Category: Love

Artbook #6

Last night, I ran into two young and inquisitive women as I was producing Artbook #6 (and Artbook #7!) and ended up selling one of these artbooks to C.S. who said, “I love this creativity!”

We chatted for a long while and discovered we actually knew someone in common…en plus, C.S. is familiar with the 5 Tibetans and all three of us are vegans.

Hawaiian isle synchronicity…it was a nice surprise gathering.

I’ve yet to place these in the art shop as I continue to tweak the prints and process, not to mention price, but it’s been a lot of fun. Thank you for all the positive feedback on Artbook #6.

Aloha,

Helen

Day 73: Daily Beach Life Continued and Some Bird Art…

Paia Beach yesterday…untouched photo…
Paia Beach today…
Paia Bay Coffee House…right now…with Shelby behind the bar…she and I met somewhere else and I know she knows Arlan…but we can’t figure where we met…Temple of Peace? Charley’s? Ah, I think it was Mana Foods…
A quick photo of a Kahalui Whole Foods “Pigeon”…I have no idea of his/her name…yes, I gave it some oats…my artbook models are well-fed…
The start of interesting…admittedly, at this point it looks rather insignificant (Auka has now learned that if you go beyond this point, and NOT judge it, and add depth through shading…that the drawing magically improves…)
Ok, so I finished it, but found that when I turned over the page, the reverse looked a little more, I dunno, a little “profound” (if you don’t like it, ok…if you like it, I do see orbs in my hands as I create so I can’t say that I’m not really doing anything accept hanging loose…and using my discernment to measure distances and light/greyscale values). I’ll be be creating Artbook #6 with this picture and some orange cotton thread. Each booklet is one-of-a-kind in picture arrangement/construction…and I’ll do my best to place some in the artshop…
Oh, here they are — a few more touch ups on the bird…and the aforementioned orange cotton thread…for some reason, I keep thinking these would make a nice modern design for bank cheques…or for fabric as an updated “toile” pattern…or just, hey, Artbook #6. Thank you to Maui for inspiring me, for making me love you as this Helenbobelen does.
One of my favorite 501c3s…

Every time that I’ve taken the #35 bus to Paia this past week (at least 4 times), I see that Auka’s on the same bus. I tell him to stop following me (and he says the same thing) which is funny because we don’t really hang out together…it’s only thanks to Maui public transportation that our deeper conversations take place; at various bus stops, with a perpetually late bus, we also run into each other and we discuss art and the Hawaiian nation status… I leave shared art projects with notes on the heavy table outside his bedroom for him to comment/sign…he leaves his writings and favorite Ernest Holmes tome there for me to read…he’s slowly going vegan like a few other men in my life (I’ve never asked them to go vegan)…and I sometimes catch a ride with him back to Makawao with his mom, Lisa where his words are few.

Surfers at Paia Beach today…

I’m doing my best to go to the beach everyday…which is kind of a comical goal for me because it’s about being alone and doing nothing but maybe napping, watching the waves, the surfers (if it’s Paia), and getting the non-porcelain suntan that a lot of old-school-Asians abhor. Since I’m dairy-free and pretty much hydrated (not to mention, Asian,) my skin remains okay, even without sunblock…I’m lucky…my knee is thankful…

Okay…I’m going to make a point of visiting Shelby (hey, Shelby!) at the Makawao farm where she lives…

Keep Paradise paradise…

Love,

Helen

Day 60+ Almost Daily Beach Life…

Paia Beach three days ago…
Baldwin Beach two days ago…
A simple, scientific reason to incorporate Meatless Mondays…this Hbb’s isn’t judging but just stating the facts. I’d rather create art, music, and quality relationshops (not to mention hang out on the beach) than wash greasy pots, pans, and dishes…

Paia Bay Coffee where Frank does the flowers and Eryka enjoys macademia nut milk (yes, such a thing exists…amazing) with her macha… (‘Was at Paia Beach again yesterday…no photo…lo siento mes amis…)
Habitat for Humanity

It’s day 60+…a man just asked me for road directions to Haleakala Crater so it may appear that I look like I know Maui well.

Maybe I do (it’s a small island after all). Wherever I go, I see people I know, or hear someone yell my name from across the road.

So after exchanging hellos/hugs, I find a quiet place on a beach, spread out my blanket, dig my toes into the sand, and put a t-shirt over my face…and let my hardworking (knee) bones soak up the sun…

People seem to still have a healthy interest in my broken patella/near body experience…particularly my elderly clients…and so there’s plenty of deep verbal consideration for how to “up” our quality-of-lifes…this life and the afterlife. Words cannot explain how much these exchanges mean to me, how they enrich my Hawaii life. Tearing up (usually on their side)…is the norm with these sessions (I sometimes tear up after they leave, behind the front desk, staring a second too long at the rubber therabands in their plexiglass case.)

(Before I arrived to Hawaii, I considered volunteering in hospice as another Near Death Experienced friend of a friend does here on Maui…but it seems that I get the luxury of helping remarkably healthier older clients who also are charitable, and take direction easily/learn quickly. They have amazing stories and maybe I’ll share some here one day.)

On the music side of things, I’m learning a song in Hawaiian…all the phonetic nuances where a “w” sounds like a “v” and a “k” sounds like a “t”…Both Auka and Lisa (and others in the households) have been kind enough to answer my random pronunciation questions, not to mention hear me warbling and strumming (and sometimes laughing…at myself) the same song countless times into the indigo night.

And in terms of music here on Maui, I sometimes unintentionally busk… like yesterday in front of Paia’s 76 gas station (I was waiting for Lisa to pick me up there)…a woman asked me to play a few songs and then after complimenting me she palmed me a few dollars and drove off. (Not sure if “soliciting” was kosher, I went inside the station and gave the attendant some change for their temporary concert venue.) Either way, spontaneously performing for all types of people (gym clients, tourists, the homeless, grocery store customers/employees, etc.) has been a lot of fun that always hones my mental/heart music skills.

Ok, off to the gym to torture — I mean workout — a nice young man needing to gain strength for his Hawaii tourist job…

xo,

Hbb

P.S. Thank you to Chris A. for creating the FTP link to reflect the HTTPS-ness of this website while I was busy working at the gym. (This site’s always been secure…just needed a little more TLC in the site’s background…) As always, thanks to everyone for their purchases and kind feedback…