Mele Kalikimaka and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou

Mele Kalikimaka and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou means Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!

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Thank you all for being part of my very wonderful 2017! This year I was fortunate to have lots of time with family and friends here in Hawaii and also on the mainland. Many awesome events occurred including: our youngest son graduating from high school with distinction and beginning his college career, our oldest daughter graduating from college and starting a full time job and graduate school, our middle daughter declaring a major and approaching one year until completion of her college degree. We were very busy and feeling very lucky indeed.

This year included lots of travel including time in the Midwest with family and friends, my daughters spoiling me with a trip to the Pacific Northwest to view the total solar eclipse and finally in the fall, a trip to Southern California just in time for Halloween in Old Town San Diego. And always to be blessed with returning home each time to beautiful Hawaii Nei and the paradise I call home. Believe it or not, there was time to paint and complete over 30 works this year too! Thank you to all of you who purchased new original works and prints from my classic line too.

I recently completed a work called “Always Ready, Always There” which depicts a north shore sunset, the waves pumping out in the ocean, and a half lit lifeguard station with its aura of protection and safety.

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I will be getting this painting archival scanned and will have prints and giclees available for sale on my website very soon.

I completed several more commission and custom pieces including one of a red-tailed hawk named “Shaka” that is resting on its owner’s gauntlet. Here is a picture of Shaka on his perch looking out towards his owner and completed painting.

Jerry Sell and Shaka the bird painting

And here is a detailed look at this beautiful bird of prey painting

Completed Shaka the hawk

This year has taught me that I like painting all types of animals ( Honus- Sea Turtles have always been a favorite) but I really love painting birds too!

2018 is the Year of the Dog and I expect I may be completing a few more dog commissions in the coming year too. So far I have painted well over two dozen which are now in private collections literally around the world! That is an honor for sure!

Lily in Venice - in a private collection
Lily in Venice – in a private collection

Here’s to a great finish for all of you for 2017 and an even more amazing 2018 to come!

I’ll catch up with you all again in the New Year!

With Aloha,

Andrea “Andy”