Saturday, July 06, 2019

"fish are jumpin..."

Wandered down to one of my favorite spots here by the bay, where I always find some fishing person by the shore. Thought I'd share their space for a while. Just a perfect summer morning..."lucky we live Hawaii!"

9" x 12" oils on wood panel. Plein air painted on the Big Island

Sunday, March 03, 2019

"Rise n Shine"

"A little bit too ambitious for my first reductive Moku Hanga print. Instead of just one or 2 colors, I went for 7! Arrrgghhh!! Oh well, part of the learning curve...

"Rise N Shine"" 10" x 13.5' Woodblock Print 2019

Sunday, January 13, 2019


  Holy Cow has it really been a year since my last post?! So many things can happen in a year, and thank god I always have my art, my "soul food" as I call it. Keeps me sane or keeps me crazy, one or the other.

I entered the "Abstract Only!" show in April, and lo and behold I got an honorable mention and the State Foundation for Art and Culture bought one of my pieces, titled  "Zanzibar". Woo Hoo! I am thrilled! It was a very experimental piece using housepaints and spackle, then sanded and sanded and scratched through the layers letting my intuition be my guide...

Here tis, enjoy!

Sunday, January 21, 2018


Painted in Puako in my studio on an 8" x 8" wood panel in oils using a palette knife, I had lots of fun with this one! Inspired by the lovely sunsets just outside my door (and settling into the ocean), I figured, "Well shoots, why stop where the frame starts?" 

8" x 8" oils on wood panel with 3" wooden frame. 

Sunday, December 03, 2017

"North from the Porch"

The start of a new series of "skyscapes" on small wood panels, using mostly my palette knife. It's quite liberating  putting the paint of thick, and then playing in it. This is the view from my little porch looking north to the Kohala Mountains at sunset. Enjoy!

 9" x 12" on wood panel

Sunday, October 29, 2017

"Cherries in the Snow"

             "Cherries in the Snow" was the name of the lipstick my mama so elegantly wore.

              40" x 30" water-based house paints on canvas.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

"Crazy Legs"

       This piece reinvented itself at least half a dozen times. I tried to give it "free rein" , allowing it to tell me where it wanted to go. It called itself "Crazy legs" as I was painting the final version.

                        30" x 24" house paints on Canvas / copyright Lynn Capell 2017

Saturday, August 26, 2017


   In this piece I was exploring the "push/pull" dynamics of shapes and negative/ positive spaces, while also trying to balance hues and small splashes of other colors.
   This painting was a good teacher - I learned so much as I continued playing with and breaking down the different colored areas. And I wore that paprika-colored paint for days!

30" x 24" House Paints on Canvas /  Copyright Lynn Capell 2017

Sunday, August 06, 2017


This is the "one that got accepted " in the "ABSTRACT ONLY!"  show that just opened in Hilo. Yay!! Happy to be part of this show ... not an easy one to get juried in.

Inspired by a box of new paint colors this was a playful piece, going off some of the edges and feeling like a happy little kid with my brushes and new pots of paints. Trying to balance softness and sharp with a feeling of movement. Kinda like riding a horse.

36" x 23" House paints on wood panel / copyright Lynn Capell 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017

"Look Around"

This ia a series of 37  8" x 8" pieces I created that are now hanging in the Volcano Art Center's Invitational Show,  Hawaiian Cordage: Fiber, Form &Function.  I am so proud to be included in this show!!The exhibit will be on display July 8th through August 19th, 2017. Each panel represents one of 10 cordage plants that are found on the Island of Hawaii.  Enjoy!!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

"Maui through the Coconut Trees"

Some days...we're just "lucky we live Hawaii"!  Looking out toward Maui on beautiful spring day (yes! we have seasons here!)  watching out for falling coconuts!

      11" x 14" oils on wood panel. Painted on location in Puako, Hawaii  2017/ copyright L.Capell

Thursday, May 18, 2017


I was sitting by these trees on a lazy afternoon in Hawi painting a small watercolor, struck by their pale silhouettes. Recently I painted this larger version in oils loosely based on this same scene.

                                  oils on canvas    30" x 40"  copyright Lynn Capell

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

"Kohala Mountain Clouds"

I never have to travel far to find my inspiration! Here, the afternoon light on Kohala Mountain near my home, and always the deep blue sea. 

               Oils on wood panel 12" x 16" painted on location in Puako on the Island of Hawaii
               copyright Lynn Capell 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

"Such a Winter's Day"

Rendered breathless by the intoxicating loveliness of nature here: the clouds... the sea... the warm salty smell to the air. It envelopes all of my senses. 
Painted on location in Puako, Hawaii

                          oils on wood panel   12" x 16"  copyright Lynn Capell 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

"Slumber Under Falling Stars"

This was a redo of the original , where there was an ukulele in the painting. Turned it into a whippet, (just because!) Love it now...

                                 Oils on wood panel    48" x 60"   Lynn Capell

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


      Painted on location one winter afternoon in Puako, and the sun was lowering in the sky.  I love the soft changing colors ...

11" x 14" oils on wood panel, 2017 Lynn Capell

Thursday, February 16, 2017


"Feb 14, 2017" 
My first painting of the year, with the swirling skies and breaking waves of Kohala. Happy to be playin' in my paints again!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

"The Nearness of You"

Another from the small abstract series. 
11" x 14" acrylic on wood panel

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

"Cherries in the Snow"

Something new and fun... apropos of our recent snow on Mauna Kea! One of several abstract paintings I submitted for a show up in Hawi. 
11" x 14" acrylic on wood panel.

Thursday, November 03, 2016


This is the second of my entries in the Hawaii Nei Competition in Hilo, which features native plants and animals of Hawaii. I am always fascinated by these I'iwi, such lovely birds with their curved beaks, adapted for the ohia lehua blossoms.

                                36" x 49" oils on wood panel   /    Copyright Lynn Capell

Wednesday, November 02, 2016


This is the first of two entries I have in this year's Hawaii Nei Competition, which features native plants and animals of Hawaii. I liked the colors of this little bird, and how he blends into the Mamane  trees.

                            36: x 48" oils on wood panel    /   copyright Lynn Capell 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

"Storm Clouds Over Puako"

Painted this one about a year ago, in my backyard as the winds were blowing every manner of things by my head! It was crazy! When I saw "Toto" go flying by, I knew it was time to get inside!!

             11" x 14" oils on wood panel  /    copyright L.Capell 2015

Monday, June 13, 2016

"Puakea Ranch"

Quite simply, a stunningly beautiful day to be out painting! Looking down from Puakea Ranch (where I painted "the Cowboy House" ) I could see all the way over to Maui. Ahhh...north Kohala at it's finest...

18" x 24" Oils on wood panel  / Copyright L.Capell

Saturday, June 04, 2016

"The Cowboy House"

Went out with a several plein air painters to a ranch up the road yesterday, and what a gorgeous day! After everyone went home I stayed to paint "the Cowboy House". It was my second painting of the day, and (I think) the better of the two . The first was an ocean view, across to Maui. Hmmm...jury is still out on that one...

18" x 24"  Oils on wood panel / copyright L .Capell 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016

"Sea Trees II "

Another view of the driftwood out back on the lava. Nature's elegant sculptures. Painted just after  daybreak. 

                              36" x 48" oils on wood panel  Copyright L. Capell 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

"Sea Trees I "

The lovely "sea trees" in my "backyard".... hope I did them justice. Got up several mornings in a row  at the break of dawn to catch the first rays of the sun on the tips of the driftwood.

                                   36" x 48" oils on wood panel /  Copyright L. Capell 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

"Old Art Center"

A large plein air piece done about 11 years ago in Holualoa. This was the old Art Center. I had a small art gallery across the street, where Sam's Ukulele Gallery is now. Painted this right from the front porch. A piece in time...this building is now gone..and who knows whatever happened to the Sampan?

                                   oils on wood panel  36" x 48"  copyright L.Capell  2004

Saturday, April 23, 2016

"Some Big 'Uns"

The surf in April just off my backyard! It was mesmerizing watching the waves roar up and hit the reefs just past the tidepools. 

                             16" x 20" Oils on wood panel / copyright L. Capell 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

"Approaching Storm"

This is a larger version of a small painting I did on location here in Puako a few months back. At that time I was miserably cold (yes! here in Hawaii!) and it was super windy and all I could do to keep painting! Painted on my lap since my easel wouldn't stand up in the wind.
Working on this one on my back porch studio I still had the memories of that day...

                        16" x 20" Oils on wood panel  / copyright L. Capell 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

"The Windward Side "

I painted this one about 10 years ago. Street scene on the east side of the Big Island, one of those little  neighborhoods that I love to wander through on my way to somewhere else.

                             9" x 12" oils on canvas panel /  Copyright L. Capell

Sunday, April 03, 2016

"Kiholo Bay in March"

One of my favorite places on the Big there early and painted till noon or so. Throughout the morning the wild goats would wander by...(you can smell em before you see them!) but I love the fact we are sharing the landscape. A peaceful painting session.

                               16" x 20" oils on wood panel / copyright 2016 L.Capell

Friday, April 01, 2016

"Paniau looking North"

I painted this piece in my "studio" (the back porch!) making it larger than the original I had done on location, trying to simplify the shapes and still keep it loose. I'm happy with it! Enjoy..

                                  18" x 24" oils on wood panel. Copyright L. Capell 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

"Beach 69"

Easter weekend and the crowds were coming in all morning! Good thing I got there early and left by the time it was crazy! But the laughter of the families is always a nice "background music".  A beautiful morning...

                11" 14" oils on wood panel painted on location. Copyright L. Capell 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016


Wow the waves were just going crazy on the north end of the island this day!! I didn't even begin to do them justice...guess I'll just have to go back again... and again...

                            18" x 24" oils on wood panel   / copyright L.Capell 2016

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

"Los Cocos Rojos"

Memories... the view in 1197 outside my art gallery window on the Island of Taboga. I loved this house... the way it fronted the sea and the collection of boats on the beach. I could often imagine living there.

                          Oils on Canvas 20" x 24"  / copyright L. Capell 19997

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Out the Door

I realize every day that I am so blessed to live in such a magical place as Puako, Hawaii. Where views such as this greet me when I step out my front door... where I am ever amazed by the gift of talent I have been given through my life, to be able to try and capture such beauty. Oh! I am "but the brush"....and I am so grateful...mahalo.

                                16" x 20" oils on wood panel / Copyright L. Capell 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Puako Skies

My neighbors place to the south, I love the old "Hawaiian style" look to the roof of this house, it's all up on stilts so it'll still be there in a tsunami!

                                 16 " x 20" oils on wood panel / Copyright 2016 L. Capell

Saturday, February 06, 2016

"Morning Sun Cat"

Started out the door to paint out back, and there was my cat Mieux, sitting in her place on my bed in the sun. I quickly grabbed all my supplies from outside, and proceed to paint. It's not quite "Mieux", but I think I captured the gist of the moment... 

                             18" x 24" oils on wood panel / copyright L. Capell 2015

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

"Slumber under Falling Stars"

48" X 60" Oils on wood panel  
copyright L.Capell 2016

Monday, November 23, 2015

"Backyard Friends"

There's always the palms, my backyard friends. Looked out one lazy day and I couldn't resist...

11" x 14" oils on wood panel/ Copyright L.Capell 2015

Sunday, November 15, 2015

"Soothe My Soul"

                       9" x 12" oils on wood panel/ Painted on location/ Copyright 2015 L.Capell

Monday, November 09, 2015


 Concentrating on "just the ocean " lately...this one was painted just down the street from me.

                    plein air oils on wood panel 9" x 12" /  copyright L. Capell 2015

Thursday, November 05, 2015


Stopped by Kawaihae jetty where I saw  these beauties getting ready to sail! There being absolutely NO shade in sight, I sat in my car (passenger side) with my panel in my lap, having just enough time  before they headed out into the ocean.
                             Plein air, 11" x 14" Oils  on wood panel  / copyright  L.Capell 2015

Saturday, October 31, 2015

"Kawaihae Canoe"

Always find something inspiring at the canoe clubs around the island. This time it was this beauty in the shade of the palm trees..

Plein air oils on wood panel 11" x 14" / Copyright L. Capell 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

"View of Hualalai"

Ole Blue (my trusty pick up truck) headed to Kawaihae Harbor where I captured this scene early in the morning.  Started out alone, but soon I was surrounded by young Boy Scouts and off duty soldiers all jumping into the ocean beside me. Happy sounds!

                                  Plein air  oils on wood panel 11" x 14" / Copyright L. Capell

Friday, October 23, 2015

"Kona Village Hut"

The lonely hales at Kona Village... once so exquisite, now falling to the elements since the tsunami hit the coastline in 2011. Truly the end of an era...

                             Plein air oils on wood panel 11" x 14" copyright L. Capell 2015