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


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.

Sorry for the confusion last week – since then I’ve discovered how to send a text to a bunch of different people at the same time – might come in handy in the future.

7.nov.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).  The beach at the end and the beach to the makai side (isn’t that a surprise?) are also nice to paint.  Critique to be in one of the pavilions by the bathrooms to the north end of the runway, makai.

14.nov.2014 KUA BAY  – I’ve been avoiding this lovely place to paint because there isn’t much (any) shade and it can be brutal in the summer – but it’s November – so: North on Queen K to the makai access road between the 88 and 89 mile markers.  Usually excellent snorkeling and boogie boardeling, but very little shade except a few trees at the entrances to the beach.  In the morning the water is an exceptional blue/green, and the surf break is abnormally straight with some really interesting stuff happening under water, optically – well, ok, I guess you have to be there.

21.nov.2014 – NATURAL ENERGY LABORATORIES HAWAII (Wawaloli Point) – go out north on Queen K to around the 94 mile marker – look for the sign that points makai and says “ NATURAL ENERGY LABORATORIES HAWAII” or something close to that, some interesting buildings around the entrance – drive straight makai and when the road turns kohala (right) there’s a beach and there you go.  Tidal pool that should be full, good views back at huliluli, bathrooms and shade – that’s the whole package.

28.nov.2014 – MAGOONS’ BEACH aka MAHAI’ULA BAY -  everyone’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 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 location” mentioned above, out the path by the luas.

See you there,

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
or at their website:



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.