Flowing with the Waves and Floating in the Clouds



an inside peek in the creation of a recent painting titled, “Kailua Morning”



Sometimes its all about flowing with the waves and floating in the clouds and seeing where a painting takes you.

Above is Step 1 of a recent painting. This is the rough painting all “blocked in” in a few hours one bright afternoon.


Step 2 took place a few weeks later when I finally had time to go back to this painting. Life takes over a bit and I try to just roll with it and not stress if I can’t get back to a painting right away. This was a few days of adjusting the colors, filling in the water and sand and highlighting the clouds. While I was floating in the clouds literally in this painting, I really felt like I was much closer in that area but now much farther away than I wanted to be with the water. Fast forward a few more weeks…..


Step 3 – I was totally happy with the clouds and adding final touches to the water. The sand was starting to really look nice and wet and the water reflections were really making me happy. I worked on this for another few hours and then had to step away one more time.



Step 4 is the completed piece – “Kailua Morning”. The painting is now signed, my brushes are clean, the supplies are re-organized and I am already blocking in another piece on another canvas ( actually 2 pieces at once) , which is totally normal for me. I hope you enjoyed seeing this progression… I reserve the right to tweak the painting a little more before I apply a UV coating and get it totally ready for its new owner!

Mahalo nui loa for floating along with me while my paintbrush was flowing on the canvas!







Paintings displayed in the shop in Ka’a’awa

Paintings displayed in the shop in Ka'a'awa

I have been very fortunate the last few years to have many paintings displayed in a shop in Ka’a’awa, Hawaii called Fine Ass Chocolate and Coffee. At this fun and wonderful store, they sell two of my favorite things to consume…chocolate and coffee. 🙂 They also have a lot of amazing gift items and an incredible selection of Hawaiiana items you just can’t find anywhere in the crazy bustle of downtown Waikiki. And the views on the drive there ( from either side of the island) are absolutely breathtaking. I like to go on the weekends just to unwind and then of course, get my chocolate fix. The Crouching Lion restaurant is on the upper part of the hill and the shop is in the lower part of the building with carved wooden lion statue by the front of the store. I owe a huge MAHALO to these guys and especially to my friend Zondre. They have been promoting and actively selling my paintings and craft signs all this time. If you can’t make it to my island of Oahu, then check out their website here http://www.fineasschocolate.com/ to see what I am talking about. Also, if you look them up on Google maps, you can see a 360 degree view of the store too. If you are on island, make a stop for sure and tell them “Andy” the artist sent you their way. Mahalo nui loa (thank you so very much ) to everyone at the Fine Ass Chocolate and Coffee store!