Thursday, July 14, 2016

Etsy Mini

Hoping to open my Etsy shop by the end of September.  Here is a Etsy Mini widget.

Grace Hudson Museum

The gift shop at Grace Hudson Museum is now carrying my AliiTasiStudio greeting cards!!! Yay for me!!!

Wikipeida has this to say; The Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, California is adjacent to the Sun House where artist Grace Hudson and her husband resided until their deaths. The house and museum are owned and operated by the city of Ukiah.
Returning to California, Grace and John Hudson lived the rest of their days leading a modest bohemian lifestyle of collecting, traveling, field work, reading, entertaining, photography and painting based in The Sun House in Ukiah, a Craftsman-style California bungalow they designed and had built of redwood in 1911. The Hopi sun symbol was adopted by the Hudsons as their family symbol; the Sun House displays the emblem prominently over the door. John Hudson died there in 1936.
With no children of her own, Grace Hudson left The Sun House and its land to her nephew, Mark Carpenter. Carpenter preserved the house and its 30,000 collected objects for posterity, giving it to the City of Ukiah which operates the house and the adjoining Grace Hudson Museum. Today, the Sun House is California Historical Landmark #926, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Sun House and Museum are within the 4-acre (16,000 m2) Hudson-Carpenter city park. The museum's website says of Grace Hudson that "...her work enjoys renewed interest and recognition for its fine and sympathetic portrayals of native peoples."[3]

If you are interested you can check out the Grace Hudson Museum facebook page here.  Grace painted the local Pomo Indians for years and developed a fine relationship with them.  Her paintings are beautiful!!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Siapo Desgin Greeting Cards

What I've been up to lately!  Greeting Cards!! I have created some greeting cards that are near and dear to my heart. 

They will be available at my brand new Esty shop called AliiTasiStudio, opening at the end of September 2016.  

My greeting cards are one of a kind. There are no two exactly alike. In this series they are hand made from recycled tea bags and stamped with my hand carved stamps using archival inks.  Each tea bag is a piece of signed original art.  

I was inspired to create these cards by my Samoan ancestors and from living with Siapo hanging on the wall of my bedroom as a child.  They are reminiscent of traditional hand pounded Siapo, also known as Tapa, made from Mulberry Tree bark.  There is a long history of Polynesian Tapa in Oceania.  Siapo was/is used as an element of value, given at Births, Weddings, Funerals and important ceremonial gatherings involving High Talking Chiefs and Village Chiefs..  I would love to include you in the tradition of giving Siapo as a valued gift.  I offer these artworks in the form of greeting cards so that you may also give Siapo. Left blank inside for your own creativity!
The cards and envelopes include Environmental Certifications from Forest Stewardship (FSC), Rainforest Alliance, Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), and World Wildlife Foundation.  They are made from 10% post consumer waste. 

Here are a few photos.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

gearing up for finals

Haven't had lots of time to devote to posting my work here lately.  This is the last leg of the Acrylics class and we have been painting Plein Air.  We took an over night field trip and stayed in the old Coast Guard Field Station at Point Arena.  It is a pristine property owned by Mendocino College and until now has been used only for the Science and Oceanography Departments.  It has four houses, each with three bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen and living room fully stocked for over night stays with the exception of linens. Our class had a total blast cooking and painting together.  We would love to do it again next semester.

I have all but the four small paintings we did at the coast.  I've been waiting to get them back but they will be on display until the end of the semester and that's another two weeks.  I will show first what I started out with and what I've done after the trip, both outdoors and in the studio.

One of my many set ups at Point Arena

The challenges of Plein Air!

Reducing to simple shapes and using a limited color scheme.
The opposite!

Simplifying brush strokes.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Photo of Original

My cousin made a good point yesterday.  She was not familiar with this particular painting of Van Gogh's.  So asked me to post a photo of the original painting.    It's from the book, The Sunflowers Are Mine; The Story of an Gogh's Masterpiece by Martin Bailey.  So here it is from page 53.

Then here is my copy painting.  For some reason the photo of this is much bluer than in real life.  

 Here's a photo from the classroom.  Not finished yet but a better representation of the color.  And also here you can see my copy and the photo from the book together.

Friday, April 15, 2016

All Done with Master Painter Project

So here is the final look to this canvas.  I swear I will not do any more painting on this canvas.  I'm done! 

Really loved working a Vincent Van Gogh, but when I researched his life I got depressed.   The only reason to keep going was for the Sunflowers!  This is the first painting in the series of four from Arles.  It's called The Three Sunflowers.  After the series was done Vincent painted 3 more of the last painting in this series called.

I will proudly hang this painting on my wall.

A full shot from the back yard thinking that the light was better, however it looks a little blue.

 A detail of the lower left.

Detail of the lower right.


Upper right

Finishing Up

Just a few more details and I'm done!!

This photo was taken in the class room and has so much more light than my room. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Masters Project, Next Step

Now I'm add the preliminary color.
More later!  I will be making adjustments all along the way.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


It's the Annual Student Art Show at the Mendocino Gallery.  I got one of my 16x20 painting accepted for the show.  It opens April 21, 2016.

This painting is a mixed media on canvas and I call it Gaia.
Sorry none of the photos of this painting are very good but I did add a couple of shots to show some of the detail.

I used molding paste with stencils, deli papers printed on a gelli plate, packing tape also printed on a gelli plate, old book pages, found objects to apply paint and various combs.  It was a lot of fun and a learning experience!


This new assignment is to copy a famous artist.  Since I have always loved Sunflower's I couldn't resist Van Gogh.  I was lucky enough to see some of his original painting last time they were at the De Young Museum in San Francisco.  I remember just starring at Starry Night.  It was a little tiny  painting but in contrast had very thick paint.  I choose The Three Sunflowers, a painting that has been kept in private collections and not as well known as the others.  The Six Sunflowers, unfortunately was destroyed in the Hiroshima atom bombing.  Fourteen Sunflowers and Sixteen Sunflowers are the most famous of Van Gogh's second series of Sunflowers painted while he lived in the little yellow house in Arles, France.  I almost changed my mind about doing Vincent Van Gogh because just doing the research of his life was depressing, but the sunflowers drew me in! 

This is the under painting;
More later!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Next Phase in Acrylics

Well! We've been keeping very busy. We made our own stretched canvases.  Prepared them for painting by putting on three coats of Gesso and sanding in between each dried coat. 

Then we did 4 thumbnail charcoal sketches of 4 different perspectives of a still life.  I'm showing the one I finally decided to use.

Then we did the under painting using our sketches to show value

and now we are adding color.   

This is what I have so far.  Still very much enjoying this class.


Saturday, February 27, 2016

Acrylics So Far!

I'm so lucky to have a fabulous teacher! She is so learned on the subject of painting with acrylics and oils. I swear she knows EVERYTHING!!

I've have so many realizations in her class and am really enjoying the many challenges she offers.  Here is some stuff so far.

This is where we started after creating a grey scale then a scale in umber.
A monochrome painting.

Then we set up for a Blue and Orange Painting


Here I'm formulating the idea.  It really doesn't look like much.

This is not the final painting.  Haven't taken a photo of the final but the shadow is much better.


We also did scales for Blue and Orange. Then we did a full on Color Wheel.

Next we moved on to Red and Green or Yellow and Violet.  I was still working on my scales for Yellow and Violet so this was all that was left in the props box.  So I got Yellow and Violet.

Then the fun started with introducing Glazing Medium.  So we played with glazing medium on our monochrome paintings.

Just when I felt like I was building a little confidence. She introduced Gel Medium.  I really like the gel medium because it allows for blending on the canvas but has a totally different feel on the brush and will take some getting used to. 

Then finally we used Gel Medium and painted exclusively with paint knifes!  Way different feel but a whole lot of fun!! 

Any way I'm loving life right now and learning so much.  My creativity is taking off and I do have other things that I have been working on to show you. So I will sign off for now.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Taking another art class.  This time Acrylics.  It's a great class with lots of other students who are a year or more ahead of me.  A mixed group of great artists.  I know its not much right now but I have lots more work to do.  Loving the class!