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I recently expanded my repertoire into resins and the choice is clear, ArtResin.Art Resin bottles

I am hooked…luckily we have it readily available here in Hawaii through Fiberglass Hawaii. Many years ago I worked with fiberglass and casting resins with the catalyst drops, mostly for craft or repair work and never considered using it for my art. My work with encaustics (a mixture of beeswax, dammar and pigments) allowed me to get a flow-y and layered look… and now I am able to achieve something similar and further my potential by not having to be so cautious about damaging previous layers and having an end product that is more durable. ArtResin allows me to use a variety of mediums and pigments and incorporate items such as gold leaf and coconut tree fiber, which is different from other resins I’ve used in the past.

I love the fact that it is a relatively clean medium to work with, “ArtResin is certified non-toxic (when used as directed) so it’s not bad for your health like other resins. No VOCs. No fumes. No solvents. No respirator needed. Non-flammable. Non-hazardous. Conforms to ASTM D4236 (Safe for Home Use)”.  It is also beautifully clear, “ArtResin is chemically engineered to offer the most efficient yellowing protection on the market. Its advanced stabilization additives provide superior clarity for long-term non-yellowing performance”. The 1 to 1 ratio is easy to work with and they have very handy coverage calculator on their website – The website also contains an abundance of information.

Resin paintings with levelPrepping is key before you measure and mix. You need to start with a level surface. It is still sticky and messy… here is a list of my essentials: lots of newspaper, plastic cups, stirrers, gloves, spreaders, tweezers, small butane torch, lighter, pigments or colorants, box or plastic bin that is larger than the work (necessary to keep out dust and other particles especially when you have a large dog like I do), 80 grit sandpaper to sand each previous layer after hardening for better adhesion when pouring another layer. I use cradled wooden panels that support the weight of multiple layers of resin, but stretched canvas is another option for small works, larger works on canvas will need to be supported, they will sag otherwise. Lots of masking tape to prep the panels and often more in between the different layers.

The actually mixing is easy: equal parts of both the resin and the hardener, stir for at least three minutes, I stir longer for bigger batches.

Blue Summer Fronds - Pati O'Neal

Blue Summer Fronds – Pati O’Neal

Separate out smaller amounts to mix with different pigments and powders. This part has and still is an experimental thing with me as I found that even different colors of the same medium type will change the viscosity and hardening time. (ArtResin does have its own line of pigments to help with the predictability.) The average time for work-ability is 45 minutes, which may seem like a long time, but when working with larger panels, it gets to be a challenge. After you spread/pour/manipulate the resin, use the torch to get rid of the bubbles, always moving quickly over the surface to create that glassy surface. Pick out any debris that might have fallen onto the surface and torch again if necessary. Then cover carefully. In about 12 hours it will be hardened but still a little tacky, in about 24 hours it will be mostly cured with final curing by 72 hours. Aside from the creative aspect and manipulation, working with ArtResin has been a breeze and I’m looking forward to more…

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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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When I got back to my little country shack in ole Hale’iwa, I received some good news. I had previously entered five pieces into Art America Awards online and found out that I received awards for three of my paintings, one first place and two second place. Here is the first write-up…


September 16, 2013

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Highlight Hollywood reveals the winners of the 2013 American Art Awards  FLORAL – REALISM CATEGORY. American Art Awards president Thom Bierdz, recognized  globally for playing Phillip Chancellor III on The Young & The Restless  since 1986 and himself a painter in many genres, reported to us today  the highest scored floral artisans. 25 prestigious American galleries  vote on all work submitted to, the  contest. This year there were winning artist from 18 countries. First Place  of Floral goes to Hawaiian native Pati O’Neal.



1ST PLACE       PATI O’NEAL   “Spiral  Costus”
2ND PLACE     MEAGAN  WU    “Floral Pattern”
3RD  PLACE     CARL GETHMANN    “An  Arrangement”
4TH PLACE      HYAE  JIN SOH    “Hope & Love”
4TH  PLACE     EUGENE RODRIGUEZ     “Welcome  To The 21st Century”
5TH PLACE      BARBARA  STRAND    “Hawaiian Flowers 1″
5TH  PLACE     DEAN LOUCKS    “Copper  Flowers”
6TH PLACE      M.  CLARK    “Quick Sketch In Fiji”

For my second place award in the “Realism Landscape” category, I have to say that I am still pretty stoked since I found out that the first place image is done with digital photography and graphics programs and mine is done with old-fashioned oil on canvas. Here is the write up from the Highlight Hollywood site:

Carl Gethmann, Pati O’Neal, Lorna Allan, Dean Loucks, Seshadri Sreenivasan And A. S. Helwig Score Big In Realism Art – Thom Bierdz Reports To Highlight Hollywood News

September 25, 2013


Thom Bierdz, president  of the online art competition judged by  25 of the best American galleries,, today  announced to Highlight Hollywood the international winners of the 2013  American Art Awards category of Realism/Landscape. These artisans take top  prizes:


 1ST PLACE     CARL  GETHMANN   “Dreaming Of Winter”
2ND PLACE    PATI O’NEAL  “Kailua Beach Park  Morning”
3RD PLACE     LORNA  ALLAN    ”This Eternal Land”
4TH  PLACE    DEAN LOUCKS  “Philly Red Door”
5TH  PLACE    A S HELWIG   “Sun Charged At Nose  Hill”
6TH PLACE     LORNA ALLAN   “Sublime Solitude”
6TH PLACE     LORNA  ALLAN  “Homage To The Hinterland”

And now for my other second place award in the “Self Portrait” category…….

Soojee Baek, Pati O’Neal, Ji Woo Park, Katarzyna Jablonska, Ting Na Wang And Youxin Yang Win Best Self-Portraits, 2013 – Thom Bierdz, President Of American Art Awards, Reports To Highlight Hollywood

September 28, 2013

HHAAAZZZDozens of the  most established American galleries have voted six artists winners in the 2013  American Art Awards category of Self-Portrait. Thom Bierdz, AAA president since  2008, shares exclusively to Highlight Hollywood, “American galleries voted on  all work submitted to, but the  contest is open to artists in all countries. We had winners from 18 countries in  52 categories. 1ST PLACE in Self-Portrait goes to Soojee Baek for her 42×70″  acrylic, “Captivity”.”


2ND PLACE  PATI O’NEAL “Contemplation”
5TH PLACE  TING NA  WANG “Self Portrait (You Are What You See)”
6TH PLACE  YOUXIN  YANG  “Self-Portrait Thinking”

At the beginning of September, I went on a wonderful trip to Indonesia. I spent some time relaxing, beach-combing and gathering more material for my artwork. I actually took over 5000 photos! It took a while to cull it done to a more reasonable number and here a some of the images below…..

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Balangan Sunset

Bali Rice Fields

Bali Rice Fields

Bali temple pond

Bali Temple Pond

Morning in Downtown Kuta on Lombok

Morning in Downtown Kuta on Lombok

Market on Lombok

Market on Lombok




When I got back to Hawaii, I had some wonderful news.  I was featured as a cover story in a local newspaper while I was gone. Here is the article below:

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Haleiwa Artist In National Exhibit

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Who says it’s hard to get noticed in Hawaii?

Pati O’Neal, a Haleiwa resident, is one of 27 artists from around the world to have their work selected for the American Society of Aviation Artist 2013 International Aerospace Art Exhibition at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport Terminal Gallery.

The juried exhibition opened last month and runs through Sept. 23. O’Neal said the exhibit is an important step in publicizing her art outside of Hawaii.

“It’s really great exposure for aviation art,” said the sculptor and ceramics artist who began painting just six years ago. “Hawaii is so far removed from aviation art. About the only way for me to get exposure for my aviation art is to be involved with a national group like that and have a national exhibit. Getting exposure with this group as opposed to a smaller group is that some of the biggest names in aviation art are part of the association.”

O’Neal was recognized for her painting, “Coconut Clipper,” which won the Four Feathers Plaque du Beaque award and the was the first-place award winner in the Aviation Week & Space Technology Commercial Aviation category. The painting stands out because of its use of coconut fibers, which add texture to the piece.

“Using that as a surface adds texture, and it created a nostalgic feel of the Pan Am clippers,” said O’Neal describing the piece.

The other painting, “Gone West,” depicts a Red Tail P-51C Tuskegee airmen sitting on the ramp facing west into the setting sun in tribute to all those who have gone west – a past euphemism for death when wounded or dead Allied soldiers were often sent west on their way home.

“I was very happy with these (being chosen). The coconut fiber one because it captured that old-time feel, and in the other painting I wanted to capture the light. So I was really happy with these two.”

In July, I traveled to Wisconsin and dropped off a small commission painting at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh.  The painting was “Tropical Clipper”, done on actual coconut tree fiber (guinit).

Tropical Clipper - Pati O'Neal Acrylic on mounted coconut tree fiber

Tropical Clipper – Pati O’Neal
Acrylic on mounted coconut tree fiber

During the air show, I did a live interview on EAA Radio which was simultaneously shown on Jumbotron screens set up on the grounds. Talk about nerve-racking….

I also met up with a couple of other Women Aviation Artists and here is the blog I wrote on the WAA website to finsh this post:


WAA members at EAA AirVenture 2013 Oshkosh

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July 29 – August 4, 2013  were the dates for this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, also known as “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration”. In attendance among the more than 500,000 attendees this year were WAA members Kristin Hill, Michelle Rouch and Pati O’Neal.  The three artists were involved in very different ways.

For Kristin Hill, it was her 36th year of exhibiting at the show.  She had a booth in Exhibit Hangar A, where she displayed examples of her work in the form of originals and reproductions as well as digital displays of some of her other works. Also at her booth this year as a guest was SR-71 pilot and author Terry Pappas.

Kristin at EAA

Kristin Hill and her works on display at her booth at EAA AirVenture 2013

Michelle Rouch was hosted this year by Ford to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Henry Ford’s birth. She and her works were on display at the Lincoln Lounge area of Ford’s exhibition tent. While on-site in the exhibit area, visitors were able to watch her work on one of her oil paintings.


Michelle at the Ford-Lincoln Exhibit

Michelle Rouch at her exhibit in the Ford/Lincoln Exhibition Tent. On the far right is the painting that she worked on as visitors watched.

Pati O’Neal has been attending EAA’s convention since 1994 and has volunteered in different capacities.  Part of her time this year was spent assisting the Texas Flying Legends Museum honor WWII veterans. She also had prints of her “Tuskegee Tales” for sale at the CAF’s RedTail Project exhibit.

Pati at EAA with TFLMs TBM Avenger smaller

Yes, it’s been a while again since I blogged, but I am getting better about it……and while I am still on the subject of my aviation art, I will try to recap.

This year’s ASAA’s International Aerospace Art Exhibition was held at BWI – Thurgood Marshall International Airport in Baltimore, Maryland. I was unable to attend the ASAA Forum and Banquet this year and am sure I missed out on a lot of information and good times. The juried works were exhibited from June 23, 2013 – September 22, 2013.  I was once again fortunate enough to have both of my entries accepted into the show, with one of my paintings winning two awards! “Gone West” is an 18″ x 24″ oil on canvas, and the other is “Coconut Clipper”, also an 18″ x 24″ painting.

Here is the press release:ASAA 2013 ARTIST press release_Page_1 ASAA 2013 ARTIST press release_Page_2

As I wrote earlier, I will try to recap what has been happening with my aviation art during the last two years…..Actually the last time I wrote about my aviation art was February of 2011, when I received notification that two of my paintings were accepted iPati with THH original in Pensacola view 3nto the 2011 ASAA International Aerospace Art Exhibition. That show was held at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida, where paintings were displayed on two levels in their lobby area. My painting Afternoon Delights won the 2nd place award in Aviation Week and Space Technology’s General Aviation category. The image on the left shows me with Taylorcraft Heading Home.

Pati with Charles McGee and James Warren

With Lt. Col. James C. Warren on the left, and Col. Charles E. McGee on the right

Also in 2011, I went to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin where I assisted at the CAF’s RedTail Project/Squadron Traveling Exhibit. The RedTail Squadron’s mission is to share the inspiring legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first African-American military pilots and their support crews. There were matted prints of my painting Tuskegee Tales for sale at the booth. While there, I met a couple of very special gentlemen, Lt. Col. James C. Warren and Col. Charles E. McGee and was able to spend some time talking to them while they took in the airshow from the shade.

In June of 2012, I had a painting accepted into the 2012 ASAA International Aerospace Art Exhibition at the AirZoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Swat Valley Aid is my first helicopter painting and is based off of a photograph taken by my nephew Matt Wesenberg who was a CH-46 pilot at the time. At the same time, just 30 minutes away in Battle Creek, Afternoon Delights was a part of the 25 year ASAA Retrospective Show. To top off this whirlwind trip, I got to fly in a variety of different aircraft, took in two smaller airshows in Wisconsin. I also toured the Golden Wings Flying Museum, where I met Greg Herrick and presented him with Stinson Sunrise, a painting of his Stinson Tri-motor amidst a dramatic morning, which now hangs on his office wall.

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Stinson Sunrise – Pati O’Neal
18″ x 24″ – Oil on canvas

Which leads us into 2013.

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 –, 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….