Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner I wanted to say that I am THANKFUL for all of you and your support. I appreciate everyone of you who took time to “like” my paintings on Instagram or Facebook, added comments, and purchased paintings. You are all amazing supporters in so many ways.
I completed the sketch a day challenge for all of October called Drawlloween 2019. So many of you liked my sketches and encouraged me to keep at it the entire month long. Here is my sketch for the prompt “Moon” . All the rest of the 31 sketches can be viewed on my Instagram page @asyouwishartist
I am thankful that I attained a few other milestones this year with my art and my company too. I created my own Etsy store in late July that you can view here. I was slow to join the Etsy world but have had so much fun meeting buyers all over the country and world! Here is one of my favorite reviews so far!
Once again this year, I submitted for the judges (back at the start of Jan 2019) for the Hale’iwa Arts Festival. I was happy to be accepted again and show for the 5th year in a row in mid July. I always love meeting so many of you in person and talking story under the trees and tents by the ocean. Here is a link to my Instagram page It has many of my images from this arts festival this year at this link here @asyouwishartist
I also had the honor of painting more pet portraits. I try very hard to make sure I capture the pet’s personality and favorite surroundings or even a background that has special significance to their owners….
Mele Kalikimaka and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou means Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!
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.
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.
And here is a detailed look at this beautiful bird of prey painting
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!
Here’s to a great finish for all of you for 2017 and an even more amazing 2018 to come!
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….
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.
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:
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…….
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!
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”….
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.
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…
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!
Forgot to post this last summer! It was a great weekend and many of my original paintings sold out!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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:
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!
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”
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!
Thank you to all the encouragers out there! Truly I wouldn’t be where I am today without you gently pushing me and helping me be brave. For a decade now I have loved to attend the Haleiwa Arts Festival held on the north shore here on Oahu. It is a chance to see some of Hawaii’s most talented painters, sculptors, photographers, print makers, jewelry artists, musicians and more. To me it is a little slice of heaven to walk in the grass next to the ocean surrounded by white tents overflowing with immense artistic talent and beautiful pieces of art. I usually leave with a new art piece I’ve collected, a full tummy from the ono( tasty) food booths, and brand new inspiration to get back to my easel. But I have never yet tried to get in to the festival myself as an artist.
Yesterday I felt very brave when I submitted my application for this July’s event along with 5 of my paintings that I hope represent my unique style. It is now in the hands of the judges. I should know by the end of March whether I get in or not. But finally I was courageous, took a risk, and feel “ready to be judged”.
I am very grateful for all of your support. Thank you to those who email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask about paintings or just say “hi”. Thank you to everyone who displays one of my works in their homes. Thank you to those that have hit the “like” button on my artist As You Wish Arts Facebook page ( I am at 250+ likes and counting!). Thank you for those that follow this blog and leave me comments below. I really appreciate each and every one of you for everything!