paint on ‘rough’ surface paper so that said, this is a very true contemporary watercolor—though it’s highly realistic, it’s painted very freely, with a lot of layers and vibrant tropical colors.

The torn edges add a lovely element to this painting. Watercolor has always been my first love. I’ve been painting in watercolor for much of my professional career. Though galleries have largely preferred oils I’ve stuck with this exquisite medium through the years, showing them alongside my oil paintings and sometimes exclusively.

My first watercolors were painted at age 11 and I painted exclusively in watercolor for the first 20 years of my painting life. My floral paintings are inspired by tropical flowers. I travel to the Hawaiian Islands most every year and we also grow tropical flowers in my California home garden.

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Red & Orange Tropical Flower Glow, watercolor

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8″ x 8.5″ watercolor on rough 300lb Arches paper, 50 plus 6 packing/ship—I’ve shipped my paintings and chandeliers all over the country

Red & Orange Tropical Flower Glow is a watercolor study for possibly a larger watercolor painting. It is on a thick, 300lb rough watercolor paper. Normally I don’t paint on ‘rough’ surface paper so that said, this is a very true contemporary watercolor—though it’s highly realistic, it’s painted very freely, with a lot of layers and vibrant tropical colors.

The torn edges add a lovely element to this painting. Watercolor has always been my first love. I’ve been painting in watercolor for much of my professional career. Though galleries have largely preferred oils I’ve stuck with this exquisite medium through the years, showing them alongside my oil paintings and sometimes exclusively.

My first watercolors were painted at age 11 and I painted exclusively in watercolor for the first 20 years of my painting life. My floral paintings are inspired by tropical flowers. I travel to the Hawaiian Islands most every year and we also grow tropical flowers in my California home garden.

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IFDA’s Dining by Design Table Taste & Hop

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These images below are of the evening of Dining By Design’s Table Taste & Hop, 2012 at the San Francisco Design Center Galleria. Everything came together beautifully! The IFDA team worked very hard and included team members:

Lauren Shelby— www.spaceswithin.com

Athena Charis—www.athenacharis.com

Diane Nicolson—www.pbd.org

Tim Manning—web.me.com/timothydmanning

Davis Dalbok—Living Green

Jenny Floravita (me)—floravitalights.com

Susan Crane—Bloom Artistry (floral arrangements)

The following evening was the actual dinner for those who purchased seats at 500 and tables at 5,000 and up. Click on the images to view larger and scroll through the entire portfolio.

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