Friday, January 29, 2016

Abstract, Rorschach, Hawaii Artist Arlene G. Woo

I often see images hidden in my paintings; most of the time they appear by themselves.  I put them on my wall before I decide I'm finished.  As I look at them, I see various images.  Take a look and see what you see.  I'd love to hear about what you see. Write me:

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sunflowers in the Garden, Watercolor, Hawaii Artist, Arlene G. Woo

My neighbor had giant sunflowers in his garden this summer.  Yes, I was inspired!  I hope they give you a warm memory.  The image is 14.5"x10.5" and may be purchased unmatted and unframed for $250.  (Prints are available on  Contact me: Arlene G. Woo

Friday, November 27, 2015

Watercolor/Collage, "Koi Collage", Arlene G. Woo, Hawaii Artist

Being named "Artist of the Month" by the National Pond Service was good motivation to paint another koi painting.  This time I added hand-dyed paper to suggest water over the bodies of the koi.  The image is 15"x20" -- $400 unmatted, unframed.  Contact me:  Arlene G. Woo 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Watercolor, Day of the Dead painting, "To Our Health", Hawaii artist, Arlene G. Woo

Our Kailua restaurant Cactus asked for Day of the Dead paintings, so I thought we should toast to old friends.  Thus --- "To Our Health"
This watercolor image was purchased by a patron of the restaurant, I have another option if you are interested.  check my blog.    SOLD

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Watercolor, Koi painting, Limpopo, Hawaii Artist, Arlene G. Woo

Painting on Yupo can be lots of fun as long as you are willing "to go with the flow."  I think Yupo is perfect for painting koi because the fish as in constant movement.  These particular koi are called butterfly koi because of their long fins and tails.  14"x21.75". Limpopo was juried into the Hawaii Watercolor Society Show 2015 by Judge Nicholas Simmons.
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Saturday, October 4, 2014

What d'ya Think? Watercolor by Hawaii Artist, Arlene W. Woo

Penguins in Hawaii?  No, but for some reason I decided to paint them -- from a photo.  It was a challenge with the limited palette, but I think I have a story here.  8"x11".  Available unframed.  Contact me: Arlene G. Woo

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Kissing Koi, Acrylic on Canvas, Hawaii Artist, Arlene G. Woo

There is something about koi that attracts me:  I think it's their ease in their environment.  Some of these are Butterfly Koi from by friend Sheila's pond.  I must admit this painting took a while -- not as fast as watercolor on Yupo, but I'm happy with the result.  $1200 + shipping.  Let me know what you think:
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tropical Fruit, Water Media by Hawaii Artist Arlene G. Woo

Mangos, Papayas, and Bananas!  Add some grapes and kiwi and you have a refreshing fruit salad.  The image was completed with watercolor, a bit of acrylic and some w/c pencil for a light touch.  It measures 10"x14" and will fit nicely in a matted 16"x20" frame.  I can roll it and stick it in a tube and mail it to you tomorrow.  Free postage.  $350.  Contact:

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Dancing Orchids, Hawaii Artist, Arlene G. Woo

My friend has these lovely orange orchids.  They would not let me pass without taking a photo.  Thus, this painting!  This watercolor is 11.5"x 8.5" and can be yours for  $150, unmatted and unframed for easy mailing.
It's the perfect touch for a dining area or hallway.   Contact:

Friday, May 2, 2014

Flute Player, Mixed Media, Arlene G. Woo Hawaii Artist

The Flute Player was awarded first prize in the Contemporary Fine Arts International Artists Challenge for March 2014 Mixed Media.  You may see my interview on under Artist Showdown, Colors on my Palette Interview.  I am quite pleased.
This Flute Player was accepted into the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce "Commitment to Excellence" Art Exhibition.  I used representational images collage pieces along with watercolors and stamping.  The technique was challenging but fun.
The image is a full sheet - 30"x22" - watercolor with collage.              SOLD   

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Summer, Mixed Media, Arlene G. Woo, Hawaii Artist

This is a collage/acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas 12" x 24".  I seem drawn to blues and yellows.  I guess it's because those are Hawaii colors.  The collage papers are hand dyed many years ago, but I continue to pull them out.  $400 plus S&H.    SOLD   but if you really like Summer, go to and order a print. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Red Cats, Watercolor by Hawaii Artist, Arlene G. Woo

Red Cats was chosen by Jan Ledbetter for the Hawaii Watercolor Society Members show 2014.  I had felt the urge to use lines, so they showed up in watercolor and charcoal.  This image is 14"x10" and can be yours unmatted and unframed for $325.  Contact me: Arlene G. Woo  SOLD

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A New Beginning, Watercolor by Arlene G. Woo, Hawaii Artist

This watercolor was inspired at Enchanted lakes where I was doing dog agility training.  I loved the intense color of the sky against the mountains at evening.  I poured part, painted part, and left part alone.  This image was selected by Juror Jan Ledbetter for the Hawaii Watercolor Society Members Show in April.  Size: 15 x 22".  $700.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Diamond Mare, Acrylic, Hawaii Artist, Arlene G. Woo

Diamond Mare is the third in the Chinese New Year's Year of the Horse.  I figured I should just keep moving out.  I limited my colors and stuck to geometric shapes -- something new for me.  This is the first time I have actually done a "series" -- not sure I could do it again.  Which of the three do you like?
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Red, Acrylic, Hawaii Artist, Arlene G. Woo

Red is second in the Chinese New Year series.  He is 18"x18" on a gallery-wrapped canvas.  I was trying different approaches.  Wait till you see the third one!  Similar colors but that's it.  $400
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Night Mare, Acrylic on Canvas

In honor of the Chinese Year of the Horse, I have painted three horse paintings.  Night Mare actually revealed herself through Maggie and Isabel, so Maggie and Isabel are no more.
This image is on an 18"x18" gallery wrapped canvas.  
Let me know what you think: Arlene G. Woo                 $400.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Koi Pond, Original Acrylic, Hawaii Artist Arlene G. Woo

This koi painting was inspired by the pond at my granddaughter's school pond.  And, I'm proud to say that someone from the school fair purchased it and it provided money to the school.   I like the vivid colors of the acrylic. Contact me:  Arlene G. Woo     Sold

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Splash!, Hawaii Artist, Arlene G. Woo

I still like to paint seascapes.  This one is a bit more abstracted.  Hope you like it.  I painted it wet on wet on hot press paper, so pretty much by first pass.  The watercolor is 15"x22"
Contact me:  Arlene G. Woo  The painting may be purchased through PayPal. 

In or Out of the Woods, Hawaii Artist Arlene G. Woo

People generally think about beaches when Hawaii comes to mind, but there are wooded areas, too. The title may reflect one's feeling about economic stability.  We're told the recession is over, but I'm not sure that it is for many people.  Contact me: Arlene G. Woo
This watercolor is 22"x15" and may be purchased through PayPal

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

King, Original Watercolor by Hawaii Artist


I enjoy painting animals - dogs, cats, wild animals.  This one came rather quickly and has been accepted by the Hawaii Watercolor Society exhibit this fall.  The juror was Arne Westerman. SOLD

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Friday, June 28, 2013

It's Big! Seascape Watercolor by Hawaii Artist

It really is a big wave!  Look at our Hawaii surfer!  I love the blues of the ocean and its power.
Image: 15"x22", available unmatted, unframed $300. PayPal is an option.
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Climb Every Mountain, Contemporary Watercolor by Hawaii Artist

Here's another poured, brushed, and inked that's more a fantasy mountain.  I enjoyed using the pen and ink to suggest more direction.  Image: 10"x14", Donated to the Cancer Society fundraiser.
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Crusher Wave, Original Watercolor by Hawaii Artist

This image was selected for the Hawaii Watercolor Society show 2013 and was then chosen to hang in the Mayor's Culture and Arts exhibition in Honolulu Hale.  I painted it wet on wet on Fabriano.  Image: 15"x22", available unmatted, unframed for $400.  PayPal is an option.
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Amazing Journey, Original Watercolor

I poured, brushed and drew on this one.  It reminds me of a Japanese image of mountains.  Image: 15"x22", available unmatted, unframed  for $350.  Contact me:  Arlene G. Woo

Another View of the Koolaus, Original Watercolor

The Koolaus on Oahu are always changing the time of day and the clouds.  This day they seemed rather gray with patches of sunlit green  Image: 10"x14" available unmatted, unframed  $175.
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Form and Line, Original Watercolor

This image was one of two chosen for the Hawaii Watercolor Society Members show to be held at The Arts at Marks April 9 to April 27.  The image is 21x 14 or half sheet.  It may be purchased unframed for $600 +shipping.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Polo, Watercolor by Arlene G. Woo, Hawaii artist

Almost two years ago I went to my first polo match, but the images have stayed in my mind.  So, I finally did a painting.  I tried to merge realism and abstraction.  I'm satisfied with the movement.  Let me know what you think.  Arlene G. Woo  The image is 10"x14" and may be purchased unmatted and unframed for $175.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Koi Pond, watercolor on Yupo

Painting on Yupo is an interesting challenge:  you cannot layer, at least not very easily. However, it is great for getting a watery look.  I was inspired by the koi pond at my granddaughters' school. The image is 10"x14" and may be purchased for $280 through PayPal.  contact me: Arlene G. Woo

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Tropical Flowers, original watercolor

This painting started out as a realistic view of Night Blooming Cereus, but looked what it decided to be!  That's what I love about watercolor.  It has a mind of its own sometimes.  This image is a half sheet - 15"x22" on Fabriano paper.  Prints may be purchased on  To let me know your opinion: Arlene G. Woo    Original SOLD

Monday, August 6, 2012

Snuggling Giraffes by Arlene G. Woo

My little granddaughter loves giraffes, so I painted this for her.  The original is not for sale but the image is on Fine Art America where you may order a print.  The original is an acrylic on a canvas wrap. NFS   Contact me with comments: Arlene G. Woo

Monday, June 25, 2012

Made It! Watercolor by Arlene G. Woo

With my son and son-in-law both enjoying surfing, I am drawn to painting waves.  It took me a while to get them right, but I think I've done it "artistically".  Let me know what you think.  Painting on hot press is a LOT different from working on cold press -- not as forgiving.  But I love using the blues which surround our Oahu.  Image: 15"x22", available for $400 unmatted, unframed.  Let me hear from you, Arlene G. Woo

Friday, April 27, 2012

Flamingos! Original watercolor by Arlene G. Woo

Taking my little granddaughter to the zoo has inspired me to paint some of the residents.  But I tried an established watercolor technique of wetting the paper back and front to allow soft edges this time.It was fun for a change.  The image is on a half sheet (22"x15").  Email comments to me Arlene G. Woo.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Above It All, Giraffe watercolor, Hawaii artist Arlene G. Woo

We saw this fellow at the Honolulu zoo.  I love painting giraffes because of their eyes. This 14"x10" image frames out to 20"x16".  contact Arlene G. Woo   Sold

Monday, January 30, 2012

Peacock on the Roof, original watercolor by Arlene G. Woo, Hawaii artist

A mother peacock and her offspring have been visiting my street for several months.  One morning I saw the male on my neighbot's roof.  I know many people do not like the noise of peacocks, but these two have never been a nuisance.  Of course they have not been on my roof. This image mats out to 10" by 14".    contact Arlene G. Woo

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Lone Tree, Encaustic by Arlene G. Woo

This encaustic can be turned any way that is pleasing to the individual.  I really don't like naming an art piece of mine because I like the viewer to see what he sees.  The gold at the bottom is actually more like an antique gold than the brown that shows in the photo.  I've decided I like the unpredictability of the wax.  7.25"x7.25"  $70 + postage
For comments or purchase: email Arlene G. Woo

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pomegranate Postcard, original watercolor by Arlene G. Woo

This is one of the 5"x7" postcard size watercolors that I decided to try.  I wet the paper and painted wet into wet for a very loose image.  It frames out with a mat to an 8"x10".
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Friday, September 30, 2011

Seeking Serenity I - watercolor/collage- Arlene G. Woo

For some reason the goddess stays in my mind.  She has appeared in several of my paintings.  This image is 11"x11" and looks good with a three inch mat.
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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Night in the City, an encaustic on board

I made this 6"x6" image using hot wax in an ancient method called "encaustic".  We melt the wax and apply with a brush and then fuse the wax to the layer below with a heat gun.  Too much heat and the wax just slides away!  But the process is really fun because you never quite know what you are going to get.  email Arlene G. Woo 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

Swimming Upstream

In Hawaii many people celebrate the Japanese Boys' Day by flying koi or carp banners.  I think the holiday may have been made PC by changing the name to Children's Day, but I still remembering flying a banner in honor of my son.  The carp signifies strength and determination.  This painting was difficult because it is watercolor on yupo, a synthetic medium.  It was chosen as the cover for the Hawaii Bar Journal.
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sudden Storm - Original Watercolor by Hawaii artist Arlene G. Woo

This image was selected by Juror Eric Weigardt for the Hawaii Watercolor Society's Members show at the Arts at Marks March 29 - April 23, 2011.  I combined pouring with brushwork and watercolor crayon to create this image.  I love images that suggest various media to me.  Look for this one on Hawaii 5-0 somewhere in the show.  There's another vertical that they are using!  Image: 22"x30" available unmatted, unframed $600
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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Happy Happy! Original Watercolor

This is the second painting inspired by the Lion Dances for Chinese New Year.  I could not resist putting the "Double Happiness" symbol in the upper left corner.  Seeing my three year old granddaughter's pleasure watching the lions and offering them lycee for good luck did indeed create double happiness.
The watercolor is 11"x11"  Prints may be ordered on Fine Art America
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Dance for Luck - Original Watercolor


After watching six lions dance at the Chinese New Year Celebration at the Chinese Cultural Center, this image just flew from my brush.  It was so much fun to be in the midst of the banging music and expectant crowd.  This image is 11"x11" . The original is SOLD but prints may be ordered at
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Riders at Kualoa Ranch, oriiginal watercolor

Kualoa Valley gives one a sense of vastness yet of protection.  When one lives in a busy urban environment, it is freeing to take in nothing but nature .  I have been able to paint with friends in this lovely valley .
Watercolor on Frabriano paper 9"x13"
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Monday, December 27, 2010

Whistler 1 - Arlene G. Woo - Hawaii artist

This watercolor was painted during the Thanksgiving trip to Whistler Resort.  We had fresh powder every day, and even though it was 6 degrees below zero, it was lovely.  It was a challenge to paint snow after painting green mountains in Hawaii.  Arlene G. Woo