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.


Thursday, March 12, 2015


Ageless, Watercolor Sketch, 9x12
© 2015 Fannie Narte

Tremayne gave this yellow hibiscus to me two days ago, and although it closed itself yesterday, it still lives . . .



Tuesday, March 3, 2015

International Drum Day

© 2014 Fannie Narte

Today is International Drum Day!

I made this drum over the weekend at the Kalaemano Learning Center in Kona, Hawaii through the Drum Speak organization facilitated by Elizabeth Theriault.  It was a full two days of learning. Some of the highlights were a guided tour to the coastline with Auntie Lei, a demo and talk about Hawaiian kapa making with Ben and drum circles.

The underside of the drum.


In silence, we learn of ourselves and others.
In silence, we see our connection to nature.

In chosen words, we speak gratitude.
In chosen words, we share our hearts.

Our hearts listen.  Our mind accepts.  Our bodies are full.

We are One.  One is All.  All is One.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Because I Love You--The 100 Fundraiser to Benefit American Cancer Society

Because I Love You, Art Quilt mounted onto stretched canvas, 9"x12"
© 2015 Fannie Narte

IN FOUR DAYS . . . February 4, 2015

The 100 FFAC Fundraiser Event


To raise $10,000 in One Day to benefit
the American Cancer Society

Become a $100 Donor

All $100 Donors will receive an artwork from one of the 100 generous and talented artists listed at the FFAC website. Assignments of artwork will be made using a random number generator. Artwork will not be shared at the FFAC website in advance, but may appear on artists' websites or other social media before the event.

All the details are here:

Because I Love You
Art Quilt

This is a 7.5" x 9.5" art quilt mounted onto a 9" x 12" stretched canvas.  The art quilt is a watercolor painting on white and specked gold cotton fabric.  Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastels were used to paint the fabric and black and gold gutta resists were used to outline random areas of the artwork.  Before quilting, the painting was placed over batting, heavy-weight stabilizer and backing fabric.  The entire piece was quilted with cotton thread, a significant part of the background has tiny stipple quilting.  The borders were zigzag stitched with black thread.  This finished art quit was mounted onto a prepared 9" x 12" stretched canvas, 1/4" profile.

Preparing the Stretched Canvas

A printed piece of cotton fabric was glued onto the canvas and painted with Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastels and black acrylic paint.  The sides of the canvas are painted with black acrylic paint.  The dried canvas was sprayed with several layers of sealant before the finished art quilt was mounted onto it.


As with all of my other art quilt donations to the FFAC, I dedicate this piece to my father who passed from lung cancer in 1998.  My father came to Hawaii from the Phillippines to work on the sugar plantation.  He was a hard working man who loved his family and honored my mom.  By his life and example, he taught all of us how to live a good and happy life based on simplicity, generosity, grace, gratitude, respect and "Aloha."

My father lived three years longer than the medical doctors "expected."  That speaks volumes of his strong-will and capacity to endure hardship, traits that we, his children, inherited from him.

Often when my father came home from shopping in Hilo, he would give me his left-over change, which included tons of pennies and a quarter or two and always a fifty-cent piece.  As a child, I didn't understand the value of a penny or a quarter or a fifty-cent piece.  All I saw was "lots of money"!  

He would say, "Baby, here," and he would empty his pocket of all the change that filled my cupped hands to overflowing like winning the lottery at the slot machine in Las Vegas.  He smiled as I squealed with delight feeling like the richest girl in the neighborhood.  Then he said, "Because 'I Love You'."

I Love you, Daddy!  I miss you, Daddy!
Your "Baby"

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Spider Web--An Essay

© 2014 Ku'ulei Stephenson

The web provides shelter, food and water to spiders.  Then nature adds a kiss of morning dew to produce this magnificent lace. The spider web, a beautiful, magical creation.  

What you see and how you interpret what you see depends upon your "makaaniani"--eyeglasses, spectacles, crystal eye.

To some, the spider web brings fear, thoughts of an unwanted eight-legged creature lurking nearby. To the women of the Victorian era, the spider web is an embellishment for their crazy quilts.  To exploring children, the web could be play time in nature's lab, tossing a blade of grass, a clump of dirt or a tiny pebble to see what sticks and what doesn't.

When my daughter texted this photo to me this morning, she said:  "It looks like diamond-y, sparkly, crystal-y lace!  So little and delicate and could easily be missed but so stunning.  It's a lot like life. . . ."

Yes, Ku'ulei.  It's a lot like life.  Scary sometimes, delicate and beautiful oftentimes, and when you create each moment from your best self and offer it to others, nature kisses it and adds sparklies, a validation, an acknowledgement, "well done," "we see you."

Our work is to "see" all the sparklies, and when we do, a grateful heart is born.

The spider web, a beautiful and magical creation.  Life, a beautiful and magical creation.

What you see and how you interpret what you see depends upon your makaaniani.

Mahalo and Aloha,

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Mele Kalikimaka

© 2014 Fannie Narte

Enjoy your holiday celebrations with your family and friends. You are loved.