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.

1.aug – Kahalu’u Beach Parkjust down south on Ali’i Drive next to the old Keauhou Outrigger Hotel - this is a wonderful beach for snorkeling as well as painting and especially people.  This is a pretty expansive venue and there are a lot of stuffs to paint and plenty of shade so bring your snorkel and fins, something for lunch and – yeah – some painting stuff and there you go.  I don’t know where I’ll be, but let’s plan on the critique around the pavilion, unless there’s a loud birthday party going on. A beautiful beach, lots of shade, and maybe lots of people for those of you that like that kind of stuff.

see you there

Originals gallery:
Prints gallery:

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.

Here’s an entertaining documentary (?) movie about Rembrandt’s “the Night Watch” and how it destroyed the end of this great artist’s career.  Humorous and a little campy, but shows that there’s more to a painting then paint.  “J’Accuse” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miakrOVtKQA

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:



I've always been rather disdainful of abstract paintings and photography in general, but the other day I came across some photos that would have knocked my socks off (if I had any on, of course) by a really fine photographer named Mary Mansey (find her here: Mary Mansey) - so - i had to try it:

First Stage:  the ocean floor

 Final: light and sky reflections
Honokohau Harbor Bottom - 16x12 - studio oil


It didn't have to look like anything and it was just like kindergarten all over again - hahahahaha - I'm going to do lots more of them!

Practicing with a Plastic Crutch

Nice title, eh?

I don't do this very often - probably not often enough, but I was hesitant about painting a lot of foam on top of what was a pretty complicated piece of deep ocean - easy enough to do a wipe, but that never leaves the underlying painting as fresh and clean as it was - so . . . I used a clear piece of plastic sheet for practice.  Here I used one of those clear envelopes that we use to protect prints for sale:

showing the crutch

with the crutch painted

Of course the problem was I really liked the plastic sketch and as far as part of my mind was concerned (there's not that much left) I had finished the painting and it was time to go on to another one.  Months later (two days ago) I finally got it done:

Leo's Backyard2 - 11x14 - Plein air oils

and I like it better!


New Studio Work - Stage One

Starting with a yellow ground ("summer squash" exterior enamel) on loose canvas I applied color with a brush and wiped back to the yellow with a cotton rag to give a resemblance (dare I say "Impression"?) of the sea bottom - there are some drippy green things in the upper left hand corner that I'll call "sea weed" and I'll call that long ropy thing a piece of hose. Next stage is glazing to develop the color of the water, and then the application of opaque color to describe the top interface of the water - fun.

under Honokohau Harbor - 12x16 on canvas - studio