Friday, February 3, 2017

Recent Photos And The Portrait Delivered

On February 1st--believe it, or not--I delivered the portrait of Dr. McKinlay's father.  It's not finished, but I felt sufficiently okay about it to let him have his first look.  He'll have it for a few weeks to see if any corrections are necessary.  He said he plans to give the painting to his mother.  I'm nervous, but eager to learn what she will think of it.  The studio seems like something is missing now, though the reference photos are still in view.  They will remain in place as I'm fully expecting some "tweaks" will be requested.

The other photos are the usual, never-quite-the-same harbor, ocean and sky views.  There is also a newer work for your consideration.  In an explosion of pent-up energy, I grabbed several colors and a palette knife and went crazy.  It was an exhilarating and carefree attempt at an expressive seascape.  It may not last, but it was fun to do.

Though I usually save sunsets for the end of a post, here's what it looked like on 29 January.

On January 23rd, a departing submarine and departing QANTAS airliner caught my eye.

7:35 AM, January 24th.  A rather unusual cloud formation colored pink in the early morning light.

Same morning, 8:32 AM.

The MS Amsterdam stopped by on her 2017 Grand World Voyage.  Wonder how much that costs!?

While in port, three crewmembers work to keep the ship looking beautiful.  Click on any of the photos for a closer look.

28 January, early evening.  That plume of pink spray is the result of a humpback whale taking a breath.  It's amazing how close the mighty creatures often come to the harbor.  We've never seen one actually in the harbor...yet.

Two more blows, the mist turned pink by the setting sun.  In this shot, you can see just a bit of their backs.  You can imagine how challenging it is to capture a breach or fin slap.  I'll keep trying, however.

I snapped this photo just a second or two before we saw the flukes appear as this whale begins a dive.

Nightfall descends upon Chinatown on Chinese New Year's Day, 28 January.  Most all the pageantry, the big parade, lion dancers, firecrackers, drums and cymbals happened during the prior two weeks.

Took this photo from our TV, during the evening news from Hawaii News Now.  It's an image taken by Italian Astronaut Ignazio Magnani aboard the International Space Station, a couple of hundred miles above O'ahu.  The wrinkly green area is the Ko'olau Range running from south to north along the east side of the island.  You can clearly see Pearl Harbor with its three lochs and the reef runway sticking out into the ocean.  The thing that looks like a circle is actually the crater of Diamond Head.

And finally, here's that "energetic" seascape I promised.  This canvas measures 20 x 30-inches.

Have a great tomorrow!


  1. depending on the cruise, it could cost you a lot lol 113 days starts at only $30000 :p

    really great painting :D lots of energy to it :)

  2. I like the photos and the painting! Great energy and power in that palette knife painting :).

  3. Aloha Jennifer,
    Gee...Such a bargain! Almost makes me want to sign-up today. Luckily, I had enough time "cruising" on navy ships to satisfy me for a lifetime. Wel-l-l...A Norwegian fiords cruise, or maybe an Alaska Inward Passage cruise "might" be okay.
    Thanks for those kind words about the seascape. "Energy" is about the best descriptive term for it. Sometimes, however, expressive chaos can be more exciting than a well-planned, but boring composition.
    Hope you're doing well. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Have a good upcoming week.

  4. Hey Rhonda,
    Always happy when you stop by, and the kind words are always appreciated.
    It may surprise you, but that painting hasn't been touched yet! Usually, after a few days, I begin messing with such works, with the result being a trashed, or painted-over canvas. Can't guarantee that won't happen, but so far, so good.
    Have a great week!