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.

Didn’t get around to visiting the site until yesterday to confirm that it would be open after the “surf event” that we had last week – looks good – just needs another 12 years reconstruction work on the wall – again.

jan.30.2015 – Kaloko Ponds Go north on Queen K until just before the Hina Lani street traffic light (goes up into Costco) when you see the yellow hashmarks in the center of the highway begin looking makai for the back side of a stop sign and a lava rock road – that’s it.  Lots of shade and things to paint.  Through the tunnel to the surfing beach to the South there’s some sort of structure (old Hawaiian copy, I think) that may be an interesting paint – check it out.  There is an area next to the ponds under the trees where you may not go – look for the sign – no, I mean really LOOK FOR IT – almost not there, but there’s a ranger lady that will want to give you a really expensive ticket if you’re over there painting – this is progress – stay on the beach and mind your business – it’s for your own good.

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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Just Back from the Hawi Gallery

A favorite, probably because I just love to paint out there - National Energy Labs Hawaii - Wawaloli Bay - a lot of interesting techniques in the foreground and love the colors! - 14x11 - plein air oils on board:

Wawaloli Bay Keiki Pond - 14x11 - Plein Air Oils on panel

Please visit this painting and the prints gallery by clicking on the image - mahalos



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!!