Sunday, February 26, 2012

Molokai Humpback Whales

     A number of whale species visit Hawaii, but Humpbacks steal the show. They’re big, animated and everywhere. Whale excursions rarely come up empty handed when the Humpbacks are in town. Whale boats have to keep a respectful distance but whales don’t. They sneak up and hose the customers down with spray for a little toot. Baby whales being new and curious splash over for a closer look, although there is a good chance Mom will herd them away. We boarded Molokai Fish and Dive’s boat the Coral Queen at sunrise. I was going to keep track of the sightings, but there were just too many. It is so exciting to be close to them that counting is soon forgotten. In the harbor entrance the captain had to put the prop in neutral several times to let manta ray traffic cruise by. My sister had never been up close to whales before so watching her expressions was fun. A big blue sea full of frolicking leviathans changes perspective. Don’t sweat the small stuff, smile until your face hurts and laugh like a whale just played a practical joke on a boat full of humans.  

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

90 paintings exhibit, Molokai

Thank you! To the wonderful friends who showed up and the people who wondered in with curiosity and a smile. Showing a series of paintings finishes a project, like a wrap party. A few shows have felt like a wake, but this wasn't one of them. Great turnout and I'm glad I own fewer paintings. It didn't rain, which is sad for the island, but easy on artwork displayed outdoors. I wish I'd taken more pictures, but it was so fun to talk to people I forgot. My sister helped me set up, even wore her thumb out jamming thumbtacks in the corners then stayed and helped, like everyday. What a gal. Next will be large paintings of horses and dogs in oil and starting on next year's calendar for Sadie's Hotels in American Samoa.
Maria and Mickey, thanks for making the art show possible (please visit The Warehouse Marketplace next to Friendly Market in Kaunakakai to peruse work by a number of talented Molokai artists). All the best!!


Noel, thanks for helping! And for making me laugh, glad   
you were there, it's always fun when you're around.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Art show on Molokai

              Catherine Buchanan
90 paintings in 90 days 
and more work by Molokai artists

 On display in the courtyard behind Imports Gift Shop
    in Kaunakakai, Molokai, Hawaii (next door to Friendly Market)
      February 16,17 &18, 2012
                   This is the one time all 90 original paintings will be on display together 
                   as the paintings that have sold will be going to new homes after the show. 
                   The exhibit includes work by several Molokai artists and painting                       
                   demonstrations in a lovely relaxed setting.

Honolulu Zoo Valentine

     The zoo in Waikiki is a pleasant stroll through a tropical botanical garden with animals. Few of the habitats have bars but while the animals can't get out, it looks like they have a chance. The elephants looked happier in their new digs. They used to stand in the corner of the old pen rocking back and forth to pass the time, but now they have room to wonder. The Komodo Dragon could use more room and a few friends, although it didn't look like it had moved since the last time I was there. Tigers never look happy in zoos no matter what so maybe they should be turned loose. I'd burn more calories between restaurants and hotel rooms if tigers roamed around Waikiki. Enjoy yourself like a monkey picking bugs! 

                    Happy Valentine's Day from the animals :)


Your own tub cab be pretty good too,
 we're all beautiful!


  A smile is the shortest distance between two people.
                                                                                                                   Victor Borge
                         (or in this case a sheep and anyone passing by)                 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

90 paintings in 90 days price list

    Thanks to all who have read and commented, a few words really matter. Producing artwork is a very solitary experience, I paint alone and work long hours since that's just how it works best for me. I suppose I hoped blogging would provide some social interaction, but it seems it doesn't really work that way. Reading the stats page to find out if anyone looks at this is like hoping for my check book register to start talking to me and for all I know, as accurate as my records.
     I have been putting this on my list for weeks now and just not doing it. Not inspired, not willing to fake it. Maybe taking a break will help me find a new direction. My sister is coming to visit so I'll be having fun for the next three weeks.
     February 16, 17 & 18 all the original paintings from the 90 day marathon will be up together in the courtyard behind Imports Gift Shop, in Kaunakakai, Molokai. This will be the only time they are ever shown together since the ones that have sold will be going to new homes after the show. Thanks for looking, I'll post some pictures of the show. My friend offered to let me borrow Bully the cow so people could see him with his portrait, but he eats Christmas lights and licks people. Well, maybe that would be a good thing. Hope to see you there.
All the best, Catherine

The following is the list of  90 paintings, * means no longer available;
The originals are 10x13" on unstretched canvas for $500 each
11 x14" prints on canvas are $95
8 x 10" prints on paper are $25
please write to me at if you are unable to post questions on this blog or to arrange to purchase a painting or print. Look forward to hearing from you.
1.     Green Coconuts
2.     Coffee & Sea Turtles
3.     Plumeria
4.     Lilikoi Butter
5.*      Slippahs
6.*      Saturday Market
7.      Lilikoi
8.      Molokai Ho’e
9.      Java Sparrows
10.    Flame Tree
11.    Spam Musubi
12.    Monica
13.    Horse Lei
14.    Hanging Pots
15.    Croton Leaves
16.    Kukui & Ribbon Leis
17.    Fresco Shell
18.    Humuhumunukunukuapua’a
19.    Molokai Dirt Road
20.    Papohaku Puka Shell Necklace
21.    Drink Umbrella
22.    Magenta Flowers
23.    Polynesian Voyaging Canoes
24.    Molokai Rainbows
25.    Pumpkins
26.    Homage to Soap
27.    Monk Seal
28.    Camping at Kaupoa
29.    New Moon
30.    Ho’okupu
31.*    Mamo
32.    Bird of Paradise
33.    Lost & Found Chick
34.    Sandwich
35.    Pig Farm
36.*    Sweet Yellow Coconuts
37.*    Lauhala Hat
38.*    Blowfish
39.    Paper Boat
40.    Lehua
41.    Ube Ice Cream
42.*    Lani
43.    Ohelo Flowers
44.    Sinaloa Church
45.    Humpback Whales
46.    Monstera
47.    Laundry
48.    Gecko
49.*    Puni
50.    Ti Leaves
51.    Field Workers
52.    Wild Turkeys
53.    Thanksgiving Dinner
54.    Molokai Cowboy
55.    Lime and Coconut
56.    Molokai Farms
57.    Goose Portrait
58.    Avocado Seed
59.    Cat Nap
60.    Plumeria Tree
61.    Take Away Box
62.    Primary Horses
63.    Baby Turtles
64.    Papohaku Beach
65.    Christmas Ornaments
66.*    Bully
67.    Hawaiian Style Lunch
68.    Barrel Cactus
69.    Phallic Rock
70.    Kiddie Boat
71.    Community Message Board
72.    Molokai Hot Bread
73.    Fighting Roosters
74.    Post-a-Nuts
75.    Molokai Fish Ponds
76.    Landfill
77.    Molokai Rainbow Fantails
78.    Monk Seals
79.    Hand Painted Signs
80.    Molokai Mules
81.    Ka Hula Pico
82.*    Noel
83.    Molokai Ho’e
84.*    Gypsy
85.    Ginger Flowers
86.    River Rocks
87.    Taro Cultivation Wailau Valley
88.*    Tiger
89.    Yellow Plumeria Flowers
90.*    Sugar