Friday, November 30, 2012

30 paintings in American Samoa, Finished!

    Thank you so much for following these posts, it means the world to me when people look and comment. Sadie's Hotels sponsored my time in American Samoa and I am very grateful for my month at this lovely resort on the beach. And many thanks to the Feleti Barstow Public Library for giving me a great room with a view to work for a month, new friends AND for purchasing the entire series for permanent display. I am over the moon!
     American Samoa is a fun place to visit, people are warm and friendly. There is nothing quite like a Polynesian smile, they put their heart in it. Everyone who wandered in to see the paintings in progress and the staff at the library made me try to be a better painter because they were genuinely interested. I've never painted in public before and have enjoyed how people responded and asked sincere questions that I could answer on this blog. Nobody turned me down when I asked if I could photograph them. I love this place. Hope this has inspired a few people to visit. My friends from Molokai who have been here all week left happy for having made the effort. They commented often on how genuinely friendly people were to them. I'm sad, yet a little relieved to be finished, but that's how it goes with marathons. (check it out)

Special thanks to my sister Mernie ( for all the encouraging emails, you always seem to get me through the moments when I am ready to throw my paint brushes at passing cars. You rock! 


  1. And speaking about more encouragement... That's a long enough break. Please start blogging again. Even when your life is boring, its more interesting than mine. Get to it, sis!

  2. Honestly Sis, I'm not sure why I quit or feel such a complete lack of inspiration. I keep hoping for that spark that send me running to the keyboard, but it hasn't happened. It is a mystery and while a lot of changes in latitudes and climate over the last few months might be interesting, when I try to write I just sound like a big whiner. Not so interesting really. Trust me, you'll be the first to know if I ever snap out of it. Still hopeful, but still flat as cane toad on a moon dark road.

  3. So quite recently i've been going through this faze of missing Samoa terribly. Your paintings give me such happiness Catherine. I've been posting a few of them up on Instagram and a lot of my followers have been asking for who the artist is and I told them of your name. You are a brilliant artist Catherine. Fa'afetai lava for sharing your talents.