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Kung Hee Fat Choy Friends,
Happy Chinese New Year of the Ox.

Here we are in winter again. Remember when we were kids and we counted the years by how many Christmases we had? In those days we could count our summers and winters on our fingers.  I just thought I’d have you remember some childhood moments and I hope you are smiling when you do. 

On that note I’m showing an old News story that Ron Mizutani did on my friend Jeff Pagay and me back when we first published the book “How Fo’ Surf”. The photo above is of Jeff Pagay and me at a book signing for our books at Ward Center.  You can download and print the book on your own from my website.

The Art Tip this time is on Painting Waves.

I’m grateful to be selected as NOAA’s Artist in Residence recently and working hard on the murals for the new Wildlife Discovery center on Maui.

The New Makapu’u Lighthouse T- Shirts and Mugs are popular and some sizes have sold out but more are on their way.

The featured Painting In Paradise episode this time is on Sharks.
The new February episode is on Painting Waves and after that,
Painting the Hawaiian canoe.

I hope you smile like a kid when reading this letter and seeing the pictures of art and expression.
With thanks and Aloha from me,


Art Tip

Painting Waves
The painting above is called "Waimānalo Shore Break". Learning to paint waves is a great thing for an artist to do, no matter how experienced we are, there is always more to learn from the surf.

Most of learning to paint waves is learning to see them like an artist. Pay attention to what is below the surface, the deep dark color of the ocean and its floor, what is on top of the water, and the reflections of its surroundings.
Get to know how waves suck up and throw over. And what happens next with the white water. If you’re a surfer then you’ll already be familiar with the anatomy of a wave, but there is always more you can notice:
 the way the wave casts a shadow beneath it and inside the tube. Notice the colors of the reflections and ask yourself what they are reflecting.
The best homework is to get out there in the surf and get to know waves from every angle. The next best way to learn is to get my Painting Waves online video which I'm offering Free this month to anyone who orders anything from my website  

February Special FREE Online Wave Painting Lesson 

Learn to paint a wave.
Once you understand the anatomy of a wave you can paint all kinds of waves.
For a Limited time you can get one of my most popular video lessons on Painting Waves FREE by Purchasing Anything on my website

*If you like the way I show you all my techniques there are many more lessons to choose from, or better yet, Get em All!


Revenge of "How Fo' Surf"
(Ancient TV)

In the 1970's two high school friends created a book. But the teacher made them scrub it off the desk.
This is their story... later, we scrubbed it off the desk, put it into book form, and published it. It was a big hit for many years cause the information in it was basic and easy to understand, especially with the cartoons Jeff and I did.
The book is hosted by Palaka Joe, A character I been drawing since the second grade.
The late Wahine surfer Rell Sunn did a beautiful introduction.
How Fo Surf, shows you the anatomy of a wave, and the things you need to know to learn how to ride them.
It is written in Pidgeon English cause both Jeff and I had a hard time spelling regular English.
It also has some of the unwritten laws of surfing, but those of course,
…are unwritten.

All I Can Say is:
CLICK HERE if you wanna Watch and Laugh

NOAA Artist in Residence

Below is a Press release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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

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" 

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.

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Lighthouse Shirts and Mugs

The largest lighthouse lens in use today is at Makapu'u on the island of O'ahu.  The twelve foot tall Hyperradiant Fresnel lens is perched in its majesty overlooking Makapu'u and Waimānalo.

"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. 


 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.

Maui Murals Under Way  

I'm very thankful to be painting some murals for the new Hawai'i Wildlife Discovery Center in Whaler's Village Ka'anapali.

Hawai'i Wildlife Fund, in partnership with Whaler's Village and NOAA,
is creating the discovery center.

 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.
 The murals will be completed in March and I'll let you know when you can see them soon.

Painting In Paradise TV Show 

Featured Episode: Hawaii's Sharks 
 In this episode we’ll get to know about sharks, which in Hawaii, are known as Manō. The painting above of a tiger shark is titled "Reef Guardian".

Hawaii’s Sharks are an integral part of our ocean ecosystem. Not only are they at the top of the food chain as super stealthy predators, but they are just as beautiful as they are important. Sharks play a major role in maintaining balance in the sea; targeting the sick, injured, slower and weaker marine animals and fish. Some species occasionally bite people but it is probable that humans are not their preferred food. All I can say is that when you are in the ocean itʻs best to have good thoughts of respect and aloha for your fellow beings.
Sharks play an integral role in Hawaiian culture. They are a respected and revered being who many Hawaiians regard as family guardians or ‘aumakua.
*You can watch the episode on sharks as well as other episodes of Painting in Paradise here on Patrick Ching Youtube 

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

 *You can download color book art like this at

Kauai Family Magazine's 
Artist of the Month

Congratulations to Kyra of Chiefess Kamakahelei School , the winner of Kauai Family Magazine's Holiday Art Contest. She drew and colored this beautiful painting of the Kīlauea Lighthouse and will receive a complimentary Honu and Hina book.
I've been honored to have contributed drawing lessons for their art contests since their start ten years ago. Mahalo and congratulations to publisher Crissy Shecter and all the contributors to the Magazine.

To see and receive this award winning magazine, visit

The Gift of Learning


On the way to the end of the road at Ha’ena, Kaua’i, is a new learning center created by former Hanalei Elementary School teacher Karla Rowan and supported by other community members.

Makana Learning Center is indeed a gift to the rural north shore of Kaua’i that faced the 2018 catastrophic flooding and disruption to schooling. Now, the common challenges all families and students face doing school online and at home, make centers like this even more essential and valuable. 

I was happy to  design the sign that the students actually painted. It includes the elements that are important to the area and people of Kaua’i. Mount Makana for its majesty and strength, waves for their power and beauty, sky and rainbows for hope, kalo for connection to ancestors and sustenance, coconut tree for knowing together we can feed, cloth, protect one another, canoe, reef, and fish as our way of life and stewardship, and manu ‘iwa for grace and resilience. 

The word Makana, in Hawaiian, means "gift". Makana Learning Center is a free service to students through grade 12 and provides food as well. Art is offered twice a week. The contributions in time, talent, supplies, and funds by over 30 local individuals and organizations has made this endeavor possible. The students have made it a success!

Artist In Search of Residence

Looking for my next Studio in Paradise

In my life I've been fortunate to live in such beautiful places. For what I do it's important for me to be at the sea. Lately I've lived in places on the beach that are for sale, and eventually there comes a time to move on. I'm so thankful to Mike, The Wilds, and Mrs. Horn having me at your places.

If any of you have an awesome place for me and you want a good tenant, who understands what's important, please get in touch with me. I prefer Waimānalo or O'ahu island for now. I have skills, and good references. Mahalo 

Favorite Photos 

Painting the sign for Makana learning Center, Kaua'i.

From the book HAWAII the First 30 Years of Statehood.
Honolulu Advertiser. When I was the Young Artist.

A freshly painted seal eyes its favorite color.

Watching the Tigers eat birds on an island that no longer exists...

I don't know if this is an ox,
But it's the last thing I remember...

Makapu'u's twelve foot tall hyperuadient lens. A story on this next month.

Maria painted Nāpali Coast with paint pens on her phone case. So Good!

View and Download the book Free at

Aloha, till we hui hou...

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