Author Archives: Patricia Elser

About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.

Nawiliwili, Kuaui, Hawaii

5/6/19 – Monday By 8:30 am we were meeting with our tour guide for Holland America’s “Wailua River Cruise and Fern Grotto” Tour. Sights at the Grotto – according to Judy many ferns have died because of Hurricanes: Iwa in … Continue reading

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Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

5/5/19 – Sunday You think we’ve been getting up early for our exercises, THIS morning we were up on a top deck at 6 am to watch the sunrise over Honolulu Bay. Our Polynesian Ambassadors celebrated a traditional “Welcome to … Continue reading

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Five Days At Sea

4/30/19 – Tuesday until 5/4/19 – Saturday Now 5 days at sea may seem like a boring proposition. Believe it or not, we were crazy busy and struck that we didn’t have time for all that we wanted to do. … Continue reading

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Pago Pago, American Samoa and American Samoa National Park

4/29/19 – Monday After our exercises and breakfast we could actually walk off the ship at this dock. Boy, was it hot and steamy, that’s why my first photo was like this: We continued on for about a couple miles … Continue reading

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Savusavu, Fiji

4/28/19 – Sunday Savusavu Camera Vacation Since we had no tours scheduled for this very small island, we did our exercises, then left at 9 on a tender (boat) to walk along a sidewalk of souvenir tables, then we found … Continue reading

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Lautoka, Fiji

4/27/19 – Saturday Thermal Mudpool Tour This was another Vacations to Go tour (Thermal Mudpool) and one of my favorites, right next to Hobbiton and the Glow Worm Cave/Kauri Trees tours. Only John and I and two sisters were on … Continue reading

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Sea Day – heading to Fiji

4/26/19 – Friday Again we got in our exercising. I also added a Stretch and Release class while John went to a talk on Hawaii and Vancouver. We both enjoyed the Test Kitchen project “Flavors of the Mediterranean” with special … Continue reading

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Easo, Lifou, New Caledonia

4/25/19 – Thursday Another Holland America tour today (the other was of the Glow Worm Cave and Kauri Trees): Cliffs of Jokin. As we continue getting closer to the equator, it’s getting really hot and humid. Whereas we loved and … Continue reading

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Tadine, Mare, New Caledonia

4/24/19 – Wednesday Because we don’t have to get off early for a scheduled tour today, we got our exercises in. I also added an Abs class. Whoa, that truly was a challenge for my abs! We took a tender … Continue reading

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Sea Day – heading to New Caledonia

4/23/19 – Tuesday Again we faithfully exercised. Then I went to a “Polyfit” class, taught by one of the Polynesian Ambassadors, (Keoni). I loved how fun it was yet how hard I worked, sweating by the end. Great music, great … Continue reading

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