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Painting #10: Ko’Olina Afternoon

Artists for A Pristine PlanetKo’Olina Afternoon. Painting #10.

This is one of the most popular snorkeling spots on Oahu – easy to see why.

I wanted to do this view because I had never painted palm trees before, and it scared me to death. Came out OK, methinks.

To get this original 9″ x 12″ painting, just email me at: Lyon at AngelaTreatLyon.com. $100 plus S&H.

You can get a mousey-pad of it here: http://bit.ly/ko-olina-mousey-pads.

And if you miss getting the original, you can get beautiful prints on either paper or canvas, framed or unframed, (starting at $104) here http://bit.ly/ko-olina-prints.

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Painting #6: Puerto Vallarta Umbrella

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Puerto Vallarta Umbrell: Painting #6

This is kind of an odd bird – I almost threw out the photo I used for reference for this piece as I went through my photogrpahs after I got home from Mexico because it was so fuzzy.

But after looking at it more, I decided it was kind of neat and thought I’d paint it, instead.

I love how the pinkish ‘auras’ around the people get kind of shmooshed into the layers of the sunset – that was how they really looked.

It had been a very hot, dusty day, and there was no breeze. Everyone and his left brother was on the beach, trying to cool down, waiting for the evening breeze, enjoying each others’ company as the sun slipped into the rosy sea.

Get the 9″ x 12″ original:
Just email Lyon at AngelaTreatLyon.com and request it! $100 plus S&H.

Get a print here: http://bit.ly/puerto-vallarta starting at $104.

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Mokuluas Sundown: Paintings #63 & 64!

Artists for A Pristine PlanetMokuluas Sundown: Painting #63 & 64

[This was a bitch to scan and is near but not quite true to the original colors. As it is a diptych, it is 12″h x 18″ w.]

Sometimes I walk on the beach at sunset, and go past where all the outriggers are kept – it’s a magnificent sight, all those modernized but old-timey canoes lined up. Must be a good three dozen of them.

Then as you go past them onto the beach and look south, on the right is the tip of the beginning of Lanikai Beach, with the Mukulua islands guarding it out about a 45-minute kayak paddle away.

You can see the island of Maui from there when it’s clear – a full 200 miles away!

This is a diptych, meaning two canvasses make up one painting. They will be sold together! This is a heavily textured painting.

ORIGINAL: Get the 12″ x 9″ original acrylic painting: email Lyon at AngelaTreatLyon.com and let me know you want it.

PRINTS & GICLEES: And if you miss getting the original of Mokulua Sundown, get a fantastic, high-quality print of it here:
http://bit.ly/Mokuluas-Prints

MOUSEY PADS: Get a gorgeous, gem colored Mokulua Sundown mousey-pad like the one shown:
http://bit.ly/Mokuluas-MP

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Painting #18: San Blas Sunrise

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SOLD. When I got back from Mexico a few years ago, I had a whole lot of images of the beach that I tweaked into varying shapes and colors – like this one.

It’s funny, because I really didn’t enjoy that beach – there were sharp, pointy shells in the sand so you couldn’t even go barefoot, and the water was dirty and so shallow for such a long way out that it wasn’t worth going swimming.

But it sure had some spectacular shallows! This was a hard one to do without it just looking like a swash of color – I used a pretty small brush and worked from the bottom up to get the soft blends.

There’s a no-no in painting called “licking” – it’s when you paint a daub and then smoosh it around and blend it into other colors. The puritsts say to make a stroke and leave it.

Well, it was sure tempting to lick this piece to bits – but I didn’t! There isn’t a single smoosh in it. It was all done with little daub after little daub. As my Texan friend would say, you have to mix the paint right careful to do that.

If you miss getting the original, you can get a really excellent print of this image starting at $104.00: http://bit.ly/san-blas-sunrise-Prints

Here’s where you can get a mousey pad of the same image (and others): http://bit.ly/San-Blas-Sunrise-MP

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Painting #17: Mellow Morning

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SOLD. Painting #17: TITLE: Mellow Morning. Some mornings here are so sweet – I love walking on the wet sand, seeing how impermanent my path upon the earth is – even compared to the real impact I and my doings might have. I think about how I could easily be an isolated artist, hiding in my studio – I did for years, you know! But I believe now that it’s more important to get out and speak up for what you’re passionate about.

Times have changed radically, and because of increased communications and technology, we have opportunites to create and amazing options we never had before. It’s time to creep out of that hidey hole and take your passion for a walk – a long, beautiful one!

Boy did I have a hard time getting the right blues in this online image – it just won’t translate all the way how rich those blues are. Ah well. Frustrating.

The original is SOLD! Thank you!

If you missed getting the original, you can get a print of this image starting at $104.00: http://bit.ly/Mellow-prints

Here’s where you can get a mousey pad of the same image (and others, as well): http://bit.ly/Mellow-MP

San Blas Shallows: Prep to Final

Here are some more images of how I prepare the undercoats in my paintings. You can see how the underpainting will sometimes look absolutely nothing like the final image! Here’s the first under layer:

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And here is the second underlying color coat:

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And here is the finished painting:

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San Blas Ripples: Final

SOLD. San Blas Ripples

Now that I have finished San Blas Ripples, you can compare the undercoats (last post) to the final – quite a difference! This was a really difficult piece – I had the sky dark, light, blue, greenish-yellow, and finally, dawn yellow.

The ripples are more pink in the tweaked image in the last post, but in reality, they looked more like the painting because the beach sand was a dark, almost brown yellow rather than the white sand we have here in Hawaii, and both the sand and the outer rocks reflected the pinkish light of the dawn as the water and tops of the ripples reflected the yellows.

The other part that was hard was representing the little ripple of water that surges over the shallows – not making it look like surf. The surf is to the top of the piece. coming from the end of the rocks in the jetty. The little bubbly surges are in reality no more than 2″ deep!

Here’s the final:

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Getting Prepped to Paint

I thought you might like to see a bit of the process I go through when I’m making these paintings.

First I take the image of the scene that I want to paint and tweak it in Photoshop so the colors really pop. Here’s an example of one I’ll be doing this week. I took a picture of the scene, which was in the usual sandy-brown and silvery blues of this particular place, and changed them to popping colors. Like this:

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Now I make a printout of this to use as reference. Then I draw out the main lines that define where I’ll lay in color.

Next I do a preliminary color value sketch in white and browns (see below).

This helps me determine placement of objects, shading, tones of dark and light, and where I want to emphasize light.

Here’s what the brown and white study looks like – you can see how I have changed the placement of the main elements and started working in a bit of magenta and light blue. (Now you can see how funky the paintings are when I first start them off!)

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A study like this also helps you if you have “blank canvas fear” (which I don’t, because when I prepare my canvasses, I paint them with a brown-tinted gesso).

Many people get freaked out by the white canvas and consider it intimidating – kind of like writing a book and looking  at the pile of blank white sheets sitting in front of you!

I’ll tell you more soon.

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