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Aloha Friends,
 As this new year is begins my wish for you is that you hold tight the vision of your wonderful future. Imagine it's a year from now and you're looking back on 2021. You can hug your loved ones and the world is healing and thriving. From now till then let's do some extra acts of kindness and whatever it takes to keep each other strong.

The kid in the picture above is 20 year old me with my first airbrushed surfboard "Sea Horse". It was recently sent to me by my hero airbrush artist Jeanie Chesser.

The Art Tip this time is on "Reflections". I'll be talking about paint, but you know I'll be thinking of reflections of the retrospective kind.

The New Makapu’u Lighthouse T- Shirts and Mugs came out really nice. I'll give a shout out to the local companies that printed them in the letter below.

The New Release painting is "Hanalei Bay View". It features the scenic view of Kauai's most magical places.

The Painting In Paradise episode this time is on Shearwaters and Hawaii's endangered seabirds. You can watch it and other episodes on my Youtube channel with the link in this letter. Next Month's episode is on Sharks so send me your shark art soon and I'll try and include it in the show.

I think you’ll really enjoy our Favorite Photos for this New Year's edition. I wish for you a great start to your new beginning.
With Aloha,


Art Tip

Reflection and Reflecting
For painters, the reflections we see in nature can add a whole new dimension to the paintings we create. Because we do not always have a great photograph of the reflections we want to include in our art, we  often have to rely on our own understanding of how reflections should look.

Such was the case when I painted the reflections in "Hanalei Revisited". I did not have a photo of the reflections and there was no rainbow in my reference pictures either.

Here's some things to be aware of when painting reflections:
The things in the reflection should appear directly below the things they reflect. For instance the mountain peaks and shadows should align vertically. Also, be aware that the reflections won't show things that are out of the reflective view, like the trees beneath the rainbow. 

When I paint reflection on water I try not to create lumps or raised edges of my brush strokes. If I use any texture it is usually in areas that are above the water. I can create a soft, slightly blurry look to the reflections using a soft, wide brush if I am using a slow drying paint like oils or Genesis paint.

The best advice I can give on painting reflections is to study them at every opportunity. Notice the things that most folks don't pay attention to.

Finally, on the subject of reflection, take some time to look back on how you did things before and think of what you'll do to improve the future.

"Seeing The Light"

"Lighthouses are meant to be seen". My friend reminded me of this when I told him we were adding color to the original 100th Anniversary Makapu'u Lighthouse T shirt designed by myself and line artist Nick Black. 

Above is Dean Hayward, one of the last people to take care of the light through the Coast Guard Auxiliary. When Dean came to get his new shirt, he was wearing his old shirt which we created in 2009 during the centennial celebration we held for the lighthouse at Naturally Hawaiian Gallery in Waimānalo. 

Below: Dean with his original Centennial shirt from 2009.


 Are printed in Hawaii by JCS in Halawa. They are available in Men's White and Charcoal Heather, and Women's Turquoise and Charcoal Heather.
You can see the styles and colors and Order Shirts Here.

Painting In Paradise TV Show 

Seabirds that Burrow
In this episode we learn about Hawaii’s burrowing seabirds like the wedge-tailed shearwaters who are known for their cries that sound like…well,… like babies!
I’ll show you how to draw a shearwater and even how to sound like one. Then I’ll  show you some painting techniques I used to paint endangered seabirds for the new Conservation Council for Hawaii Poster. All this and more on a shearly amazing episode of Painting in Paradise!
Hawaii is home to several kinds of seabirds, including petrels and shearwaters, that feed in the ocean and nest in burrows, some of them way high in the mountains. Outside of their breeding season, these birds are pelagic living out on the open seas.
From the time they are able to fly, they live over the open ocean for the first several years of their lives. When they are old enough to breed they return to land where they dig their burrows, mate and lay just a single egg. When the chick hatches, both male and female parents feed out at sea and return to feed their food to their chick. These meals consist of fish, squid and small crustaceans.

Shearwaters do not drink fresh water. They get their water from the sea and have desalinization glands that separate the salt from the water. The excess salt is then released through the tubular nostrils on their beaks.

The endangered Newel's Shearwater is called a’o. It is a strikingly colored bird with black and white feathers and bright pink feet. These birds are endangered and they often fall from the sky due to bright lights that disorient them.

Each year rescue stations are placed throughout the state for people to drop off shearwaters that have landed and have had a hard time taking off.
The birds are let to rest and released in places where bright lights are minimal.
*if you find a seabird in need of help there is a list of contact numbers to call on the Painting in Paradise Shearwaters Episode on my Youtube Channel.
(Or just look at the picture below:)

 *Teachers - Each Episode is like a Class on Art and Natural History and includes a Teachable Drawing Lesson.

*Sharks are the subject of the next Painting in Paradise episode so if you have a shark drawing or painting you'd like to send me soon I'll include it in the show. You can download this color book art at
Here Today, GONE TO MAUI

By the time you read this, I'll be painting. On Maui. So very thankful to be painting some murals for the new Hawai'i Wildlife Discovery Center in Whaler's Village Ka'anapali.

To the right is Hannah Bernard of Hawai'i Wildlife Fund who, in partnership with Whaler's Village and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
is creating the discovery center.

If you read the sign you'll see this project was scheduled to be completed in "early 2020". We'll...we all know what happened to our plans for the year 2020. I'm just stoked I get to be with my Maui friends again and look forward to doing my best to make people smile while they learn about Hawaiian wildlife.


NOAA Artist in Residence

This just released from NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary: 

NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary has named world famous marine artist Patrick Ching as 2021-2022 Sanctuary Artist in Residence.  

“I am thankful and honored to be the Sanctuary Artist in Residence,” Ching said. “I look forward to working to make good things happen that will support the goals of NOAA's Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.”

The Sanctuary Artist in Residence recognizes a professional artist who works with the sanctuary to help further their mission of protection for humpback whales in Hawaiian waters. Previous artists who have donated their time, energies and art expertise to help promote the sanctuary and its work include American contemporary artist Robert Lyn Nelson. 

"We are honored, thrilled and excited about working with someone of Patrick Ching's caliber,” said Allen Tom, superintendent of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. “As an artist, his work is instantly recognized throughout Hawai‘i, and as a naturalist/biologist he has a unique understanding of the importance and significance of marine and terrestrial wildlife" 

Throughout 2021, Patrick will work on a number of projects including hosting a webinar for teachers and students on how to draw Hawaiian marine wildlife, a marine wildlife mural on Kauai and possibly a visit to neighbor island communities of Molokai and Lanai where the sanctuary has pre-existing partnerships with community groups.  Activities will remain flexible, depending on restrictions presented by COVID-19.

In March 2021, the sanctuary, in conjunction with the Waikiki Aquarium, will host a two day Ocean Classroom Teachers workshop. A webinar will follow, which will be hosted by Patrick with lessons on how to draw marine wildlife. 

The sanctuary is administered by a partnership of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the State of Hawai‘i through the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR). The sanctuary works to protect humpback whales through research, education, conservation and stewardship. Join us on Facebook.

On the web:

NEW Release
"Hanalei Bay View"

The majestic view of Hanalei Bay looking across fields of green and blue toward the distant peak of Mount Makana. This painting was done in a painterly style with the fond aloha for this place I resided for many years. If you look closely you may see a couple of buffalo in the fields below.

Canvas Gicle'es and Prints of "Hanalei Bay Watch" are available at

Kimo's Christmas Adventures
This season was fun bringing Kimo out to play. He has been our famous horse since 1996 when he greeted folks at Naturally Hawaiian Gallery in Waimānalo.

This year I painted him up and took him to share some joy at some of my favorite spots.

Kimo gets his winter coat!

Back to his Palomino colors.

Visiting Sandy Beach and Keoki Fraser, Principal of 'Aikahi School.

With KITV's TJ Horgan

At the new Kalapawai in Waimānalo.

Gail and Kimo's Christmas clothes.


Favorite Photos 

There is no elevator to your goals...You have to Take the Steps.

Enjoy your favorite brew with the morning light.

Kimo and Friends at the Waimānalo Market.

Kimo gettin' down at home at Stan and Janys' Makiki Carriage House.

Jennifer doing shearwater calls. Our recent episodes have been livened up by animation by Twiddle Productions.

Sometimes I just get a case of the sushi blues...

The light inside the twelve foot tall hyper-radient Makapu'u lens.

On Kauai, a blessing accompanies the release of the a’o into the wild. Kumu Sabra Kauka helps a young a’o take flight.

Aloha, till we hui hou...

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