Well this is a bit last minute, but just in case you’re on the hunt for the perfect art piece and are in the area, here’s a great sale you may not want to miss…
Mauna Kea Galleries
35% Sale Ends September 30, 2013
Come into Mauna Kea Galleries this week for our final sale! This is the first sale in our 30+ years of selling Hawaiiana Artwork, Antiques, and Artifacts.

This is your last opportunity to get the best prices at the largest Hawaiiana destination in the world!

Let us know you received this e-mail and receive a free Limited Edition Merrie Monarch Poster with your purchases (A collaboration with the Arning Project of the Hawaii Historical Society, $40 Value).

We have lost our lease here at the Historic McCully Chop Sui and will be sending out a notification as soon as we begin relocating. In the meantime please follow us on Facebook and Bookmark our website!

Mauna Kea Galleries
2005 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96826
Tuesday – Saturday : 11am – 5pm



I am trying to find out about a Kamuela artist. I have a painting of the Mauna Kea Beach area, that is signed D. Ackerman and is dated 1966 with a Kamuela box address on the back. https://picasaweb.google.com/davidfallucco/Ackerman

Pa’u Riders Of Old Hawai’i by Herb Kane

The new HawaiiArt.com is up and fully operational!  We will be in stealth mode until launch day but the only thing left to do is fill the site with beautiful artwork.  I hope to finish stocking the site by September 15th and expect to go live October 1st.  There are so many amazing features but lets get started with a big one right away.


“Morning Glory” by Patrick Ching

Most people walk through the world not noticing the subtle changes in the sky. Artists are a bit more observant than the average person. Hang around Patrick Ching and you’ll see the sky from a whole new view.

Most artists will notice that the sky is lighter down below and gets darker as you go higher. There is another difference that even most artists don’t notice: The sky is not only darker up high but also redder as well. The sky seems quite purplish as it gets higher… (blue with red makes purple).

Here’s the surprise:  The sky is not just lighter toward the horizon but greener as well. Adding a touch of certain greens to the lower sky will enhance its contrast from the upper sky. Hence, the sky will not only contrast from light to dark, but from green to red as well. Green and red are the opposites or complements of each other. The viewer won’t even know Why your sky looks so good, but they will notice that it does!

Official Commemorative Painting for 2010 Merrie Monarch International Hula Festival by Rod Cameron • Oil on Belgium linen • 26 x 38" ( 66.5 x 97cm ) Contact art@hawaiiart.com to inquire about this painting.

By Rod Cameron

In painting much is said about light.  To wit “light is everything.”  I’d say with no pretense of being succinct, that understanding the light source, the shapes of the lights & shadows and the color temperatures of the main illumination is the best beginning for a painting.  And for the figure this is perhaps especially so!

For the painting, “Dancer for the Merrie Monarch”,  we were not standing on molten rocks,  but I wanted a strong, low light source as if from a bright heat on the ground.  To get the effect I placed a large theater lamp on the floor of the stage to the left of the model.  The stage is about three feet higher than where I was standing,  so we’re looking up towards her.  The lamp is approximately 1100w) with a photo quality, full spectrum gel.  This emits a warm light and casts cooler shadows.  Light coming up at the figure adds some mystery.  It’s interesting, because generally the light source is from above.  Use a low light source with care to avoid the “monster lighting” effect.

What would light be without shadows?  Placing the shadows correctly is the best way to bring out the lights and all the fun, brightly colored areas.

Try some of these suggestions when establishing shadows in your painting. Keep the shadows simple and unify their shapes.  Try to keep them in large areas, grouped together rather than splotchy parts through out the figure.  Watch for these four types of shadows:  main, core, reflected light and cast.  Note the edges of your shadow shapes.  Are they soft, lost, hard or semi hard?  Use the shadow to help display the movement and direction of your model.

Always look for interesting areas of shadows, but use them only to convey the over-all essence of what you are doing.  As an example, there were interesting leaf shadows on the hula dancer’s left arm, which I simplified and used  to help describe the volume of the muscle with it’s up-lifting direction.  Under her left foot which was raised, there is a gap before the cast shadow starts and fades into the distance.  This shadow indicates stepping or the movement of the dance.

All of this shadow work in a painting is really setting the stage for the light.  Try to find the brightest area hitting the model.  Know where it is, but fill it in towards the end.  Look for your lights to be middle, light and highlight.  Highlights are best put in at the last.  Build up your values in both the light and the shadowed areas progressively together starting with the darks.  I often like to use thicker paint in the lights.

Finally, conveying movement with both lights and shadows will unify all the areas of the painting. Your paintings will have the light and movement that can bring your figures to life.

Our customer “June” was wondering where she could find original works of art by artists who show their work on HawaiiArt.com when she visits the Islands on vacation.   This presents a great opportunity for our artists to acknowledge the galleries that they think are best for visitors.  The criteria for rating should be based on customer experience, fairness to the artist, and the availability of your work at the location.  Hopefully we can create a comprehensive list that serves our artists and the galleries that support them. Artists, please limit your lists to your top three galleries and feel free to post comments on each one as to why they made your best art gallery in Hawaii list.

In an early morning painting on the famous Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic, the shadows are made up of warm colors. Artist, Rod Cameron, offers this insight into the color temperature that he used in the painting, and gives artists a good rule of thumb when selecting colors for shadows.

At sunrise and sunset, the color of the light is changing very quickly. For even very ambitious plein air painters who manage to set up their easels at the crack of dawn, it’s nearly impossible to finish the painting and capture the lighting effects on the landscape before it changes. And it’s hard to remember exactly how it looked when you got the inspiration for your creation.

Rod Cameron, travels with other artists all the way from his home on the Big Island in Hawaii to central Europe and the Czech and Slovak Republics, to paint in Prague. Knowing how to handle the shadows in certain colored light can be very helpful when painting en plein air, and the time and the light is moving too fast.

Rod Cameron tells his students, “The magical light of Prague this early in the morning had a cool predominate cast, which brings the shadows to the warmer hues of the palate. Cool light equals warm shadows, or warm light gives cool shadows. This is the general rule.”

Even experienced plein air painting artists can benefit from this little reminder, especially when it’s early, and you’re in the moment. You want to capture the look and feel of cool, early morning, before the sun is up, and a few good rules of thumb can help take the guesswork out!

“The incredible buildings of the city create an interesting sky line across the horizon and I used the tall statue on the left, which had a natural gaze into the scene and the focal points of the painting,” said Rod Cameron while describing his painting titled, Charles Bridge. This Rod Cameron painting of the Charles bridge in Prague can be found on the web.

Go ahead! Travel halfway around the world. Get up at the crack of dawn, and capture in your paintings the beautiful places that you travel to with confidence! The light may be changing too quickly, but the architecture, skylines and statues aren’t. Create great value and color harmony with complimentary colors, then nudge the color in the shadows either warm or cool.  Notice that it gives your shadows a “real presence”.

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