Friday, January 16, 2015

Day 16: Hawaiian Waterfall

acrylic on canvas panel

This is Iris Dowson who showed my cousin and I warm hospitality when we visited her yesterday. Iris is the widow of Joe Dowson, my first ever professional art teacher. Joe passed away in 2013. He was an avid painter. He painted Hawaiian scenes right out of his head. I took from him when I was about 14 or 15. My Mom doesn't have many of my recent paintings hanging on her wall but there are several that are from Joe's class.

The waterfall painting came out of my head but I was thinking of Joe. He would have done more colorful foliage but I felt like this was finished. Iris often took paintings away from Joe before he thought he was finished. Our conversation yesterday was a good reminder of  how I sometimes have an impulse to overwork things.

Mahalo Nui Loa Iris!


  1. Such glorious majesty you have portrayed! Fun, too, to hear some about your roots as a painter...have fun, Kaethe!

    1. Thanks Meredith! It was good to be reminded of the past and meet Iris!

  2. The early paintings and memories seem to bring warm smiles inside and out. Thanks for sharing this one Kaethe.