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”

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Fall Updates

Thank you all for your support this summer! I can’t believe it is officially fall already. Of course “Fall” in Hawaii just means it gets a few degrees cooler at night and we get ready for the big winter surf on the north shore. Ha!

I had an amazing 3rd year at the Hale’iwa Arts Festival this past July. Check out my bigger and better booth! I spent a lot of time planning how to keep it airy and bright and still maximize the display space under the 10′ x 10″ area of the tent assigned to me. I was so lucky to get a corner booth, towards the front entrance area, with awesome artists all around me. I was a very happy lady!

Here are some photos from the weekend….

2017 booth from Anna's instagram

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Two of my kids helped me build the booth out! All 3 of them helped me run it too.

 

 

I always try to have a mix of brand new, one-of-a-kind originals along with signed giclees and metal prints of popular paintings.

My favorite piece that received a lot of attention was a new Triptych series titled “Mermaid Islands”. You can see it in the photos displayed on the booth wall. My middle child always imagined mermaids at every offshore island around Oahu. This was the inspiration for these dreamy underwater scenes.

Here is a watermarked copy of the series. I wish I didn’t have to cover it with watermarks like this but some of my images have been stolen on social media so I have to protect my work.

highly watermarked Mermaid Islands

I did have this scanned so I can make metal prints and canvas copies for you. The Original of this piece is still for sale and you can buy it direct at this link: Mermaid Islands

 

One of my largest pieces ( 3 ft x 4 ft) sold the first day so no copies were made of this piece and it sold as a one of kind, Andy Sikkink Original:

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Luckily I love to paint the water and my favorite beaches so if you loved this piece, we can work together to make a commission piece just for you!

 

My little Hawaiian Pueo (Owl) was very popular too…….

highly watermarked Pueo painting

I will not be making any copies of him either so snatch up the original while you can at this link: Eyes of the Pueo

My Underwater Tiki Surfboard sold.  I signed it for the family plus posed with them for a photo for posterity. They were very sweet and said they think I may be famous one day and they will have one of my original works in their collection!

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I did get it scanned so we could make a surfboard wrap or a metal print of it in the future if someone wants an exact copy. Otherwise you know I always love to paint new ideas  too.

There were many more paintings that sold and I had some disappointed customers who waited too long and their favorites were gone by the time they came back to the booth. I hope that next year they will come the first day and not wait too long to buy the paintings they love!!

Speaking of love…the Tiki surfboard inspired my son to buy a giant canvas and have me paint a Kraken grabbing a Tiki buried under the water. It’s one of my biggest pieces yet at 4 ft x 5 ft and took me over 2 months to complete. Check out “Kraken Attack”….

Watermarked Instagram Kraken Attack

I was also super lucky to travel with my Ohana to Minnesota for 2 weeks in August to catch up with family and friends. Two days after getting back from that wonderful whirlwind trip, my daughters bought me a plane ticket to Seattle for my birthday and took me to see the solar eclipse in Oregon on August 21! Seeing Totality was one of my top 10 most memorable moments of my life and I WILL be making a painting of it!! I am so lucky and grateful for that.

Stay tuned and thanks for keeping up with me!

Art(ist) at Work

Cheers to all of you artists that draw, paint, sculpt, write, act, or make whatever art it is that you make and keep at it amidst all the distractions that life can toss at you. When this year began, I was sure I would have more than enough time for my daily life ( aka “real jobs” and family time) that I could still be in my studio each day covering canvases with incredible colors and images. I envisioned ample time to update my artist website, galleries, direct sales site, plus post on social media at least once a day… and while I was at it write a blog post at least once or twice a month.

Here’s how trying to accomplish all of that felt depicted in a painting…

Charging the Wave by Andrea "Andy" Sikkink

Charging the Wave by Andrea “Andy” Sikkink

Ha ha! You got it… I was kind of a dreamer. Obviously I couldn’t fit all of that in. No way did I write a blog post per month- more like one every 12 months. BUT, I have prioritized the most important things. I chose time with my Ohana and creating memories – those are the best treasures of all. My time in the studio may have been sporadic but I have made several paintings in the last few months that I am proud of and truly love. Here are some photos of some of my favorites that you may ( or may not have seen) in my attempts to keep up posting on social media!

Hale'iwa Arts Festival Booth 2016

Hale’iwa Arts Festival Booth 2016

Forgot to post this last summer! It was a great weekend and many of my original paintings sold out!

Hale'iwa Arts Festival July 2016

Hale’iwa Arts Festival July 2016

Waimea Bay Summer

Waimea Bay Summer a commissioned piece now in a private collection

Little Hula Girl

Little Hula Girl – in a private collection

Little Mermaid - sold and in a private collection

Little Mermaid- A look at the process – sold and in a private collection

Seas the Day Every Day

Seas the Day Every Day – sold at auction at the American Heart Association Heart Ball

Aurora in Almost Maine

Aurora in Almost Maine

Surfboard Tiki

Surfboard Tiki

Honu Life

Honu Life – commissioned painting now in a private collection

Koi Tryptich

Koi Triptych- 3 panel large canvas pieces, in a private collection

Yes, looking back, I was in my studio quite a bit. And I loved every minute of it. Let me know what I can create for you…. AS you wish!

Inspirational Times

Those mountaintop experiences in life, if we are lucky, we have a few in a lifetime. You know those times, those inspirational, unforgettable moments, a significant event that indelibly marks itself on your brain for eternity. You can recall it with your eyes closed and remember it in vivid detail. If we are real lucky we have an unforgettable moment or two every year. I have been fortunate to have quite a few in my life. I am even more lucky that I can try to capture those moments through my paintings.

My first Haleiwa Arts Festival last year felt like magic. The fun and hard work of months of getting ready, then setting up and displaying my paintings in the tent at the beach park, the crowds, fellow artists collaborating and conversing, people viewing and liking and purchasing my work. Then in a flash, the first day was done. But, oh, oh, the sunset at the beach park as we were walking to our car, it was one of those unforgettable moments. A fitting moment to an amazing day. My daughter, who helped me all day long and was rightfully as tired as I was, well, we both just stood there watching and soaking in the colorful rays, rolling waves, and swaying palms. The last moments of a glorious day in paradise.

I haven’t even titled this painting yet but I am seriously considering calling it, “The End of a Glorious Day”. Here are the pictures of it in progress through to completion. Thank you for your part in making my dreams come true!

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working the colors and clouds

 

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adding in the beach pergola

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Before the Green Flash – completed

At My Easel Almost Every Day

Aloha Everyone!

Thank you to those of you who prodded me lately to make a new blog post. Have you heard the phrase, “When it rains, it pours” and ” Be careful what you wish for”? Yeah, my mom said those phrases throughout my childhood and I catch myself using them regularly lately- but in good way.

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Success! Official Artist Badge

The Hale’iwa Arts Festival in July was an incredible experience. It took a lot of courage ( and pushing from my family and friends) to submit my works for judging in the first place. Then when I got my acceptance letter it became a blur of excitement, booth planning, and painting! So that is why I haven’t posted for months!

Haleiwa Arts Festival 2015

Haleiwa Arts Festival North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii 2015

Thanks to everyone who came by on both days of the festival, said “hi”, offered encouragement, and for all of the art collectors that bought so many pieces from me at the show. A huge thank you to my hubby and all my kids. My middle daughter stayed in the booth with me the entire weekend making sure no customer left without being greeted with a smile and a thank you for coming to the event. Here is a picture of my booth:

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My As You Wish Arts Booth at the 2015 Haleiwa Arts Festival

Amazing things I learned from the experience:

  • My original pieces sold more than the giclee prints
  • My soft sale approach was appreciated by many customers- I never pressured anyone to buy right that second
  • My displays were bright and colorful and that drew people in – many customers told me just that!
  • My outdoor curtains capitalized on the shade so people could come in and get out of the sun
  • Smile at everyone and enjoy yourself – the hard part is over and you get to share your passion with people passionate about the arts. Its a total win-win!

I also was humbled by praise from several well known artists who took the time to stop by, welcome me and look at my art and give me advice. When one of my all time favorite artists came by I was like a school kid in awe of their teacher- just speechless and so grateful. It was like a dream come true!

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Me in my booth- It was a warm, sunny tropical weekend of bliss on the North Shore of Hawaii

Fast forward to today– I have been at my easel nearly every day keeping up with orders taken at the festival and additional commissions as people email who met me at the festival or heard about me from a friend. I am so very lucky and thankful- when it rains, it truly pours!!

I would love to paint a one of a kind piece for you sometime and I will make it “As You Wish”

With Aloha,

AS  – Andrea “Andy” Sikkink

Two Weeks to the Hale’iwa Arts Festival on Oahu

Aloha Friends!

My last blog post ( a few months ago now) was titled ” Trying To Be Brave- Ready to Be Judged”. I wrote about gathering the courage to send in photos of 5 of my paintings to be judged for entry into the annual Hale’iwa Arts Festival held here on the island of Oahu in July. As you can tell by my lack of postings since, I was honored to be accepted into the festival and have been very, very busy painting! Now it’s 2 weeks before the show on July 18 and 19th in Hale’iwa….yep 2 weeks…gulp!

My goal when I heard I was accepted was to have at least 20 original paintings to display and sell for the festival. I am happy to report I just met and surpassed that goal yesterday. I really appreciate all of your support as I have been posting photos on my Facebook page. Insert shameless plug here…. if you haven’t “Liked” my As You Wish Arts LLC Facebook page, could you please do so and share with your friends. Posts only go out if you have enough followers so I am trying to get to 500 “Likes” soon. Mahalo ~Thank you for humoring me and helping get the word out about my art.

Here is a sneak preview of some of the many new paintings I will have for sale at the Festival. If they sell online before then, well, I will just have to make some back up pieces. Ha!

Son of the Beach reworked

Son OF the Beach

Under A Palm 7.13.14

Under a Palm Tree

Sitting Pretty best

Sitting Pretty

Honu on the rocks (2)

Honu On The Rocks- The framed Original along with signed Giclees will be available

Spam Musubi painting

Ono Grinds Series 1 – Spam Musubi

Pele's Dance

Pele’s Dance – a view of the Kilauea Volcano Caldera at Night The Original Framed piece will be for sale

Fig Tree Roots

Fig Tree Roots – a scene from the island of Kauai Large Canvas gallery wrapped original painting for sale

Heart of Hale'iwa - Rainbow Bridge

Heart of Hale’iwa – Rainbow Bridge on Oahu original painting gallery wrapped for sale

Are You My Mother?  Budgie and baby Mynahs- original for sale

Are You My Mother? Budgie and baby Mynahs in the pali mountains- framed original for sale

Honu at Sunset - original for sale

Honu at Sunset – original for sale