Posts Tagged ‘beaches’

Painting #20: Blue Moon Dreams

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SOLD. Painting #20: TITLE: Blue Moon Dreams. I found the photo that inspired this image in a tiny clipping in a newspaper about 3 years ago that I kept hanging onto because I just loved her face – so serene and soft. It reminds me of seeing really good hula dancers in the thrall of the dance – their hands vibrate and you can see they’re in a whole nother place.

You can get a mousey-pad of Blue Moon Dreams here:

Did you miss getting the original? Get a giclée print (a giclée is a high-quality print on canvas – you almost can’t tell the difference between it and the original) here The image you see here is a bit darker than the actual painting.

Why Not Drink Bottled Water?

What can you do to help with the plastic water bottle mess??

Here’s one simple alternative to bottled water: buy a stainless steel thermos, and use it. Over and over and over. I save myself over $2000 dollars a year by choosing to do that. I also buy drinks in glass bottles that I like and want to reuse – sometimes just throwing the drink out!
Don’t like the way your local tap water tastes? Inexpensive carbon filters will turn most tap water sparkling fresh at a fraction of bottled water’s cost.
Consider taking Food and Water Watch’s No Bottled Water Pledge. Conserve water wherever possible, and stay on top of local water issues.
Want to know more? Start with the Sierra Club’s fact sheet on bottled water.

Painting #19: Out My Door

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SOLD. Painting #18: TITLE: Out My Door. This is what I see when I look out my door from my office. I keep the door open at all times so I can see my tiny little lanai – the sun is too intense there to sit for any length of time, so I filled it up with my little green friends.

Maybe you’ll recognize the birds-nest fern leaf on the left, the star-shaped sweet potato leaves and the lovely coral-red hibiscus.  I really love the contrast between the coral of the hibiscus and the gem-green of the leaves. And those little pinkish-lavender spots at impatiens and begonias peeking through here and there in the shadows.

Someone asked me the other day if I had painted all the images you see here. Yep, I did.

Get a mousey-pad of it here: Out-My-Door-MP, and get high quality prints in different sizes (starting at $104) here Out-My-Door-Prints. The image you see here is a darker than the actual painting.


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:

Here’s where you can get a mousey pad of the same image (and others):


Eighty Five MILLION Plastic Bottles are Thrown Away Every Day….

Eighty-five million plastic bottles are thrown away a day…

There are two parts to the problem of bottled water: the water, and the bottle.

In the intro to Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water (2010), Peter Gleick writes, “every second of every day in the United States, a thousand people buy and open up a plastic bottle of commercially produced water, and every second of every day in the United States, a thousand.

“More than thirty billion bottles a year thrown away, at a cost to consumers of tens of billions of dollars.” Read the rest of this article here:

Image: © Story of Stuff 2010

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:

Here’s where you can get a mousey pad of the same image (and others, as well):

Our First Artist for A Pristine Planet Donation!

We made our first donation today: to Annie Leonard’s Story of Stuff organization! I just love her work, who she is, what she does, and the passion she shows in getting the word out about what really goes on about things.

Her story on tap water was riveting/horrifying. See it here: http://storyofbottledwater.orgCross your fingers that I’ll be able to get her to interview for the Daring Dreamers Showcase! I’ll let you know –

This is from her website: Annie Leonard is the author and host of The Story of Stuff. She is author of The Story of Stuff, the book, published by Free Press of Simon and Schuster on March 9, 2010.

Annie has spent nearly two decades investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues. She has traveled to 40 countries, visiting literally hundreds of factories where our stuff is made and dumps where our stuff is dumped.

Witnessing first hand the horrendous impacts of both over- and under- consumption around the world, Annie is fiercely dedicated to reclaiming and transforming our industrial and economic systems so they serve, rather than undermine, ecological sustainability and social equity.

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.

Painting #4: Sunset Estuary

Artists for A Pristine PlanetTITLE: Sunset Estuary

This is the view of the mouth of the estuary at a tiny little hamlet named Punawea in New Zealand.

I spent a year and a half in Gore on the South Island as Artist-in-Residence, and a friend took me and a bunch of others for a glorious weekend to her batch (beach ouse) in Punawea.

Such good people, such good fun!

When I took my kayak out to the mouth of the water, there were the most enormous seals lying about on the beach.

As I was paddling along, I heard this kind of wet snuffy sound, and looked back to see one of the about 5 feet behind me and closing fast. It didn’t look particularly pleased, so you can just imagine how fast I paddled to the beach!

This painting was done in acrylics on archival (long-lasting without yellowing or pitting) paper board, so it has a very smooth surface – no canvas texture. It’s mounted on wooden stretchers for increased support and rigidity.

You can get the original of the painting by emailing me at Lyon (at) with ‘APP Two Heads’ in the subject line. First one to email me gets it. I’ll email you back letting you know what to do next!

I also loaded it to the print site HERE, where you can get a great quality print on canvas (giclee) or paper (framed print or poster) for starting at  $104.

The words that show in this image as a watermark are NOT on the original!

Painting #2: Two Heads Better Than One

Artist for A Pristine PlanetTITLE: Two Heads Better Than One

Someone sent me this image – I have no idea where it is. If you know, I’d love to hear from you!

I just really liked how the headlands jut out into the crystal blue waters and the red colors in the cliffs.

The painting has paint bumps all through it, as I’m a globby painter!

The size of the canvas is actually 10″ x 14″, so someone is going to get a great deal on this one! The usual size I’m working with for this project is 9″ x 12″. Otherwise I’d be going nutso with how much I’d have to paint each day! It’s been awesome practice.

Here’s how you can get the original of the painting: email me at this address:
Lyon (at) with ‘APP Two Heads‘ in the subject line. First one to email me gets it. I’ll email you back letting you know what to do next!

If you miss getting the original, you can get a print of this image HERE starting at $104.00.

Painting #1: Kailua Beach

Artists for A Pristine PlanetSOLD! This is the first painting: The TITLE: Kailua Beach.

This beach is on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, and is one of my all-time favorites.

If you like this one and missed getting it, you can get a print of this image HERE.

Prints start at $104.

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