Monday, February 6, 2012

Postcards from Maui

If you lug your paints with you all the way to Maui you really do have to take them out at some point between the bobbing around in warm ocean water, watching whales, and scaling volcanoes to put brush to paper.

 Maui Palms and Surf - Watercolor on Paper - Maui 2012

Having gone from the snowy Pacific Northwest to the artsy, surfer town of Paia on Maui this winter was a real treat if not an outright miracle. The local beach was a highlight of my trip and the visual elements that struck me the most were the tall graceful vertical trunks of the Palm Trees standing against the rolling horizontal waves of the surf.

 Maui Valley with Palms and Surf - Watercolor on Paper - Maui 2012

Another dramatic visual was the plunging symmetrical triangle shape of certain mountains and valleys. In this painting I played with bringing those shapes into my palm/surf juxtaposition. 

 Painting Palm Trees on the Kitchen Table at Poni Place

I always like working at a kitchen table best and the nice thing about this kitchen table is that it had a big circulating fan right above it. Watercolor is great for travel. All you need is an old tuna can for water and as I discovered rummaging through my friend's recyclables, an inside out milk carton makes a fine watercolor palette.


  1. I delight in, result in I found exactly what I was looking for. You've ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye
    Georgian Shell Fireback - 21 ½'' H x 18'' W

  2. Awesome paintings and happy birthday! (yesterday) Joseph just had a major artistic breakthrough with his crayons--he draws trees! He does a big scribble at the top and then one line going down and points out the window at the trees! He keeps drawing the same thing over and over.

  3. I love your wonderful paintings. I am delighted with it. Just keep it up. I would like to suggest EPSON Premium Luster Photo Paper for improving your paints and with the other product which EPSON has. Very reliable with its high quality and longevity of paper.