Ultra art in downtown Honolulu

7 03 2018

The second floor lobby at Pauahi Tower in Honolulu, at 1003 Bishop Street, is home until August 3 for a selection of original fine art by local artists.

The location is convenient for downtown office workers who might walk over during lunch hour for some quiet visual meditation.

The lobby with its high ceilings and window walls lends itself to large pieces. Consider that my “large” contribution of “Royal Archival Banyan” in oil is hanging in a beautiful koa display case.

Display case features both two- and three-dimensional works.

Glass case containing 2D and 3D art reflects high-rise downtown parking garage for a fourth dimension.

Unusual art that caught my eye were a collage by David Friedman, and three smaller pieces: a fish and a couple of decorated fishing floats.

Collage art by David Friedman

Spheres, one a former fishing float.


Windward Artists Guild and Wendy Roberts organized the exhibit entitled Ultra Exhibit I. Katherine Love was the curator.

For information about purchasing any of the art, please email Wendy Roberts at wag@windwardartistsguild.org

If you go: Alii Place parking garage has reasonable fees. Enter from the right hand lane of Alakea street between King and Hotel streets. Pauahi Tower is one block from Alakea on Bishop street.



A show that celebrates peace and calm

6 01 2018

The Hoʻomaluhia New Year Invitational 2018 art show opened today with works depicting—you guessed it—Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden! At the base of the Koʻolau Mountains on Oʻahu, the park’s natural beauty is a “can’t miss” subject for any artist.

Go to the visitor center main gallery between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. any day this month through January 26 to view an inspired collection of works, including two of my oil paintings pictured below. Many are for sale. Greg Pai is the juror.

The public is invited to a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 14.

Hoʻomaluhia means “let’s make peace and tranquility.” Enter the park at the end of Luluku Road in Kāneʻohe.

Mahalo for taking an interest in art! ~ Rebekah

“Clouds Lifting Over Lanihuli” reveal fresh waterfalls. 20″x 16” oil on canvas by Rebekah Luke

“Rain Fantasy,” 24″ x 18″ oil on canvas by Rebekah Luke

Sunny rain

14 03 2015

This is the oil I’m working on now. A tiny diptych. Two times out on location en plein air. Somewhat of a limited palette. I like the looseness of a sketch. It’s not finished. Being careful to not overwork it. Not too likely since my painting hand has limited mobility from overuse. Sunny :-). Rain :-(.


“Sunny Rain” © 2015 Rebekah Luke


Feel lighter, spring forward

5 03 2014

Mercury is out of retrograde, I can tell. My spirit is better. I started to Spring-clean the studio today, de-cluttering and rearranging the furniture, props, and inventory to make room for something new, although I don’t know yet exactly what. It feels good. This happens every once in a while, usually after the Winter holiday, when my surroundings are such that I can barely move. It’s a good time to get rid of what no longer serves me, so I can turn the page, so to speak. I challenge you to take similar steps forward.

Rebekah's Studio 2014

I created a new desk area against this window for the first time! Studio props for my still life classes are out in the open for easy access. The desk is a six-foot folding plastic table dressed up with a soft, textured blanket. From here I enjoy cooling trade winds and a small view of the ocean.

A new print rack displays my repros professionally below "My Corniglia," an image I made of the Ligurian coastline. Studio props for my still life classes are out in the open for easy access.

“My Corniglia,” an image I made of the Ligurian coastline, hangs above a new print rack that displays my art reproductions professionally. DH built the tasteful picture frame that happens to be a design repeat of the hardwood chairs.

Copyright 2014 Rebekah Luke

Big, beautiful, colorful holiday gift ideas from me to you

28 11 2012

Perhaps this is the year you want to give something big and long-lasting to your special someone. I have an idea! How about a piece of fine art?

An oil painting that you like, for example, can be more affordable than you think and retains its value over time. It can brighten a home or office interior and bring cheer to the environment.

Most local artists and even art galleries are willing to negotiate retail prices and work with customers to allow them to purchase on layaway — in installments. Don’t be afraid to talk to the artist, ask questions, and perhaps move that item from your wish list to the reality of your collection!

Considering it’s holiday time, and everyone is marketing their wares, here’s some shameless “hard sell” on my part. I invite you to view my virtual gallery of paintings once again at https://rebekahstudio.wordpress.com/paintings/ and hope you’ll consider making a purchase or tell a friend. There are also a few in my retrospective collection that I could be persuaded to part with.

“Clouds Lifting Over Lanihuli”

Hawaiian places — places you have been or places where you’d rather be — are my favorite subject. Each painting is a one-of-a-kind original (sorry, I haven’t made any reproductions) and comes with a frame ready to hang.

Welcome Spring – 2010

Thank you so very much for your consideration! Happy holidays!

“Kuilima Cove”

Looking Down Upon the Path – 2008

A fresh look at the art of painting green

20 10 2010

Some painters claim they don’t know how to paint green. It must be why paintings of this hue are generally absent in the art galleries. In this post I’ll show how to paint green. With oil paint, the trick is to change your base color.

I love green. “Banyan in the Park” and “White Ginger,” two of my most recent paintings, are predominantly green. Looking at them gives me a feeling of calm, coolness, and serenity. More so, I can recall the satisfying experience of choosing the images and transferring them to canvas. I can smell the sweet scent of the ginger patch.

Banyan in the Park

White Ginger

Painting green is no secret, it’s a technique. As mentioned, it’s all about changing your base, your base being a yellow or a blue because yellow plus blue equals green. In the field, I still use a color chart I made when I took my first painting classes. Someday I’ll paint a new one!

My green color chart on canvas paper, a bit ragged but still useful!

You can make a chart like this too. Use a palette knife. Put a swatch of each of your yellows in the top row. Down the left column, dab a swatch of each of your blues, including black if you use black. The greens in the body of the chart are the result of mixing a blue with a yellow. For each combination of the two colors, I have added white two times to get a “light,” “middle tone,” and “dark” of the same hue. See how many different greens there are!

When I am on location, I literally walk up to the object—e.g., a leaf—and find the swatch on my color chart that most closely matches it, eliminating any guess-work. If the object is in the distance, I hold up my palette knife—with paint on it—in the air in front the object and squint to see if the hue and value (lightness or darkness) match. When you paint a green scene, step back for a moment now and then. If it’s starting to look all the same, maybe it’s time to change your base to “find” another green.

Going a step further beyond the colors on the chart:

To lighten, “warm it in the light,” that is, add the next lighter yellow from your palette plus a little white. To darken, “cool it in the shade,” that is, add the next darker blue from your palette.

This technique of warming it in the light and cooling it in the shade is known as “analogous,” meaning to use the next color on the color wheel. In the way I paint, I prefer analogous to “complementary.” Adding the complement—the color opposite on the color wheel—to a color will also darken, but it will also appear comparatively chalky. Put another way, if I want to darken green, I add blue, not red.

If you are still with me ;-), here are a couple of exceptions.  When painting a landscape, colors become muted and lighter in value in the distance. In this case the painter would choose complements. Realize, also, that whenever you see gray, use the complement.

I learned these tips from my teachers Gloria Foss, Vicky Kula, and Peter Hayward who taught us how to turn the form and about the logic of light.

Thank you!

Copyright 2010 Rebekah Luke

Seven island artists paint and show works at Ho‘omaluhia

3 08 2010

Our “If it’s Thursday, it must be Ho‘omaluhia!” public exhibit of paintings opens today at Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden visitor center and extends to August 30, 2010. The show displays the works of local artists Alex Weinstein, K.Y. Lum, Naomi Weinstein, Noreen Naughton, Richard Guy, Val Saban, and yours truly Rebekah Luke. The collection looks great!

Photo of me by Noreen Naughton

Every Thursday for the past 10 years, more or less, our group has painted in the peaceful landscape that is Ho‘omaluhia, located at Luluku, at the base of the majestic Ko‘olau mountains in windward Oahu. We come from different backgrounds and for different reasons to enjoy the garden and each other’s friendship.

This the first exhibit of paintings for four of our group. All but one of the 42 works in oil and acrylic may be purchased, with prices ranging from $75 to $2,800. Most prices are reasonable and realistic for original art, so it’s a good opportunity to start or add to your collection. Interested buyers should contact the artists directly (lay away plan of installments considered), as no sales transactions are permitted on the city property.

How we met (excerpt from catalog)

In the 1990s, art professor Noreen Naughton frequented Europe with summer abroad courses. K.Y. Lum, a psychiatrist, and his wife took the “Drawing in Italy” tour, visiting Rome and Tuscany to take in Renaissance art in hill towns and obscure churches. When they went a second time to Italy, Naomi and Alex Weinstein joined Noreen’s group. Alex, an architect, is a good sketcher, and Naomi, a retired educator, was a ceramist.

They all went with Noreen again to paint in France, “Following the Path of the Impressionists” from Amsterdam to Paris.

K. Y. Lum

Naomi Weinstein

Alex Weinstein

Richard Guy

When they returned to Hawai‘i they continued to paint with Noreen in the landscape. Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden became a favorite venue. K.Y. and the Weinsteins are the only ones from Noreen’s original group who continue to paint together on Thursdays.

The others: Val Saban, former international trader and industrialist, lives in the same building as K.Y., and the two swim together.

Rebekah Luke (that’s me) who studied painting with the late Gloria Foss, and K.Y. are first cousins. Richard Guy, retired chief justice of Washington state and a local arbitrator and mediator, joined the group after being introduced by Naomi who is in the same book club as his wife.

Val Saban

Noreen Naughton

If you go (and we hope you will)

The park entrance is located at the end of Luluku Road in Kaneohe, Oahu. The art will be on view every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through August 30, 2010.  Exception: The park is closed on Aug. 6 and 27.

Thursday is the theme. You can meet the artists at a punch-and-cookies reception on Thursday, August 5, from noon to 2 p.m. Most of us will be there on the other Thursdays in August in the mornings only.

Allow time to enjoy the rest of Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden’s plants, trails, picnic areas, lake, camp sites, and overall Hawaiian tropical scenery.

Thanks for visiting!

Copyright 2010 Rebekah Luke

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