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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”

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

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

Newest little painting that I just completed. It is of a de Havilland Tiger Moth bi-plane  viewed from under the wing of a Piper Cub above farm fields. Both planes are considered easy to fly and were used as trainers in their respective countries. This painting is oil on canvas and is 11″h 14″w.

Tiger Moth and Cub - Pati O'Neal

I just found out that I got two paintings into this year’s upcoming ASAA (American Society of Aviation Artists) Exhibit in the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL. The two entries are “Taylorcarft Heading Home” and “Afternoon Delights.” Both are 18″h x 24″w and are oil on canvas.

Taylorcraft Heading Home – Pati O’Neal

Afternoon Delights - 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