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.

Not enough hurricane to paint – I guess we’re just lucky, eh?

24.oct.2014Waialea aka Beach 69 – North on Queen K take the exit to Hapuna Beach – go past the A frames (we should rent one of these for the weekend one of these days) make the left turn but don’t go into the parking lot – continue driving looking makai until you see a paved parking lot – that’s it.  My favorite beach – huge piece of towering drift wood – ironwoods overhanging the beach – lots of great stuff, don’t miss it!  Our first chance to paint for a while as a group – it’ll be a nice treat!

31.oct.2014 – 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.

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
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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.