The painting above was painted during the Maui Plein Air Invitational last week. I had a great time painting with a great group of artists. I am really proud that among such great painters, I was given the Artist’s Choice Award, and an Honorable Mention for the painting above. After a few previous trips to Maui, it was a real treat to stumble onto a new scene with so much color. I was initially drawn to the lanterns, the color of the house, and the bright canoes that lead the viewer into the scene. It was also a fun challenge to paint the palm fronds draped over the top of the foreground canoe.