Happy Thanksgiving! Win a Print & Help Those in Need


 Pumpkin, Wood Block Print

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have so many things to be thankful for! First and foremost are family and friends.  I’m so grateful for all the friends and collectors, many of whom I have not met in person but through the camaraderie we share on blogs, Facebook, etc.

As a thank you to all of my supporters I am giving away one limited edition giclée print of the winner’s choice from my web site’s print shop!  I will do a drawing through  random.org on Sunday December 8.  If you are already a subscriber to my email list and are getting my monthly newsletter, you don’t need to do a thing.  If you would like to enter the drawing, just subscribe to my email list by clicking here. Don’t forget to follow all the steps to be sure your address gets on my Mail Chimp list.

Also, a couple of weeks ago I shared that I am donating in November and December,  some of the proceeds, (20%), from my web site’s print shop,  to help the relief effort from the devastating Typhoon in the Philippines.  I met many Filipino expats while living in Hong Kong, and was very saddened that many have lost family, and loved ones in their home country.  I have added more images from my portfolio to choose from and will continue to do so as I generate new work.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support and hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Peel Street Lanterns, Hong Kong or Odd Man Out


 Odd Man Out, Watercolor on Archival Paper, 20.5″ x 40″,  52 cm x 101.5 cm

I have finished this new large painting, 20.5” x 40”,  I have been working on  inspired by the  lanterns outside a funerary shop on Peel Street in Hong Kong.  I posted a few months ago the sketch that I did, plein air, sitting in the alley across from the shop. I have always wanted to do the lanterns in a large painting.  I really enjoyed working on this. It brought back so many  memories of the day I sat  in the alley doing the sketch listening to the Chinese opera music coming from the shop I was  in front of, and smelling all the exotic smells from the food being prepared in the neighboring dai pai dongs and the incense from the shops.

I wanted to convey in the larger painting  the delicate,  colorful, light struck lanterns floating in the gentle breeze juxtaposed against the cool, textural concrete building, they were hanging in front of.  I used some textural techniques in watercolor to imply the rough, dingy facade of the Hong Kong architecture. The bright yellow sign is typical for many shops in Hong Kong and I love how the shape and value of it, being washed out by the bright sunlight, adds another level of interest to the painting.  Do you like how the Odd Man Out,  has eyes on the Chinese goddess on the lantern below him?  🙂

Pak Tai Guardian Lion Sketch & Painting


 Pak Tai Guradian Lion, Watercolor on Archival Paper, 30″ x 20.5″, Inspired by my sketch and my last visit.

As I mentioned in my blog before, one of my favorite places to visit and sketch is the Pak Tai Temple in the Wan Chai area of Hong Kong.  A few of my smaller sketches have inspired larger paintings.  This pencil sketch is one of them.  The day I did this one was particularly memorable for me.  Our time in Hong Kong was winding down and I knew I would be leaving soon.  This visit, I knew would be my last while we were living there.  I did a pencil sketch of this guardian lion statue and before I could apply any  watercolor the keeper of the temple came up to me and we started chatting.

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Sketch done at the Pak Tai Temple

We talked for over an hour about a variety of things.  He was kind enough to write the name of the temple in modern and ancient script in my sketch book, next to the sketch plus a faint impression of the actual temple chop.

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Me & Sammy Lo, Pak Tai Temple, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

While I painted the larger painting of this statue it invoked so many wonderful and memorable memories of my visits there.

Amahs in Hong Kong & Relief Effort for Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

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 This is a view of just a tiny portion of Hong Kong where I lived.  Imagine there is likely an amah in each apartment in these towers.

There are things you don’t know about places in the world until you visit or live there.  One such thing is how important an amah is to some citizens in Hong Kong.  When we knew we were moving to Hong Kong, I had a few people ask me if I was going to get an amah while we were there.  I had no idea what they were talking about.  It wasn’t until we were looking for apartments some furnished and some not, that in every one there was a very small room, and a separate small bathroom for live in amahs.

An amah is a live in domestic helper whose duties involve everything for taking care of a household and beyond:  cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, taking care of children, taking children to school, and even washing cars and carrying golf cubs.  You name it they do it.  Many become permanent members of the family and are with them for years.  In some families, they are loved like family members and in some are treated more like employees.  I didn’t have an amah while living in Hong Kong but got to know a few of them in my building and while shopping in our local market.

Sunday is their only day off and Hong Kong transforms itself on this day when all the amahs meet each other in parks, and line the sidewalks of major streets with blankets. They visit, have picnics, sing, dance, play cards and enjoy themselves.  It literally feels like a crowd lining up for a major parade.  The noise in the air is so intriguing with a mix of their native language, music and laughter.

The majority of the amahs in Hong Kong are women from the Philippines.  Many leave their own families, including their children,  behind  to be cared for by family members in order to earn more money in Hong Kong to support them.  With the recent devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, many still don’t know if family members are still alive or safe.


www.kimminichiello.comHong Kong Happy Hour, Limited Edition Print Available on My Web Site

I would like to invite you to help in any way that you can support the relief effort for those in the Philippines!  I will be donating a portion of the proceeds for all sales of prints and note cards on my web site for this relief effort through the Red Cross for the rest of this month and December.  You can visit my print shop on my web site by clicking here.  You can also make donations directly to the Red Cross relief effort by clicking here.

Thank you for your interest in my work and your support!

Two Great Events Last Week

127 SoBo Rhonda Walsingham

 127 SoBo photo by Rhonda Walsingham

What a busy and amazing week!  I was honored to have a painting in included in the inaugural exhibition Artists on Fire at 127 SoBo, the new Winter Garden Arts Association.  Many thanks to Mary Keating and all the other  Board Members and folks who have made this place a reality.   I can’t wait to see and be a part of how it will grow and evolve!  Click here to see Rhonda Walsingham’s photos of the opening night.

Fire Performer by Rhonda WalsinghamFire Performer at Opening Night photo by Rhonda Walsingham

Last Saturday was the show for our friend Dan Colonna who is beating a rare form of brain cancer.  Thanks again to all the folks at Walt Disney Imagineering who put together this great show for Dan. And, also many thanks to 127 SoBo for being the host for the event.    It was so well organized, there was a huge turn out with so many generous people helping Dan and his family!

For Dan

 Get Things Started.. For Dan

Artists on Fire will be up at the gallery until the end of November.  Dan Colonna is the featured artist!  Stop by and see his and many other artist’s work and support this new art venture in our community!

Artists on Fire Exhibition, 127 SoBo, Winter Garden Florida

www.kimminichiello.comChinese Puppets are Waiting in the Wings, Watercolor on Archival Paper

I am very excited that my local community of Winter Garden Florida is establishing an art  association in the old fire station in historic downtown Winter Garden.  This painting, Waiting in the Wings, will be on exhibit and for sale in their inaugural exhibition, “Artists on Fire,”  which will run from November 7-November 30.  Opening reception will be Thursday, November 7, tonight,  from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The address is 127 South Boyd, or now referred to as 127 SoBo. The sale of all the art will go toward, this wonderful new, non- profit art organization that is going to be such an asset to local artists and the community!    Hope to see you there!!

This is huge for artists on the west side of Orlando.  Most art centers, life drawing opportunities, classes, galleries, and art happenings are  downtown or on the east side of town.   I hope to do workshops, participate in shows,  and volunteer for a wide variety of art events.   If you are a local artist please support this wonderful new venture in downtown Winter Garden!

My Web Site’s Limited Edition Prints & Note Cards Shop is Now Open!

www.KimMinichiello.comTuscan Olives availbable now as a Limited Edition Print to order click here.

Hope you all had a Happy Halloween and aren’t on too much of a sugar high today!

I am thrilled to finally announce that my Limited Edition Prints & Note Cards on-line store is finally open on my website!  I have been asked by many friends and collectors if I would offer prints of my work, to make having one of my pieces more affordable.  I spent the past summer researching various options to give everyone the best quality giclee prints that are as close to my originals as possible.  I am supporting a local business here in Orlando, who will scan, color correct and provide me a color proof of each painting, which I approve, before any prints are made.  Each print will be signed and numbered by me and will come with a letter of authenticity. I have a few prints available now and will add more this month, and as I create new works!  I am offering note cards too!  Keep checking back as there will be more prints and cards available. Prints and note cards  would make wonderful Christmas gifts!  All sales will go through Pay Pal, and will be shipped directly to you!   And better yet, all prices include shipping! You can start shopping now by clicking here!

I will be announcing a couple of give aways this month, so stay tuned!  You can subscribe to my blog via the Subscribe section on the side bar,  Subscribe to my Monthly Newsletter, or like my Facebook Fan Page to stay in the loop.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support of my work! I very much appreciate it!! And now, on to eating more chocolate. 🙂