Life Drawing Workshop – 11/26/17


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Caught something during this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Got the coughs and runny nose but I’ve been taking Echinasea Goldenseal and I think it has kept my cold in check. My co-worker was turned on to this by his hippie friends and he in turn told me the benefits of Echinasea Goldenseal. The trick is, though, is to take it immediately at the onset when you start to feel the scratchy throat and runny nose.

So I woke up this morning and it had been raining and it’s wet all over the island. But I needed to get out of the house and start getting back to a regular routine that I was familiar with so I decided to go to the figure drawing workshop.

I got to talk about art and socialize with my artist friends. The model was late but it turned out to be a pretty good drawing session.

Below is a 20 minute two-color charcoal drawing on tone paper.

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Koa Gallery Miniature Art Show 2017


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I submitted one painting for the Koa Gallery Miniature Art Show at Kapiolani Community College. The show is from November 16 to December 16, 2017. This is just the second year I’ve participated in this show.

I still have a little difficulty coming up with paintings at such a small size but I’ll try to put in more effort for next year. The maximum size is 9″ x 12″ but I heard from some other artists that they want to go smaller to about 5″ x 7″.

Below is my miniature painting. Couldn’t come up with an original title so I just called it Crow.

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Life Drawing Workshop 11/5/17


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Beautiful young black model today with bright shining eyes. Probably still new at modeling. Her poses were not a dynamic as some of the older, more experienced models we’ve had but she was still a very good subject.

Below is a 20 minute pose, which I worked on for another 10 minutes after the pose was done.

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Below is an earlier warmup 2 minute pose with ink and brush.

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New Painting: Dragonflies & Butterflies


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The inspiration for a painting can come in many different ways to an artist. For landscape artist, they see a beautiful scenery that they’d want to put down on paper or canvas. Others may want to just express themselves or make a statement through their art.

I get my ideas in many different ways. I’ll usually sketch these ideas first with a pen on paper. It will sometimes evolve and maybe transform through the painting process but there’s still the general idea behind it.

For my painting, Dragonflies and Butterflies, it came about from these two books (and authors) that I’ve been reading. The first book that I read was called Nothing In this Book Is True, But It’s Exactly How Things Are by the author Bob Frissell.

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The author talks about the many dimensional levels in existence. We are of course in the third dimension and he says humanity will eventually ascend to the fourth dimension and on up the higher levels.

This book led me to another book called The Ancient Secret Of The Flower Of Life by Drunvalo Melchizedek.

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Drunvalo Melchizedek was the source of information for Bob Frissell about the multi-dimensional levels. Drunvalo Melchizedek claims to be a Melchizedek, a higher being in one of the many orders of God’s celestial beings. According to the author there was an exchange where the original occupant of the body of Drunvalo Melchizedek left the body and a Melchizedek walked in to the body that was vacated by the original owner.

Melchizedeks have the ability to travel through all the many different dimensional levels. In the case of Drunvalo Melchizedek he is now subject to the limitations of a human being since he’s now in a material human form. His memory of his prior existence has slowly faded away.  Drunvalo Melchizedek is a spiritual teacher in the US and is very well known among spiritual seekers. Is he what he claims to be? We may never know.

On another note, there’s also a third book I’m reading called The Urantia Book.

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It’s not connected to the other two books but I’m mentioning it since The Urantia Book also talk about the Melchizedeks. Supposedly there are five Melchizedeks of the Melchizedek order assigned to help oversee our world, though not in human form but invisible to us. In our distant past, there was a personality called Machiventa Melchizedek that took the human form and spread the word of God and his teaching influenced Abraham. He sort of paved the way for the arrival of Jesus by keeping alive the belief of one God through his teachings and spreading it throughout the world with his missionaries.

I’ve found another inspiration for a painting from The Urantia Book but that is a blog for another day. Now back to the original topic of this blog.

I’m reading about multi-dimensional levels and it is explained as very similar to the musical scale. According to Drunvalo Melchizedek and Bob Frissell there are twelve dimensional levels and in between each dimensional levels are another twelve levels called overtones. That would make it a total of 144 dimensional levels. You can see it in this illustration I pulled off from Nothing In This Book Is True, But It’s Exactly How Things Are.


While I was sketching out new ideas for a painting in my sketchbook I was reflecting about the things I read from these books about the different dimensional levels and idea took hold and I did several sketches. The idea was that the branches represented the musical bar lines and the dragonflies and butterflies represented the musical notes. On another level, the branches represented the dimensional levels and the dragonflies and butterflies represented ascending souls or beings. The thorns on the branches represent the difficulty of ascending to the next dimensional level. They are obstructions, whatever they may be, that prevents a soul from advancing to the next level.

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So that’s how my painting Dragonflies and Butterflies came to be.

The painting started off in a different style but then I changed it to what it is now. I’m into using a golden yellow palette with a minimum of colors at this time.

I submitted it to the Pamana Art Exhibit at the Honolulu Hale and it’s now part of the exhibit. The show runs from October 4 to October 26, 2017.

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Pamana Art Show 2017


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I have two paintings in the Pamana Art Show. This juried art show is held by the Asia-Pacific Arts Consortium (A-PAC). It will be held at the 1st Floor Courtyard of Honolulu Hale. The art exhibit will be held from October 2 – October 27, 2017.

Below are my two paintings. The first is called Dragonflies and Butterflies. The second painting is called Spear Fisherman.

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Life Drawing Workshop – 9/17/17


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Back to the life drawing workshop again. Got a beautiful model. I noticed something though. I did a couple of twenty minute drawings of her in profile view. Then on her third 20 minute pose she was facing me. I thought her facial features were just totally different from what I saw in her profiles. Normally, there’s an easy recognizable resemblance from profile to frontal but I just thought she looked like a completely different person in her profile and front pose.

Below are three 20 minute poses done in aux deux crayons manner on tone paper.

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Life Drawing Workshop – 7/22/17


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I missed the last two life drawing workshops but I tried to make up for it by going to Croquis Cafe on YouTube to draw from their models. The poses are actually timed. There are 1 minute poses, 2 minute poses, and then a final 5 minute pose. It’s pretty close to actually being there.

However, I was able to go today and draw live at the Sunday workshop at our local university. It beats drawing from a computer monitor.

Below are a couple of 2 minute warm up poses drawn with sumi ink, brush, and wooden chopstick.

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This is a 20 minute pose drawn with the aux deux crayon style.

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