West Hawaii Plein Air Painters Schedule

27.mar.2015– Keauhou Store – they’re ready for us, they think . . . go up Mamalahoa or the island belt road or Kuakini (I think the road is all of these at this point) at any rate it’s highway 11, towards Kainaliu – past Kam III and the road that leads to the dept of water supply (big green sign says “arrow” “Keauhou” “Holualoa”) go past that to the next mauka road (the sign is missing) that is next to the white cinderblock building with a blue mansard roof – take that road the short distance to the upper road and make a right – here’s what it looks like:

Don’t park directly across the street from the store – use your discretion but they rely on drive in trade so keep the parking by the store available to customers.  This is a wonderful architectural gem and with it local food and snacks – maybe hang around afterward for some munchies.

If you’re still confused – google it – there’s a map right there at the website.

See you there:


I’ve started a playlist on You Tube for demos and other interesting videos – so far I’ve collected some good information on color theory, a few demos, and some quality information on the difference between whites in oil paints.  I’ll start collecting some demos and such for watercolors and pastels and even (horrors) acrylics in the future.  Address:
especially watch “is your red the same as my red” something I’m sure we’ve all thought about.
Give the tube a try – just run a search for “your media demos” you’ve be surprised at what shows up.

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:


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!!