Saturday, February 27, 2010

All is well in Hawaii - Not so for Chile

I'm happy to have heard from our Hawaii artist friends that the expected tsunami was a non-event for Hawaii and everyone is okay.  That's wonderful!

So our thoughts return to the people of Chile, who are suffering their tragedy.  Fortunately, it sounds like they are better prepared than Haiti was - more developed country, better structures, stable government, etc.

Having lived in San Francisco many years ago, I'm willing to bet this is all on their minds, since they are part of the "Ring of Fire" - that circle of quake faults in the Pacific that is so unstable.

What a winter we are having all across the world ...

Waiting and Worrying ...

Having just finished our wonderful I'd Rather be in Hawaii week, today we hear that the people of Hawaii are possibly in danger from a tsunami, the result of the earthquake in Chile.  I'm thinking about and saying a prayer for those great artists we met: Marionette, Dava, Schar and Lisa, that they are not in harm's way.

Friday, February 26, 2010

WE HAVE TWO WINNERS - LISA BONGZEE'S GIVEAWAY!!

Today is the final day of our I'd Rather Be in Hawaii giveaways. Lisa Bongzee is generously offering the winner's choice from three of her beautiful prints.  Take a look at the choices here: http://feliciakramer.blogspot.com/2010/02/id-rather-be-in-hawaii-with-lisa.html

Before I announce the final winners, I would like to say MAHALO once more to all four of these fantastic artists for being willing to share their talents and their lives in Paradise with all of us, and for being so much fun to work with for the I'd Rather be in Hawaii Week activities.  Quite frankly, I had a ball!  And now, our final winners.

The winner of a print from Lisa is:

Elsie!



The winner of the bookmarks/magnets from me is:

CathyH!


Congratulations to you both! I will contact you with instructions.  Aloha, everyone!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

WE HAVE TWO WINNERS - SCHAR FREEMAN'S GIVEAWAY!

Here's our two winners for Schar Freeman's giveaway from our I'd Rather Be in Hawaii week. Schar has offered that gorgeous set of her art magnets.

First, the winner for Schar's magnets is:

JESSIJEWELS!

The second winner, for a set of I'd Rather Be in Hawaii bookmarks and magnets from me is:

MARCI!


Congratulations to both of you!! I will contact you with instructions. 

Well, we are one day away from the end of our Hawaiian celebrations.  If you haven't yet entered a comment for Lisa BongZee's giveaway tomorrow, you must do so before noon tomorrow (Friday).  See the link to her interview in the right column.



Wednesday, February 24, 2010

WE HAVE TWO WINNERS - DAVA SHEPHERD'S GIVEAWAY!

Here are the winners for Dava Shepherd's giveaway.

The winner of her choice from three of Dava's prints is:

ClayItAgain / 12MidnightOils!


I think I know which print Cindi is going to pick!

The second winner for a selection of I'd Rather Be in Hawaii bookmarks/magnets from me is:

Rose!


I'll be in touch with both of you with instructions. 

I wish everybody could win something but alas ... it's not to be. BUT ... you have two more days and two more chances if you haven't commented yet for Schar and Lisa.  See the list on the upper right of my blog to get to those posts.

Ready for my Closeup Framed Collage

just listed this newest work - a framed collage. This is another in my occasional series of artwork with a 20-word poem, and I prepare an ACEO with the image and the poem that buyers will receive with their purchase.  This is the first one that is a one of a kind framed collage.

Ready for my Closeup

8 x 10-in. (20.32x25.4 cm)

This wistful image shows a star ready for her closeup but not very happy about it. She seems world-weary as she gazes at someone behind the camera. Her director AND her lover, perhaps?

He controls my every move,
every appearance, every film.
Does he know who I really am?
Ready for my closeup …





 One of the reasons I majored in printmaking in college was because I figured I could have my cake and eat it too. I wouldn't have to go through separation anxiety every time I sold something that I really liked.  I like this one very much and I probably will hate to send it away.  Do you get attached to your artwork this way?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

WE HAVE TWO WINNERS - MARIONETTE'S GIVEAWAY!!

Our first two I'd Rather Be in Hawaii winners have been chosen by Random Number Generator. The first prize is Marionette's print of her watercolor painting, Kalalao. The second winner receives a selection of bookmarks and magnets from me. 

First, the winner of Marionette's painting:

LIANE!


The second winner of the bookmarks/magnets is:

MELANIE!!



Congratulations to you both!  You'll be receiving an email from me with instructions.

Mahalo to all who entered.  Tomorrow, we will select a winner for Dava Shepherd's print, and a second winner for the bookmarks/magnets.  If you haven't entered comments for Dava or Schar or Lisa BongZee, do it now!  See you tomorrow.

Monday, February 22, 2010

I'd Rather be in Hawaii Giveaway Week!

Ok, now all this week we start giving away all that wonderful artwork (and my little bookmarks/magnets). 

You have just about 24 hours from now to enter a comment for the first drawing with Marionette:
http://feliciakramer.blogspot.com/2010/02/id-rather-be-in-hawaii-with-marionette.html
I'll pick the winners sometime after noon on Tuesday.

I'm still basking in the virtual sunshine of Hawaii. But one of the downsides of the busy weeks is that my Etsy shop has been woefully neglected.  My current project, then, is to re-evaluate everything in my shop to see what makes the cut or if I should send some items to eternal rest! I also have some new work to post, and I'm busy in the studio creating more.  I really must jump-start some sales because I'm spending way more than I'm taking in.  The IRS won't be treating me kindly for too much longer ....

How about your shop? Do you keep holding on to your old listings or do you evaluate and send some items to the grave?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Funny stuff




I'm willing to bet that every artist struggles with allocating time not only for doing their art and promoting it but for all their personal responsibilities, like eating.  I used to enjoy cooking and baking but nowadays if I can't get a meal on the table in 10 minutes it's out. And I don't even have a family to take care of. Those of you who do, bless you!

P.S. How do you like my new banner? I've been trying to come up with a consistent look for all my banners and avatars. So I thought of using my favorite little antique lamp - get it? Another BRIGHT idea?  I may adjust the sizing a little, but I think I like it. Do you? 

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Back Home from Hawaii

Wow, what a whirlwind trip! The "I’d Rather be in Hawaii!" week is over and we’re back home, our visits with the artists complete. This week has been so much fun - I hope you enjoyed meeting these artists and seeing their work as much as I did.

But your chances to win are still ongoing, so if you haven’t entered your comments for some or all of the artists, here’s the schedule:


Next Tuesday, 2/23: Marionette, kauaiartist
Comments accepted until noon; winners announced by 5 p.m. 


Wednesday, 2/24: Dava Shepherd, treasuresfromhawaii
Comments accepted until noon; winners announced by 5 p.m.


Thursday, 2/25: Schar Freeman, scharart
Comments accepted until noon; winners announced by 5 p.m.

Friday 2/26: LisaBonzee, lisabongzee’s island dream life
Comments accepted until noon; winners announced by 5 p.m.


These artists have offered such fantastic giveaways, and I’m grateful to them for their generosity and for being so much fun to work with during this great week. Mahalo nui loa (Thank you very much)!

And to all of you who have commented, good luck next week – see you in the winner’s circle!

Friday, February 19, 2010

I'D RATHER BE IN HAWAII ... WITH LISA BONGZEE


Today is our final interview of our I’d Rather Be in Hawaii week. Before we pack our virtual bags, let’s just take one more day to bask in the Hawaiian sun and visit with Lisabongzee. Her paintings of that peaceful paradise just pull you in and transport you to that sandy beach under the palm trees.

FK: Aloha Kakahiaka, Lisa. What’s your morning “cuppa?"

Definitely coffee!! My favorite flavor is Kona Coconut.

FK: It’s coffee for me too. Tell me about your Etsy shop and other sites …

My Etsy shop is: Lisabongzee’s Island Dream Life ~ Tropical Paradise Paintings  http://www.etsy.com/shop/lisabongzee
My blog is: “Island Dream Life”  http://islanddreamlife.blogspot.com/
My Website: http://www.bongzee.com/

I live in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. Oahu is known as “The Gathering Place” and is the most populated of all the Hawaiian Islands. I would love to maybe one day move to Maui.


FK: Did you grow up in Hawaii?

I was born in California, and with my Dad being in the Air Force, we moved around the United States every few years. California to Fort Walton Beach, Florida; back to San Diego, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Prattville, Alabama (yikes!) and then back to San Diego, all before I was 14 years old.

The summer before my sophomore year in high school, my family took a vacation to Hawaii. I instantly fell in love with the place as soon as I stepped off the plane. The air smelled like tropical Plumeria flowers and the touristy Hawaiian music really left an impression on me. It was the only vacation we ever took that I actually cried when we had to go back home!

Then, by a stroke of luck, the very next summer, my Dad was transferred to Hickam AFB in Honolulu, HAWAII! We were going back for good! A few years later, he retired here, and I like to say that is how I got “stuck” in Hawaii! I don’t think I could ever live anywhere else.



FK: Wow, lucky for you that you got stuck there! Talk to me about your etsy shop. How long have you had your shop?

I have had my Etsy shop for a little over a year now. I think one of the neatest things about Etsy is all the wonderful people I have “met”. Especially other artists whose work always inspires me to keep on painting!

FK: Your work is of course very reflective of Hawaii. With so many beautiful sites to choose from, what are your favorite subjects?

I love the gorgeous Koolau Mountains on Oahu’s east side. The deep ridges carved out by years of erosion are just awesome. I also, of course, LOVE to paint palm trees and the beautiful aqua~turquoisy Hawaiian waters.


But I would have to say, my favorite subjects are the ones I think up in my head. I often paint with just a vision, no photo. A made-up place that I would like to think exists somewhere. Tiki huts and little Polynesian people busy with their daily “Island Life” are some of my favorites, and I think they reflect my quirky personality the most of all my paintings.



FK: There’s quite a few painters on Etsy from Hawaii. What do you think sets your work apart? I know it’s like asking which child a mother likes best, but what are your own personal favorites from your work, and why?

I paint what I love, and I try to put my best into every piece. I hope that feeling shines through in my work. My favorite painting so far would easily be Tutu’s Secret Fishing Spot. This piece took many months of off and on again painting, and I had to be in just the right mood to work on it. I was very happy with how it turned out, and whenever I look at it, it just gives me a very peaceful, calm, laid-back “no worries” feeling!

Tutu’s Secret Fishing Spot (not for sale)

FK: I can see how it would make you feel that way – it does have a very peaceful feeling. How many different media do you work in and how long have you been an artist?

My favorites are oils. I like to paint with a brush for more detailed paintings, but also enjoy the palette knife. The loose strokes and free feel of a palette knife painting seem to give it a lot of personality.

I have been painting all my life. I did go to art school in Hawaii after high school, but am mostly self-taught. I have also been lucky enough to have some of Hawaii’s well known artists show me quite a bit about how they paint. Hawaii has some of the nicest people and they are always willing to share what they know with you. The “Aloha Spirit” in the art community here is really special.

FK: That's wonderful! But I'm sure you still need a break from creating once in awhile  – somewhere you go to rest, refresh, meditate - your quiet place ...

There are several spots that I like to go to get away. In Hawaii, it’s not too hard to find a beautiful quiet spot to just relax and think. But one of my favorites would be my secret hammock in my garden. It is a lush, tropical hideaway next to a small pond with a waterfall and there are always tons of little birds that keep me entertained when I am out there. I have my Hawaiian music playing softly, a cool iced tea and a good book (I am a nut for “Old Tahiti” non-fiction). This, to me, is Paradise!


FK: That is just delicious - a little hideaway. I love it! 
What part of being an artist is the most gratifying to you? And what’s the hardest?

The most gratifying part of being an artist, for me, is finishing a painting that turns out even better than I had imagined. That is what makes it all worthwhile. Of course, having others tell you that your work is awesome is a wonderful feeling too.

One of the hardest parts is believing that I have a gift that not everyone may have. To me, it seems that anyone should be able to paint if they really want to. When people tell me that I have artistic talent, it is sometimes hard for me to accept.


FK: I think we all have our moments of self-doubt.  Lisa, what keeps you busy when you’re not being an artist?

One of my favorite activities is snowboarding (kind of a crazy hobby to have, living in Hawaii. I don’t get to do it as often as I’d like). I also love surfing, hiking, backpacking and camping, kayaking, rollerblading, and mountain biking ~~ almost anything outdoors. I love nature. I would one day like to learn to kite surf also.

FK: Wow – you ARE a serious outdoors woman!
If I were to visit Hawaii, what is the one place or thing that I should absolutely not miss seeing? And what’s your favorite Hawaiian saying?

Well, I could give you a list of touristy things to see or do on the island of Oahu, but something that still amazes me, even after 25 years of living here, is driving around the bend at Makapu’u. Coming from the Sandy Beach side, as you round the corner, the Koolau cliffs pop into view, and the gorgeous Pacific Ocean with several small islands is just breathtaking. Palm tree lined Makapu’u Beach is postcard perfect, and as you head a little further north, you can see the beautiful Mokulua Islands of Lanikai. I have driven this road thousands of times, and am still amazed at the beautiful scenery every time!


My favorite Hawaiian saying? Well, that’s a hard one, there are several. But one that I find kinda fun is:

Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana. (Pronounced “Ha-eena E-ah My Ah-nah Kah-poo-ah-nah”)
I absolutely HAVE to listen to Hawaiian and Tahitian music when I paint. I love it. And the more vintage it is, the better. I noticed a recurring phrase throughout probably 75% of the Hawaiian songs. It was “Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana." I knew that it had to mean something significant, or why would everyone be singing it? My sister-in-law sings Hawaiian and knows some of the translations, so I asked her what the phrase meant. She said it is similar to saying “Here is my story”… or “Let the story be told.” Now it made sense, as many Hawaiian songs are actually stories of days gone by.

Some of my favorite Hawaiian and Tahitian musicians are Sam Ku West, Paradise Islanders, The Maile Serenaders, Henriette Winkler, The Kahauanu Lake Trio, and Auntie Genoa. I also love all Hawaiian Slack Key and Steel Guitar. I really don’t think I could paint without them!!

Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana.  Try and listen for it the next time you hear an Island song.

FK: Thank you for that lovely story, Lisa!   Tell us about your giveaway.

For my giveaway, I would like to offer an 8x10 print of one of my original paintings. The winner may choose either Palm At Kualoa, Good Morning Kaneohe, or Tropical Palm Tree Sunset.






Tropical Palm Tree Sunset


FK: Lisa, thank you so much for letting us visit with you - it has been a lovely treat!

Here’s how to enter:

I will use random number generator to pick a winner of the giveaway from all comments posted here between now and a week from today at noon.

I will also pick a second winner to receive a selection of “I’d rather be in Hawaii” bookmarks and/or magnets from me.

You have several opportunities to enter your comments:

1. Enter a comment about your favorite piece of art by the artist.
2. Enter a comment if you signed up to follow her blog (or comment that you already follow)
3. (Note: Lisa is not on Facebook or Twitter)
4. Enter a comment that you signed up to follow MY blog (or comment that you already follow)
5. Enter a comment that you signed up to become MY Facebook fan (or comment that you already follow)

(And – please – if you say you signed up, be sure that you DID sign up!)

You will need to comment each day if you want to be entered into that day’s drawing.
NOTE: The week's giveaways are posted on the right-hand side of my blog under "current contests and giveaways."

Mahalo and good luck!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I'D RATHER BE IN HAWAII ... WITH SCHAR FREEMAN

It’s Day Four of our I’d rather be in Hawaii week. Today we’re in the studio with Schar Freeman, of scharart. Schar has some unique approaches to her art and an acute sensitivity to the power of women and the Hawaiian culture.  And it makes her a very interesting artist indeed!

FK: Aloha Kakahiaka, Schar. What’s your morning “cuppa?”

I love my morning fresh ground, drip style cuppa coffee.

FK: That makes two of us! I’ll pour the coffee while you tell me about your etsy shops and other sites.

My etsy sites: http://www.scharart.etsy.com/ and http://www.ainakauai.etsy.com/
My web art gallery: http://www.scharcbear.8k.com/
My blog: http://www.scharart.blogspot.com/
My Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Schar-Freeman-aka-scharCbear/47050502794?ref=ts
My web marketplace:  http://schar-freeman.fineartamerica.com/

I also have artwork on exhibit in the Banana Patch Studio and Gallery in Hanapepe, Kauai.


I live on the beautiful Garden Island of Kauai and work and live in the artist colony of Hanapepe.

FK: You’re not from Hawaii originally. How did you come to live on Kauai?

I came to Kauai after raising two sons and two husbands - LOL! - directly migrating from the Pacific Northwest in 2000. I had dreamed of living here ever since I could remember. My great-aunt often shared her visits to this island with me while I was growing up. She started visiting here in the early 30's as her father, my great-grandfather, had landed on Kauai after leaving Spain in the late 1800's.

I first visited the islands in the early 70's and fell deeply in love with the culture and the people of these islands but mostly loved the lifestyle and complete aloha of the island of Kauai. The land and her people are such an inspiration for my work. I hadn't tackled painting the ocean or landscapes until my arrival here. This island commands this of me now.


FK: I'm glad you did - that painting is gorgeous! When did you open your Etsy shop(s)?

I launched my shop June of 2008.

FK: Your work is so very reflective of true Hawaiian culture. What are your favorite subjects?

Some of my favorite subjects are cultural activities like Hula, prayer and the strength of women. My own American Native Wintu Nation and the Hawaiian cultures are based around the role and strength of the woman.

FK: There’s quite a few painters on Etsy from Hawaii, but you seem to have a uniquely personal approach to developing your artwork. Tell us about it.

Most of my paintings first develop during a dream. I will see images of symbols that relate to things I am sorting out or experiencing in my waking life. I have vision in only one eye since the age of eight and this means I have no depth perception. So I have learned that with color and the different values of color I can create a sense of dimension.

In Pueo Dream Transition there is a portrait (some ask if it is a self portrait) of a woman with silver hair gently blowing, standing strong with her face turned to the full moon, raising her hand that holds flowers … and with the pure magic of the combination of the sea, moon and earth and her intention, these flowers turn into pictographs that depict the symbols of life force, ocean and the earth.

This painting came about after a long illness of a dear friend and partner. He was close to death and I needed to find my way into strength to let him go. One morning during my walk along the ocean an owl came out of the brush along the roadside, not 15 feet from me. She looked at me and then landed just a bit away ... looking at me the entire time. My native ways taught me many times that when an owl looks you in the eyes it is the message either of death or of a major transition. Indeed this was my special message and I immediately went to the studio and painted the owl into this painting.

After his survival of a serious illness, my partner and I went our separate ways. I had learned to let him go and became stronger for realizing that this was my message from the owl.

FK: That’s a very touching and beautiful story! How many  media do you work in and how long have you been painting?

I work with oils, acrylics, watercolor and pastels. I love them all for the challenge each one offers. I have been painting since the age of 12 when I was a student with a fantastic artist who was a friend of my family. He taught me how to see! I continued my study with many artists and went to college with art as my major. I then was a "ghost painter" for a popular artist who painted and sold in the Caribbean for over five years. It was with him that I learned how to keep producing and marketing art.


FK: Where’s your “quiet place” when you need a break from creating – somewhere you go to rest, refresh, meditate?

My quiet place is at the beach at sunrise as I walk around what we locals call Sharks Bay ... there is no greater peace within than what comes to me each and every day at sunrise. I find solace and gratitude with each and every breath as I watch the ocean and its magnificent power as it sculpts the shore. The fresh air and salty breeze revitalizes me.


FK: How awe-inspiring! What’s most gratifying to you as an artist? What do you dislike the most?

One of the most gratifying aspects of being an artist is to be able to develop an idea or a certain 'portrait' of someone or something that I have in my dreams. Much of my work develops directly from my dreams. I believe that women are the backbone and grounded strength in family, culture and ceremony and this is why they are a major theme in my work.


I do not like to deal with galleries in general with the exception of the one I am currently in. For the most part, an artist works hard and long hours on faith. Galleries are the only businesses I know of that do not have to purchase the merchandise they offer for sale. Where is the incentive then to sell the items on display?

FK: What keeps you busy when you’re not being an artist?

I am an active Council member of the Kauai Pow Wow Council doing FUN-raising for our annual Pow Wow which happens in the Fall every year since 2000.

I walk 3-5 miles every day, usually somewhere along the beautiful coast of my island.

There is a huge feral cat population on the island and I care for a colony of about 30+ kitties down at my favorite beach park, Salt Pond.


K: If I were to visit Hawaii, what is the one place or thing that I should absolutely not miss seeing?

On this island I would have to say the Waimea Canyon and Kalalau.

FK: Ok, they’re on my list of places to visit! What’s your favorite Hawaiian saying?

My favorite saying is the state’s motto: "'Ua mau ke ea o ka 'aina i ka pono" – “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.”

FK: That's a beautiful motto! Tell us about your giveaway.

I’m giving a set of four of my most popular art magnets. Included will be Moon Dancer, Mother Peace, Pueo Dream Transition and 7x7 Generations. These are all reproductions from my original paintings of the same name. They measure 2.125” x 3.125” with a metal shell, mylar-UV protecting cover, and flat magnetic back.

























   


 FK: Schar, it has been my great pleasure to visit with you today. You have a unique and special artistic vision!


Here’s how to enter:


I will use random number generator to pick a winner of the giveaway from all comments posted here between now and a week from today at noon.

I will also pick a second winner to receive a selection of “I’d rather be in Hawaii” bookmarks and/or magnets from me.

You have several opportunities to enter your comments:

1. Enter a comment about your favorite piece of art by the artist.
2. Enter a comment if you signed up to follow her blog (or comment that you already follow)
3. Enter a comment if you signed up to follow her on Facebook and/or Twitter (or comment that you already follow)
4. Enter a comment that you signed up to follow MY blog (or comment that you already follow)
5. Enter a comment that you signed up to become MY Facebook fan (or comment that you already follow)

(And – please – if you say you signed up, be sure that you DID sign up!)

Another island artist will be interviewed each day for the rest of the week. You will need to comment each day if you want to be entered into that day’s drawing. Your comments for this post will NOT carry over to the next day.

NOTE: As the week's giveaways are posted, I will list the ending dates on the right-hand side of my blog under "current contests and giveaways."

Mahalo and good luck. Come back tomorrow to meet yet another artist!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I'D RATHER BE IN HAWAII ... WITH DAVA SHEPHERD


It’s Day Three of our Hawaii week. And fasten your seat belts – today we’re visiting with someone with so much energy and love of life that her delightful personality just jumps off the page!

Say hi to Dava Shepherd, of TreasuresfromHawaii.

FK: Aloha Kakahiaka, Dava. I must have my coffee in the morning. What are you having?

I drink chocol8 soy milk in the morning with some yogurt.

FK: That must be an excellent energy drink because you are involved in so many activities. Let’s list them:

http://www.zazzle.com/treasuresfromhawaii
http://treasuresfromhawaii.etsy.com/
http://treasuresfromhawaii.daportfolio.com/
http://www.facebook.com/treasuresfromhi
http://www.treasuresfromhawaii.blogspot.com/
http://www.womenartistsofkauai.blogspot.com/

FK: Tell me about the Women Artists of Kauai.

It’s a wonderful, supportive and giving group of women artists founded by my friend, Marionette (featured yesterday here). WAK takes part in art festivals/events all over the island and gives back a portion of proceeds to charity.

FK: Do you live fairly close to Marionette?

I live about mid-way on the island of Kauai in Kapaa.


FK: Are you from Hawaii originally?

I was born in Winterhaven, Florida and raised in Plantation, Florida. I'm a native Floridian, however, my soul belongs in Hawaii. I visited Kauai in 2004 where I fell in love with both the island of Kauai and my husband, Josh ... Josh moved to Florida to help me tie up loose ends(selling of my home, etc.) and we moved back to Kauai in 2006 and were married here, a year later, barefoot on Kalapaki Beach.

FK: How sweet is that!?! So when did you get involved on Etsy?

Funny coincidence in that I opened my shop on 2/10/09 - which also happens to be my birthday - was looking for some kind of fulfillment in life, happiness I'd never experienced in a career(having spent 20+ years in the field of law), and I found my soul's craving in photography...

FK: Since you live in Paradise how do you decide on which subjects to photograph?

It's always been a personal joke to myself to try and figure out my favorite "genre" or "subject"...This changes from one photograph to the next...I'm so passionate about what I do and Nature itself that whatever I'm photographing or editing becomes my favorite at that moment ... I adore photographing rain and things with raindrops or dew on them ... I love chasing a butterfly, rooster, chameleon or bee around for a couple of hours trying to get just the "right shot"...

The ocean has a plethora of never-ending emotion-filled sights(from dark, turbulent and stormy to light splashes of whimsical delight in the waves) ... editing photographs - inverting the colors and seeing what new "Ethereal Series" creation I come up with - I get lost in pure joy! So, I guess, my favorite is the act of being surrounded by Nature and being able to capture even just a fraction of its awe-inspiring essence - it's a gift from God!
8x10 Matted Fine Art Photo - Stained Glass, Kauai, Hawaii

FK: Wow! What a delightful and colorful way to describe the creative process!
There are several artists on Etsy from Hawaii. How do you think your work sets you apart?


There are so many talented, gifted artists/photographers here on Kauai it's like there's something magical in the water! I'm so humbled by others' visions and works - they inspire me to better myself in my own ... My work differs in my vision - it can change from haunting and dark to child-like, breezy and free depending upon my mood ... I also get a kick out of giving my viewers a glimpse of different, unusual parts of Kauai - the worn, antique alley door in Hanapepe; the sarcasm in some of my "Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign" series ... I guess I like to go against the "norm" sometimes - I've always been somewhat of a rebel with a little kid's sense of humor!

FK: I understand that – I’m the same way sometimes. So what are your personal favorites among your own work?

Personal favorites, personal favorites, hmmmmm....(you know you're KILLING me here, right Felicia - mischievous grin) - my monk seal photos (I'm blessed by God to have captured so many, they are endangered) - "Seaside Situps" for example, were sooo much fun to capture ... Seals are such passion8 creatures - in playing, fighting, etc., and they exude this while watching them ... I know, to some, it seems as though they're just laying on the beach lounging in the sea and surf - but, when you look into their eyes, you see their joy or their exhaustion - they are amazing!

My "Ethereal" series(where things live in a color-inverted universe - broody and menacing or peaceful and otherworldly) is also held close to my heart and my favorite "plaything" in my photo cre8ng world ... Just like with the whole of my work, there are different moods that come to light in this series - In photos such as "Fairy's Hidden Treasure", "Royal Purple" and "Green Leaf in an Ethereal World" nature is at its lightest and best - lush and light, faerie dance and dreams are spun...Yet in works such as "The Other Side", "Flying Through the Outer Limits" and "Last Stop Before Hell", life in "Etherealville" is menacing and not for the faint of heart...(evil grin)...

FK: Your Ethereal World series is beautiful!  So how do you decide which medium to use for your vision – you do so many different things …

Photography is my main passion and genre - self-taught and constantly learning and improving...However, acrylic painting is fun(also self-taught), have dabbled in watercolors (thanks to the talented guidance of my friend/Kauai artist, Marionette) and I enjoy gathering treasures from Kauai's shores to cre8 my "Beach-in-a-Bottle"/"Message-in-a-Bottle" gift vials/pendant-charms and hand-embellished photo matting...



FK: I love those little bottles! With all that activity you must have some moments when you have to go to your “quiet place” to rest, refresh, meditate. Where do you go?

My "quiet place"- (I giggle at this as my brain is over-analytical and very difficult to shut-off - my hamsters LOVE running on their wheel "upstairs" if you know what I mean *wink*) - is anywhere Nature is - The feel of the trade winds and sea's mist on my skin, gulping down deeeep breaths of fresh air, gazing upon God's beauty in the mountainous terrains or feeling the grasses under my bare feet, smiling at the cow in the field as we have a staring contest ... Ahhhh, naptime for my hamsters and their incessant wheel-running! :D

FK: Hamsters on the brain! Funny but I know what you mean – my mind is always racing too. What’s most gratifying to you as an artist, and what do you dislike the most?

The most gratifying part of being a photographer is two-fold - the "selfish" part, in that it fills the small parts lacking in my soul, and the giving back to others part - spreading joy and smiles to peoples' hearts, passing on the Aloha spirit - brings it all full circle...

The part I dislike most is easy for me to answer - The constant personal battle with my own self-confidence - The days I don't feel "good enough,” pushing myself through uncomfortable situations to better myself and my work....

FK: Amen to that! What do you do when you’re not creating? How do you relax?

When I'm not snapping photos like a fiend (I carry my camera almost everywhere - even to church!) my husband and I take drives all over the island and soak in God's glory ... We end up doing different things like walking on the beach or collecting shells, light hiking or just sitting in our "backyard" where we have views of both Kong and the Sleeping Giant mountains and a huge parcel of untouched land (except when the cows come about once every other month to "mow" the grasses) - Reading is another escape of mine and has been since I was little ... Gardening, I love to get my hands dirty! While living in South Florida I worked at a wildlife sanctuary for about 2 years where I had the blessed experiences of hand-feeding and caring for such animals as tigers, cougars, a black bear, a three-toed sloth, prairie dogs, coatimundis, and so many more, cleaning their cages (hey, you can't complain about cleaning until you've scooped tiger poop!), getting sprayed - from the chin down - by a friendly tiger named Darlene (you've never screamed with simultaneous disgust and delight until a tiger claims you as its own by spraying you!) and witnessing a 4-hour-old llama take its first leaps around its mama ... (sighs in peace at the memories) ...

FK: How absolutely funny and sweet at the same time!


FK: I really must get to Hawaii. What should I not miss seeing?

While visiting Kauai you should experience everything you can! To suggest one thing or place you shouldn't miss is like trying to tell someone about one place or thing not to miss in Disneyworld - you have to soak up the entire experience and then go back and see your own personal top 3 to 5 (or 100 if you're here as a snowbird!) again before you leave! A few of my favorite spots of delight, however, are Spouting Horn, Waimea Canyon/Falls, Opaekaa Falls, westside sunsets, whale-watching during the season and finding monk seals napping when and where you can!


FK: Do you have a favorite Hawaiian saying?

My favorite is Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas) - just because the way it sounds makes me smile!

FK: Funny, that’s about the only Hawaiian phrase I've known since I was a kid because my oldest sister’s Marine boyfriend was stationed in Hawaii and taught me that one.


FK: Dava, it has been an absolute pleasure to visit with you today! Didn't I tell you, everyone, how delightful she is?
Dava, tell us about your giveaway.

I will be giving away one free 8x10 of the winner's choice from these three prints:






K: That's a beautiful and generous giveaway. Mahalo, Dava. I truly enjoyed visiting with you!

Here’s how to enter:

I will use random number generator to pick a winner of the giveaway from all comments posted here between now and a week from today at noon.

I will also pick a second winner to receive a selection of “I’d rather be in Hawaii” bookmarks and/or magnets from me.

You have several opportunities to enter your comments:

1. Enter a comment about your favorite piece of art by the artist.
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(And – please – if you say you signed up, be sure that you DID sign up!)

Another island artist will be interviewed each day for the rest of the week. You will need to comment each day if you want to be entered into that day’s drawing. Your comments for this post will NOT carry over to the next day.

NOTE: As the week's giveaways are posted, I will list the ending dates on the right-hand side of my blog under "current contests and giveaways."

Mahalo and good luck. Come back tomorrow to meet yet another artist!
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