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Back to Plumeria - Katie Moragne 9x12"

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 08/27/20

After dabbling in oils, I am back to watercolors. The plan is to work on a series of small plumeria paintings. I had glaucoma surgery on my left eye and it is still healing. Vision won't be at 100% but is better than expected. The right is the dominant eye but the two are not yet in coordination. I am hopeful. 


This plumeria is called Katie Moragne. Richard Moragne who propagated numerous new varieties was the real Katie's father.


Bird of Paradise in Oil 11x14"

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 07/07/20

I am switching to oil painting after recently having eye surgery for glaucoma. We shall see if I can get back to close up watercolors in the future. I  have a bird of paradise bush in my backyard so the subject matter was right in front of me. It's been awhile since I painted in oils but I am having fun. It is easier to change the painting than it is with watercolor. There will be small prints in my paintingsbymarcia.etsy.com shop in the future as well as on this website.



Yellow Plumeria

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 05/23/20

I have completed another plumeria painting.  This one is 22x30". The background leaves were a bit more challenging but I am happy with the outcome. You can watch progress of my paintings at my Instagram account, paintingsbymarcia, or at my Facebook page, Plumeria Painntings by Marcia.





Na Pali Coast at Sunset

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 05/01/20

I added a lot of orange everywhere to show the glow from the sunset. The cliffs on the left are in shadow so were darkened.

The bright portion of the sun is the white of the paper and the orange and yellow around it makes you feel like you need to squint. Reference photo credit to my friend, Wilson Barrett.




Na Pali Coast Sunset 16x20"

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 04/30/20

I am on the homestretch with the Na Pali Coast watercolor.

Oranges and yellows have always been my favorite colors.


Next Project - Na Pali Coast

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 04/24/20

This wonderful photo of the Na Pali Coast was photographed by Wilson Barrett who has also provided me with turtle photos for paintings.



Double Ruffled Hibiscus is Done!

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 04/24/20

I managed to keep from getting heavy-handed with this one and I like the look. It has two sets of stamens.




Double Yellow Hibiscus

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 04/16/20

This painting is taking shape nicely.


I post progress photos more often on Instagram as paintingsbymarcia and on my Facebook page, Plumeria Paintings by Marcia. My Etsy shop, paintingsbymarcia, is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus stay at home order on Kauai.


Double Yellow Hibiscus in Progress

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 04/12/20

Giving this one a light, more transparent touch.  Working on the shadows first.



Double Yellow Hibiscus

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 04/12/20

This is the reference photo for my next watercolor project. I plan to do some experimenting with a more transparent technique.



Singapore Plumeria is Done

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 04/12/20

My reference photo had only the blossoms. I added the leaves one by one as I worked on the background.





Singapore Plumeria

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 04/07/20

This variety is my favorite plumeria to paint. I have a photo reference with only flowers and am adding leaves as I move around in the background.




Nene with a View is Done

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 04/07/20

This was a fun one with lots of detail. The Kilauea Lighthouse is on the bluff beyond. The nene geese are still protected although they came off the endangered list.







Another Wave 22x30"

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 03/30/20

I have not named this wave watercolor painting but it has my favorite ocean colors and feels refreshing.



"The Light Beyond" 22x30

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 03/30/20

I love painting large waves! This one is called "Light Beyond."

I used very few colors and especially liked using the purple for shadows.


Nene With a View

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 03/30/20

I combined a few reference photos to paint some requests for the Kilauea Lighthouse and the Hawaiian Goose, Nene, the State bird. This has so much detail that I have painted some large waves at the same time.



Craft Fairs Cancelled Until Further Notice

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 03/12/20

Because of the Coronavirus, the crafts fairs I participate in have been cancelled until further notice. I will continue to sell the small prints at my paintingsbymarcia.etsy.com shop.  I will also begin to market some larger prints and original watercolor paintings there. 

Sorry to miss some of you returning visitors. Stay safe and healthy!

Two Honu 18x24"

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 03/08/20

Finished painting two sea turtles in a different style. It was fun blowing paint around in lots of water. Simple, loose background with detailed honu.



Grumpy Honu is Done!

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 02/20/20

I am keeping the blue water similar in my turtle paintings because buyers are purchasing color coordinated prints.  The aqua, teal, and turquoise colors are my favorites and are happy colors! Photo credit is given to Wilson Barrett for his inspirational capture of this cute guy! 

Prints will be available on this website and at my paintingsbymarcia.etsy.com store in a few weeks.






Grumpy Turtle in Progress

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 02/18/20

This one is 16 x 20."

I added vegetation on the rocks and plan to add blue water before going back to the turtle and vegetation so that the colors all tie together.