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Friday, November 22, 2013, from 5:30-8:00, is the Preview Reception for the Matchbox Plus IX Show at Cedar Street Galleries in Honolulu. The artwork, both 2D and 3D, are all originals and are all miniature size from a multitude of artists. For this exhibit, I submitted two of my coconut fiber works, “Eastside Palms Diptych” and “Ali’i Beach Palms”.  Both of these works are painted in acrylic on actual coconut tree fiber which has been prepared and mounted on cradled wooden panels.

Eastside Palms Diptych - Pati O'Neal 2 pieces 5"x7" each

Eastside Palms Diptych – Pati O’Neal
2 pieces 5″x7″ each

Ali'i Beach Palms - Pati O'Neal 6" x 6"

Ali’i Beach Palms – Pati O’Neal
6″ x 6″

The show runs November 22, 2013 to January 5, 2014. It is on the second floor of the gallery. This is always a fantastic show with a concentration of creativity. Here is the invitation with all the info:

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Okay……It’s been almost two years since I have last written. Now it is time to get back on track. As you can probably tell, I am not a writer, nor am I a person that Is comfortable in publicizing or marketing myself.  All I want to do is create and nurture my creative spirit. I want my work to speak for itself.  Nevertheless, after repeated requests from others wanting to know what is going on with my work, what I am working on next, what direction my work is going … etc., or plain curiosity, I will blog again.

As a quick recap – here are a few things that has happened within the last two years:

I have participated in the last two Hale’iwa Arts Festivals with the help of my daughter Elyse. Gorgeous weather and fantastic people made both weekends great.

Pati Hale'iwa Booth 2012

2012 Hale’iwa Arts Festival booth

Pati at HAF 2013 Booth

2013 Hale’iwa Art Festival Booth

On the aviation art front, I have also had paintings juried into the last two ASAA forum exhibits and a painting included in an ASAA 25 year Retrospective exhibit.  (All which I will blog about later.)

Gary Reed’s Studio exhibits were other events that I have been a part of for the past two years. This is an event that he holds at his beautiful home in Waianae where guests can meet and talk to artists about their work.

Studio Gary Reed EventStudio Gary Reed 2012

I was also part of a cooperative gallery in Kailua for a short trial period.  Art Gallery 315 was a wonderful small gallery with a great mix of original art from local Hawaii artists. Unfortunately the lease came up, so the brick and mortar location is gone but the online version continues on facebook until another location in Kailua can be found.

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Art Gallery 315 – article in Midweek with one of my painting “Rise and Shine Cubs”

Aside from my website – www.pationeal.com, my work is still available through Sunshine Arts in Kahalu’u, Island Treasures in Kailua, Cedar Street Galleries in Honolulu and through Fine Art Associates.

Now that summer is done, it’s time to catch up. The Hale’iwa Arts Festival was a great weekend with fantastic weather and good crowds.  One of my paintings was featured in the magazine for the festival and another painting was used in the television commercial. Here’s a photo of my booth during the show.

Booth at Hale'iwa Arts Festival

The next few posts will be some of my recent paintings.  Now it is time to get back to painting….

This is an encaustic work that I finished a while ago. I was honored to have it accepted into the WAG Juried Show in May. I just got it back from being scanned and now have a beautiful image of the work. Encaustics have been around for 4000 yrs and have lasted unbelievably through the years, but due to the nature of the beeswax used in the process, it can be damaged if exposed to temperature above 150F (i.e. inside a hot car, if your home gets that hot , you probably have bigger problems than the painting.)

Kanaloa and Pele - Pati O'Neal

I created this piece to take advantage of the properties of the medium and to get really into the spirit working with the heat and trying to capture it within the work. The different textures in the painting educes the energy of the Hawaiian goddess of the volcano, Pele, meeting the Hawaiian god of the ocean/underworld, Kanaloa, as molten lava flows into the ocean on the Big Island of Hawai’i. The original is 18″h x 36″w on a cradled panel. Limited edition giclées on heavy archival rag paper and open edition matted mini-prints are available through my website at www.pationeal.com.

Here is a work of art that has been dubbed a “scainting”, since it is a cross between a painting and a sculpture. The medium is oil on canvas, five canvases mounted together. There were a few things that I was thinking about when I came up with this other than just painting a landscape scene of the Ko’olau Mountain Range as viewed from Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden in Kaneohe. I wanted to add to the textural feel and exemplify the peaks and valleys of the mountains.  The other thought I had was more of nostalgic 70s sense; as I was envisioning all this green, an image of an avocado green ranch style house with these rectangular window cutouts to see the view, came to mind. Anyway, this is the result. It is 37.5″ w x 28″h.

 

Ko'olau Vista - Pati O'Neal

A natural depiction of the golden mean. This painting is of a costus speciosus as it pops up from the understory to shine in the sunlight. It is a 30″ x 40″ oil on canvas painting and is available at Sunshine Arts in Kahalu’u.

Spiral Costus - Pati O'Neal

Another small painting. Just 12 x 16 and is oil on canvas. This one done in a looser style of brushwork showing striking datura flowers. These flowers are also known as Angel’s Trumpets and you can see why. They change colors as they mature and swing easily in a breeze. I haven’t seen many plants on Oahu, but they are plentiful on Maui. I will be painting another of daturas shortly as this little gem is already sold.

Maui Daturas - Pati O'Neal

Birds of Paradise - Pati O'Neal

This painting, Birds of Paradise, was done as a commission for a lovely couple from Alaska as a gift for their friend. It is a companion piece to one that I did last year, ‘Awapuhi ‘Ula’ula.

'Awapuhi 'Ula'ula - Pati O'Neal

Both paintings are 12″ w x 24″h, oil on canvas and framed in black with a thin gold leaf liner. For these tropical floral paintings, I often go out to various gardens and go hiking for inspiration and photographs. I was fortunate in being able to find both of these in my mother’s yard.

Kahana Bay Splendor - Pati O'Neal

One of my earliest memories is of going to the beach at Kahana Bay. Located on the east side or windward side of Oahu, this beach has sugary fine sand with gently lapping waves, a perfect choice for small children. The beach park has lots of shade from Ironwood and Hau trees making it also a great choice for picnicking and camping. There is a hiking trail across the road on the mountain side that leads into Kahana Valley. The view across the bay is the subject of this recent painting called Kahana Bay Splendor. It is 18″h x 36″w oil on canvas.

This is the fourth in a series of paintings that I have done of the campus at Punahou Schools. This is called “The Chapel and Pond”. It is 12″h x 16″w and is oil on canvas. Now that I have four of them, I might consider doing a set of note cards.

The Chapel and Pond - on the campus of Punahou Schools