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Interest in the Underwater Kauai in Progress 22 x 30"

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 11/20/19

A Texas collector of my paintings has expressed an interest in this painting and will have first dibs. There will be prints for sure but first, let's see how it turns out.

They say that the bleaching of the Kauai coral is making a recovery. The ocean floor colors will be as I remember it walking on the reef with my family at low tide. We called it night "torching." My uncle made an overhead kerosene lamp holder which my mother carried on her shoulder and we young children put on our Japanese cloth tabis and followed her with flashlights looking for shells. She was good at spearing octopus too!

Underwater Kauai Fish Added

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 11/19/19

The little fish have been added.  I may add more later. Back to the ocean floor and turtles, then back to the water and fish.  Having fun with this one!




Underwater Kauai Turtles In

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 11/19/19

I have added two turtles and will be moving on to the fish. Will add color later. I am using underwater photo references from Wilson Barrett and am very excited about painting the fish next!

Underwater Kauai

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 11/15/19

Started with the first glazes of the ocean bottom. Will have two turtles instead of one for balance.  They will be roughed in next. I am looking forward to painting the school of fish. The challenge will be to show depth of the fish in the water.

New Turtle Watercolor

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 11/13/19

Wilson Barrett has given me permission to use his wonderful underwater photos for my next and future painting projects. I am going to merge these two for the first.  I am especially excited about the school of fish. The composition below is comprised of a grouping of sketches and may change.

'Red Hibiscus' is Done!

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 11/07/19

The "Red Hibiscus' turned out pretty nicely. There will be prints on this website and at my Etsy shop, in a few weeks.

Original is 18 x 24".

Darker Red for the Hibiscus

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 11/04/19

I am painting the hibiscus a darker red to be in balance with the dark shadows on the leaves.

Red Hibiscus So Far

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 11/03/19

I added some shadows and will need to go darker on some petals and do more work on the background. 

Single Red Hibiscus

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 10/29/19

So far. . .

PS Will post the last wave photo after the original is back from the photographer.

Waves at Dawn

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 10/22/19

Another watercolor wave painting in the works. It is a good rest after painting the flower details in "Lei Rainbow Plumeria".

Nebel's Rainbow Almost Done 22x30"

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 10/17/19

I will go darker with the buds on the left and define edges where needed. Then off to the photographer tomorrow for future prints.

I am calling this one "Lei Rainbow Plumeria."

Nebel's Rainbow Before the Background

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 10/13/19

I am ready to put in a darker background and will probably need another layer of flower color afterwards.

Nebel's Rainbow Continued

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 10/05/19

Will be moving on to the buds next and then finally, to the leaves.

Another Nebel's/Lei Rainbow Started

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 10/03/19

The last plumeria painting was a commission.  I am back into plumeria mode and am painting another of the same plumeria variety.

Nebel's Rainbow is Done!

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 09/27/19

I am often asked how long it takes me to finish a painting.  I kept track of this one for fun and it took 43 hours. Of course, I was using 5 different reference photos and am not likely to do that again.  Light was coming from different directions for one thing and I had to make adjustments.

Anyway, this one was a commission and the buyer liked the composition from my original Nebel's painting 6 years ago!
I will be painting another one or two of the Nebel's/Lei Rainbow plumerias and it should go faster. 

Nebel's Rainbow Background

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 09/20/19

Making good progress with the background. I will eventually have to darken the flowers because they now seem very pale against the green leaves.

Nebel's Rainbow Starting Leaves

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 09/17/19

I painted some leaves lightly to see the composition in paint. More leaves will go in the background later.

Nebel's Rainbow Buds

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 09/13/19

Not moving along so quickly. (Have been helping an elder client transition from Rehab.) 

Craft fair at the Church of the Pacific in Princeville tomorrow from 8 to 2. Drop in if you are on Kauai.
I am liking the look of these buds and will darken the flowers and perhaps start on the leaves to see where shadows should land.

Back to Plumerias - Nebel's (Lei) Rainbow

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 09/09/19

This one will be 22 x 30". Nice to get back to plumeria after many koi, wave, and Kauai landscape paintings. (Small prints for those are on Starting light with the flowers. Composition is from 5 photos of this variety so will add shadows later so everything makes sense.

Koi Frenzy is Done

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 09/06/19

It was a roller coaster ride with this one with all of those fish. A few got deleted and the water color changed midway. I got rid of most of the masking fluid dots which were distracting after the mask was removed.