Princess Ka’iulani


princess ka'iulani

Victoria Ka’iulani, heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii, fought to restore her nation’s independence after the overthrown of the monarchy on January 17, 1893.  She traveled the States, arguing against annexation.  She met with President Grover Cleveland, who was impressed with her and brought her case before the Congress.

“Seventy years ago, Christian America sent over Christian men and women to give religion and civilization to Hawaii. Today, three of the sons of those missionaries are at your capitol asking you to undo their father’s work. Who sent them? Who gave them the authority to break the Constitution which they swore they would uphold? Today, I, a poor weak girl with not one of my people with me and all these ‘Hawaiian’ statesmen against me, have strength to stand up for the rights of my people. Even now I can hear their wail in my heart and it gives me strength and courage and I am strong – strong in the faith of God, strong in the knowledge that I am right, strong in the strength of seventy million people who in this free land will hear my cry and will refuse to let their flag cover dishonor to mine!”

Despite her efforts, in 1894 the Republic of Hawaii was established, and on August 12, 1898 Hawaii was annexed by the United States.

“When the news of Annexation came it was bitterer than death to me,” Princess Kaʻiulani, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “It was bad enough to lose the throne, but infinitely worse to have the flag go down…”

In 1898, she was caught in a storm while horseback riding, and came down with pneumonia. She died at the age of 23.  Her father said that since Hawaii was gone, it was fitting for her to go as well.


“One day at a time”

Onedayatatime_pencil This image popped into my mind this weekend at church.   I was very down and tired and just emotionally drained.  As I was praying that God would give me the strength to get through the day, this image came to me.

I sketched it in ArtRage with the pencil tool in about an hour and a half. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to just leave it as is, or to add color. I really liked how the sketch turned out, but I decided to go ahead and color it.

The sketch was done on a top layer, so I just started to lay the oils down underneath it to add the background. I used the big roller  brush to lay down a lot of color, and then smoothed out the rough parts using the palette knife.  Then I used the square oil brush.  Since I liked the sketch so much, I decided just to leave it visible as the top layer.

Here is the finished colored version.  I still can’t decide which one I like the best.

One day at a time

ArtRage 3.0: Oils

I’ve had ArtRage 2.6 for a while now, but just yesterday downloaded the 30 day trail of ArtRage 3.0 to try it out.  I was impressed with the new features, and really excited about the new watercolor brush.  But first, I played with the oils, testing out the new options.  Just to give you an idea of the changes, here is a side by side comparison of the screen from 2.6 and 3.0:

With version 2.6, I never really was able to get the hang of the way the oil paints blended together.  Whether this was user error, or a difficulty with the program, I keep me from using it for any full scale paintings.  I had fun using it for sketches and speed painting, but not for elaborate illustrations.  The fairy on the right was painted this way, in 2007.

I found that with the new settings in 3.0, it was much easier to create the effect I wanted with the oils.  Each brush comes with four presets that were helpful.  The palette knife also I has a lot of new nifty presets.  I really enjoyed working in the program.  I spend 2.5 hours on each of the small paintings below, and am really happy with the level of detail I was able to achieve.

blond girl Winter scape