Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Seeking Joy

Seeking Joy, Acrylic, 8x8"
© 2015 Fannie Narte

During those stormy days,
sometimes it's enough
just to feel joyful and 
"Thank You."

Thank You!

Friday, June 26, 2015


Aloha, pigment inks and powder
© 2015 Fannie Narte

You are loved

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Courage, Love Notes/Bookmark

Courage, Love Notes/Bookmark, 2.5" x 5.5"
© 2015 Fannie Narte

I love words.  Spoken or sung, words are powerful.  Words can heal hearts and offer inspiration.

Courage to Be

Courage to stand

Courage to wait

You can find these in my Etsy Shop.

Share love, joy and cheer with a Love Note . . .

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Hokulani, Stars from Heaven, Quilt

Hokulani, Stars from Heaven, Quilt, 21" x 21"
© 2015 Fannie Narte

This quilt was hand pieced using dark blue, light blue, red and pink cotton fabrics. The background is a tone-on-tone off-white cotton fabric, and the entire piece was hand quilted. The blue binding was machine stitched to the front and hand stitched to the back.

Hokulani is a Hawaiian word that means Stars from Heaven or Heavenly Stars. Its name is inspired by our voyaging canoe, the "Hokulea," and the stars who guided the navigation of its first voyage, the voyages of our Polynesian ancestors, and the voyages that continue today. 

The Hokulea and its voyages have come to represent many things to the Hawaiian people. At its core is the idea of our connection to all things, all people. In addition, it is a symbol of the seemingly impossible things that can be accomplished through the dedicated work and commitment from many hands. To me, the Hokulea represents "Aloha," the love, gratitude and wisdom of the ancients.

It was a joy to make this quilt.  I may make another Hokulani quilt using fabrics of other colors, maybe using batiks, my favorite fabric; Hokulani 2, Hokulani 3 . . .

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Royal Companion--A Peacock Purse

Blue and Red Peacock Cross-Body Purse
© 2014 Fannie Narte

New item added to my Etsy shop.  

Stippling the background took some time, and I think it was worth every second.  The tiny quilting gently pushes the peacock forward, and he becomes the focal point--the star.  Of course, a king needs to be properly dressed, so I had  to give him a crown by adding three light blue Swarovski crystals to its head.  To emphasize his beautiful cloak of feathers, I randomly added nine irridescent Swarovski crystals.

This was a fun project.  I bought other amazing Asian fabrics featuring cranes and fans, which I will turn into more "royal" purses.  Stay tuned . . .


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A day at the Beach

A day at the Beach, Watercolor Sketch, 9"x12"
© 2015 Fannie Narte

What a better way to experience joy!  A day at the beach at Mauna Lani with a good friend and good conversation always equals a good time.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mornng at the Gift Shop

Morning at the Gift Shop, Watercolor Sketch, 9"x12"
© 2015 Fannie Narte

Watercolor artist Lian Quan Zhen says, "Paint what you want to see, not what you see."  Freedom for artistic license.

This is what I want to see . . . all the colors of the rainbow . . . at the Gift Shop at Hulihe'e Palace.