E Komo Mai! Welcome to my blog.

I'm delighted that you dropped in! E Komo Mai: WELCOME! This blog is basically an online visual journal is modeled after a concept I learned of in psychology 101... waaaaaaay back in college. That concept was somewhere in the chapter on The Significance of Dreams, where it mentioned someone's theory on dreaming about a house usually means that the house represents you. So I have used my actual house (Mauna Lea Manor) to structure my blog. In different rooms you will find different aspects of my life; different interests I like to blog about. This is a way to bring a little organization into my life and thoughts for myself... (dreams are in The Bedroom, Family updates are in The Living room, etc.)
This also, I would imagine, make reading this blog more convenient for you as well. If you are a grandparent interested in seeing photos and hearing stories about my boys, but maybe not so interested in my bellydancing obsession: you can just read what goes on in The Playground. But if you are an Art Collector more interested in my latest work and information on collecting, but not especially interested in my personal life: you'd enjoy The Office. Mauna Lea Manor is sort of the foyer to all the other rooms. If you would like to tour my online portfolio, please visit: www.stephaniebolton.com.
I hope you enjoy your time here ;) & continue to stop by!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Painting Safari Photos by Mimi

Mimi Gubser is the fantastic talent who took these photos!

This was a treacherous lagoon- I am so surprised I didn't get a foot full of vana!

Doesn't it just scream: "wish you were here!"
I LOVE these portrait shots below! Aren't my beautiful models gorgeous?

Victoria, Naomi, and Stella Brooke.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Barb's been at it again...

For more views of these bags, visit www.sasakibags.blogspot.com

You can find these chic roomy shoulder bags here:
Here is the card that the owner offers people interested in the handbags. The backs read as follows:

..."purse-onality"- too cute!
It is too bad it doesn't mention that some of the purses are made of custom original paintings... but I suppose it was too obvious to mention.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Journal 3356 is off on its journey around the world

Meet Journal 3356; The Music Journal

13 people are going to be receiving a package in the mail with this book inside.

Inside they will find instructions to listen to a cd of music... very random music... that they will be asked to illustrate.

And then they will draw a name & address from this envelope and mail the journal off to the next person, so that that person can do the same.

Hopefully the journal comes back to me... fully illustrated so that I can share with you the results of our experiment; an experiment on the universality of musical intention. This should prove interesting... as long as the journal doesn't end up shoved under one participants bed for the next decade.
for more information on this project, visit http://www.1001journals.com/

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Country Girl in the Big City

I recently did the March First Friday Art Show in Chinatown, Honolulu, Oahu.
We were in the Chinatown Courtyard.
I loved the brick walls! Something about raw brick gives unframed art a nice edge.

I satin the street window and painted at my easel.

This was my view out the window where I was painting.

I love my Sasaki Bag!!!

I LOVE my new bag!!!
I have given them, admired them, but nothing compares to owning one!
I have never in my life gotten so many compliments on an accessory- or anything I have on for that matter. Strangers are constantly stopping to ask where they can get one.
And the real kicker is how personal the bag is- made from one of the real working coffee burlap bags that they use at my family's coffee farm to haul beans to the roaster.
I got the bean fabric interior so it would look like there were coffee beans in my burlap bag- too cute! And you can see the classic Kona Nightingale Donkey with coffee sacks on his back, the gusset says 100% Kona Coffee on both sides and you can se the logo I helped design for the Kona Coffee & Tea Company.
The artwork is one of my own originals, showing the Kona Snow (coffee blossoms) and some coffee beans changing color, with a coffee picker filling her skirt with beans, coffee branches in her hair.
And she even gave me a special Bellydancer strap of Sari edge brocade with metallic accents.
It is the most personal and gorgeous bag ever! And being personal I think it makes the compliments that much more special.
Plus- I can always find my phone and a pen whenever I need it with all the organized pockets inside & that it just closes with a magnetic snap, so even when it is closed I can still reach right for what I know is right there... pretty convenient.
(It also makes a nice pillow for a sleepy head while I am grocery shopping)
(since you want one too!)
and you can see what she is up to at http://www.sasakibags.blogspot.com/