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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…

PATI O’NEAL, MEAGAN WU, CARL GETHMANN, HYAE JIN SOH, EUGENE RODRIGUEZ, BARBARA STRAND, DEAN LOUCKS AND M. CLARK WIN FLORAL REALISM – Thom Bierdz, President Of American Art Awards, Reports To Highlight Hollywood

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 www.AmericanArtAwards.com, the  contest. This year there were winning artist from 18 countries. First Place  of Floral goes to Hawaiian native Pati O’Neal.

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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

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

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 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     SESHADRI  SREENIVASAN    “In The Woods”
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 www.AmericanArtAwards.com, 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”.”

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1 ST PLACE  SOOJEE BAEK “Captivity”
2ND PLACE  PATI O’NEAL “Contemplation”
3RD PLACE  JI WOO PARK “Who Am I?”
4TH PLACE  KATARZYNA JABLONSKA “The Morning”
5TH PLACE  TING NA  WANG “Self Portrait (You Are What You See)”
6TH PLACE  YOUXIN  YANG  “Self-Portrait Thinking”

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.

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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.

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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.

The title of this piece is Hawaiian and translates to “crazy nehu”. Nehu is the type of tidal pool fish in the painting. This work is another of my “scaintings”, a sculptural painting. I wanted to capture the liveliness and undulation that goes on in the tidal pools here in Hawai’i. It is oil on canvases mounted together, 23.5″ x 35.5″. It was included in the Windward Artist Guild’s 2010 juried show.

Nehu Pupule - Pati O'Neal

World famous Kailua landmark, Kalapawai Market, at the entrance to Kailua Beach Park is depicted in this painting. It has been around since 1932.  The original painting has been sold and is brightening up a breakfast nook on the East Coast, but it is still one of my favorites. It brings back memories of my childhood when we used to stop there often on our way to and from Lanikai. Today, I still stop in for their great coffee in the morning and their delicious sandwiches.

Kalapawai Afternoon - Pati O'Neal

Here is my newest oil painting.  “Kailua Beach Park Morning” is 24″ high and 36″ wide. This painting depicts the scene of Pu’u Konahuanui reflected in the calm waters of Kaelepulu Stream as it dissects world-famous Kailua Beach park on a clear October morning.