West Hawaii Plein Air Painters Schedule

All of these locations are singularly beautiful, photographs of most of them are available at  https://picasaweb.google.com/theislandartist - just look for the album named for the location.

Ok – so let’s see if this works – in an effort to reduce the effort (my effort, that is) the regular West Hawaii Plein Air Painters (how about changing the name to Kona Outdoor Painters – or – KOPS?) know where most of these locations are so only places and dates and any special circumstances will be listed in the email and the directions will be here on the blogsite.

Further – I’ll be scheduling for the entire month – any changes and the notice will come by email – SO – PAY ATTENTION TO THE EMAILS.

9.5.2014 – National Energy Labs Hawaii – NELH – go North from Kailua-town out Queen K – look for the green sign that says “National Energy Laboratory Hawaii” on it and FOLLOW THAT SIGN  and there you go to the beach straight ahead.    The tides should be good for painting in the morning and there’s lots of shade. 

9.12.2014 - Old Kona Airport - north of town drive straight on Kuakini highway at the palani light until you get to a really really wide really really straight road – that’s “the runway” of the old airport (hard to miss).  To the right (mauka) halfway to the end there is a garden with a walking path – lots of close up plants and trees and stuff here to paint – at the end is a grassy knoll (look out for snipers) where the critique will be.  The beach at the end and the beach to the makai side (isn’t that a surprise?) are also nice to paint.  See you there – maybe lunch somewhere afterwards downtown.
9.19.2014 - MaGoon’s Beach aka Mahai’ula Bayeveryone’s favorite place to paint and a great place to just be.  Out north on Queen K to between the 90 & 91 mile markers – look for the sign that says “Kekahakai State Park” – caution – this park is split into two pieces and has two entrances, make sure you are between the 90 & 91 mile markers – turn makai and the best thing that you can say about access is that it’s not as bad as it used to be.  Park in the first parking area and follow the path north through the lava fields to the first (there are portapotties here) of three or four entrances to the beach through the trees and there you are.  It’s about a five minute walk to the first location and about ten minutes out to the house.  If you’re not up for the walk, drive to the end of the entry road where there are bathrooms and another beach that’s much more accessible and still a good place to paint.  Critique will be at the first beach location at the entrance by the portapotties.

9.26.2014 - Honokohau National Park Go on out Queen K (North, of course, of course) and take the entrance to Honokohau Harbor – take the first right around the restaurant and continue to the sail boat storage at the makai end of the parking lot – make a left and then a right to drive along the harbor entrance and park close to the gate.  Get your stuff and walk with the water to the left until you see the entrance to the park and there you are.  Lots of shade and interesting stuff to paint, but THE POWERS  in charge of this park decree that “thou shalt not insert an umbrella into the holy ground” – go figure.

Painting Sessions are from 9a to 12:30p with a short critique to follow

Kohala Plein Air Schedule - fridays
Hilo-side Plein Air Painting Schedule - thursdays
Leslie at: leslie@lesismore.us
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SKOILing at the National Energy Lab a few weeks ago

I call these small paintings "SKOILS" - SKetches in OILS - they're done in about an hour and are on half of a 9x12 loose sheet of canvas.  I've made two cigar box pochade boxes (here's one - http://theislandartist.blogspot.com/2009/09/cigarbox-paintbox.html) one of which is always ready to go out the door when i run errands - on the Big Island there are paintings everywhere and I hate not to be prepared.  This skoils is from the Wawaloli Bay kid's pool with the morning light shimmering through the shallow water.  6x9 Skoil

NELH Keiki Pond Shimmer - 9x6 SKOIL

NELH Keiki Pond Shimmer 2 - 9x6 SKOIL

SKOILS are like peanuts - it's hard to just eat one!!


Busy this week. Friday was a bust – after my trip to waimea on Thursday and running (ok – walking sort-of fast) on the treadmill for about 30 minutes, I just didn’t feel like painting and just sketched some people in watercolors and left kind of early. Last two days working on a “liquid abstract” – 30x40 

 Just the underwater part done – next, water and waves and sparkle – maybe some foam. And finished what looked like a crapcicle from keauhou the week before to where I really like it – back in the “you paint like darrell” days. 

 Three sisters – plein air skoil 

Probably not painting this friday with the supposed hurricane and such – according to how it’s blowing, I might end up at the old airport (would prefer NELH – the tide’s going to be good and the waves are usually astounding, but there’s no cover there unless I want to paint from the back of the jeep – done that before – just back into the view and set up in the rear – we’ll see.