I’m getting ready to head to Maui in a few weeks for the Maui Plein Air Invitational, and also to teach a workshop. I thought it would be fun to share a few images from previous visits to Hawaii. The painting above is Canoe Club 12×24″ oil on linen panel. 2013. I love painting boats at home in Maine, so I decided to try my hand at some of the traditional Hawaiian canoes and outriggers the past few years. This was an added challenge because of the dappled light in the foreground.
Lahaina Reflections 14×11″ oil on linen panel. 2013. This was painted during the 2 hour quick-paint event on the final day of the event last year. I was standing on the breakwall in the harbor looking back across at the West Maui mountains. The artists are all given 2 hours to paint, and have to immediately deliver our work to the gallery when the time is up. It’s lots of fun for the spectators and a little intense for the painters.
Waterman’s Home 11×14″ oil on linen panel 2013. I love the color of the canoe and the look of a yard filled with toys. I was most focused on interesting brushwork. I wanted to find simple solutions to difficult parts of the image. Specifically the palm fronds draped over the canoe and the colors within the lawn. See the detail below for a closer look at what I came up with. I wanted a variety of thin and thick, and light washes with nice linear elements.