Through Art We Can Change the World

Powel Street Cable Car No.25

“Fundraising is an extreme sport!” ~Marc A. Pitman

 Twitter Art Exhibit the brainchild of Swedish Artist David Sandum, is a nonprofit organization, now in full force with their third exhibit in process.  Past exhibits in 2010, at the Moss Library in Norway provided books for children and 2012 also in Moss, Norway provided funds to the Women’s Crisis Center. 

The next Twitter Art Exhibit, January 2013, will be held in Los Angeles at the Exhale Unlimited Gallery, proceeds will support underserved youth in L.A.'s Rampart District (ages 18 – 25) in preparation for careers in the visual arts.  The goal to surpass their last event of 360 artists from 32 countries. Participate by submitting a 4” x 6” postcard size art piece, which will be sold for $35.00 ea.  Please check out for further information on participation. Deadline for Submission is Friday, January 4, 2013, so hurry Twitter aritists and create your piece.  I will be submitting “Powel Street Cable Car 25”. 

Painting 4” X 6” cards can be extremely fun. The following 3 paintings resulted, in desire to capture the right painting for the Twitter Art Exhibit event.


No Parking in Chinatown
No. 17 Pebble Beach
On the Green Pebbe Beach



I hope Twitter Artists you can participate in the event it is such a great cause and a wonderful way for artists to have an impact on the world.

“Through art we can change the world” David Sundum

My Tale of the South Pacific


Crescent Bay


“When all you care about is here, this is a good place to be”. Emile de Becque

Can you remember the first time you cried at a movie? The movie was South Pacific derived from a plot by James A Michener’s Pulitzer Prize winning 1947 book, Tales of the South Pacific, and from the musical by Roger and Hammerstein.  It touched my heart and my soul.  I was seven-year-old, sobbing, as I watched the scene, when Lt. Cable's fatal plane crash was shot down by the Japanese, unable to return home to his love.  South Pacific was a reminder of the times, not only did I relate to being a military brat, and the separation I often felt, when my father had to be stationed away from us, but was mesmerized and in love with the beautiful scenery, in which this movie took place.  I also believe I had a deep knowing and premonition of a future with this island and the loss of my father to soon come after his mission in Vietnam. 

Mt. Makana, at the point, view of Hanalei Bay from Princeville.

Unknowingly, at 25 years old I revisited the scenes of South Pacific, in the North Shore, and Hanalei Bay of Kauai? I soon discovered that Bali Ha’i the volcanic island, within sight of the island on which most of the action takes place, really wasn’t an island in real life, but Mt. Makana cut off from a chain of mountains, found at the end of the road.  Auntie Louise, owner of Tahiti Nui Restaurant, may have been the recreation of Bloody Mary’s character. The beach on either side of the Hanalei pier was the principal filming location for most of the beach scenes involving the sailors led by Luther Billis played by Ray Walston. It was here that Juanita Hall as Bloody Mary sang the song about the mysterious island Bali Hai.  

Hanalei Pier at Hanalie Bay Kauai

Hanalei, Kauai, has captured my heart, fortunate to be able to have visited over 25 times, it has become a deep part of me where I have found much respite, enchantment and healing in my life.  Once you have visited Hanalei, you will never be the same.  It will be calling you as the song “Hanalei Moon” says, and as it has called me even before I had arrived.


When you see Hanalei by moonlight

You will be in Heaven by the sea

Every breeze, every wave will whisper

You are mine don't ever go away.

Old Kauai


*Crescent Bay is my 46th painting of my #paint52 Challenge, measures approx. 8" x 11", Atelier Acrylic on 400 lb vellum, price $220.00 Sold

*Old Kauai is my 47th painting of my #paint52 Challenge, measures 12" x 16", Atelier Acrylic on Artist Canvas Panel, price $350.00.  SOLD

 *All art from Janet Vanderhoof’s Fine Art Gallery, maybe seen in Janet’s studio at Morgan Hill, CA.   You may purchase through contacting my email or phone (408) 460-7237.  Thank you!


Is Playing Just For Kids?


Snowballs in Summer

Did you know that play is as important as eating, sleeping and exercising?  Play isn’t just important for children, but also for adults?  Have we forgot how to play or have we put playing low on the priority list?

In order for it to be considered play, the activity can be for no other reason than enjoyment.

I heard that the opposite of play was depression.  Suppressing daily play is not healthy for adults or children.

Do you get embarrassed to play?  Do you feel that people may not take you seriously if you play?  When hula-hoops were in fashion, adults as well as children loved them. One day, I found my father hula-hooping in the garage, change rattling in the pockets swaying back and forth.  For a moment I saw him forget all his worries, until he found a couple of older woman pointing at him, smiling and laughing.  He was furious, took the hula-hoop and threw it on the ground and ran in the house. 

My inner child cries out often, finding a need to paint for no other reason than to play.  This shows up in my use of mediums, tools or subject matter.  I always end up discovering something new and enlightening when this happens.

Playing helps exploration, discover creative solutions, and problem solving.  It can be transformative to self and situations. 

Ideally, it would be great to incorporate play with your everyday life.  How could you introduce play in your work environment and perhaps get a better job done?

Garden at Beltaine Ranch

This is my thirty-fifth and thirty-sixth painting of my #paint52 challenge, both paintings Atelier Interactive Acrylic on vellum.  "Snowballs in Summer" measures 9-1/2" X 8", price $200.00 (SOLD)  and "Garden at Beltane Ranch" measures 8" X 8", price $175.00. (SOLD)

*All art from Janet Vanderhoof’s Fine Art Gallery, maybe seen in Janet’s studio at Morgan Hill, CA.   You may purchase through contacting my email or phone (408) 460-7237.  Thank you!