Hawaii Kauai Plein Air 2015 - Part 1

I had ben looking forward to Plein Air Painting on Kauai for several months.  I loaded up on some new Michael Harding paint and 9 x 12 canvas and linen panels and Ampersand Gessobords. 

After some research and resting from 24 hour travel time, we chose Kealia Beach for our first outing.

Started at 6:00am to paint a sunrise.  Since we did not arrive exactly when I planned, I did not get my palette puddles completed in time.  Therefore, the painting lacked the harmony I wanted.

Kealia Beach Sunrise
12 x 9 oil on canvas
10-19-15

After i completed this, my wife Kathleen drove to KaPaa and picked up carry out breakfast consisting of omelets and potatoes with onions, peppers and bacon. Gluten free.   I moved my easel to another spot on the and painted looking north.  After #1, I had an established palette from which to work, so i achieved better harmony. 

Kealia Beach #2 Northside
12 x 9 oil on canvas
10-19-15

While I painted, she took a walk and when she returned she said "you should see what is behind those rocks".  So we packed up the SUV and drove on the beach around the rocks and there was this beautiful and energetic breakwater.  This was what I painted. 

Kealia Beach #3 Northside Breakwater
12 x 9 oil on canvas12 x 9
10-19-15

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The surf was very high energy but also calming, I attempted to capture this dynamic.  

  This Plein Air really stretched our endurance and stamina standing and painting in the sun for 9 hours.  I at first thought I would "fix" anything which was wrong later because I was really tired.  However, when we returned to Houston several days later I decided to leave all as they were at the moments of my waning energy.  As pure Plein Air.

 

This Plein Air really stretched our endurance and stamina standing and painting in the sun for 9 hours. 

I at first thought I would "fix" anything which was wrong later because I was really tired.  However, when we returned to Houston several days later I decided to leave all as they were at the moments of my waning energy.  As pure Plein Air.

 

The next day I did a study on Hanalei Mountains.  
12 x 9 Oil on Canvas Panel.
10-20-15

Supposedly wettest place on earth, so they say.

Supposedly wettest place on earth, so they say.

Maha'ulepu or Maha’ulupu Beach (Gillin’s Beach)
12 x 9 Oil on OPL DLX Linen Panel
October 21, 2015

Just another gorgeous day at the office.  I liked how this turned out.

In case you want to know what I used: Michael Harding Paint, Open Box M, Bestbrella, Columbia Omni Shade sun shirt, Maui Jim Sunglasses (have to protect the eyes!).

 

Marimba Player

Marimba Player
20 x 16 Oil on Canvas

20 x 16 Oil on Canvas  

On vacation, my wife and I went to Hawaii.  After the day long travel and finally checking in, we ventured down to the bar.  Sitting there unwinding and taking in the cool nighttime Pacific breeze, I began to notice the three-piece band and their rhythmic music.  The man on the instrument of which I did not know the name was highly animated and making a sweet moving latin inspired melody.  The base player was smoothly keeping the crew in beat and the drummer in the back was smiling and enjoying himself immensely.  Well, I had to go back to our room and get my camera.  I knew this would be a great painting subject.   This was a fun and challenging painting.  It won Best of Show at a LSAG Spring Show and is now in a private collection. 
I took many pictures and at first, they were disappointing.  Because of this painting, I upgraded my studio lighting system.  Several rolls of film later, I finally was able to take a suitable picture for my records.  
Big help from Will at Houston Camera Exchange, 713-789-6901.

Marble Falls Paint the Town 2015

This is the third adventure to Marble Falls to participate in a painting competition and I do so with  anticipation and trepidation.  I have expectaions to succeed and improve.  

We arrived the night before and stayed at the Hampton.  The next morning was heavily overcast and misty; forebode of impending rain. My kind of  day.  We scouted possible sites; I strive to find unique subjects, how many times can one paint the most popular restaurant in town?  While driving around, I saw a train trestle to my left and after a sloshing through a park, was able to settle on a concrete pad just near to my new subject: Brokeback Creek Trestle.

I composed and completed a 20 x 16 oil painting on Ampersand Gessobord in that same day as we had dinner plans that evening.  

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The next morning I woke up very early to paint sunrise and did this Stormy Sunrise in the dark.  12 x 9 Oil on Ampersand Gessobord.

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I entered both in the contest and to my genuine surprise the Brokeback Creek Trestle earned 5th place!  Praise God.  Both were auctioned off to successfully culminate a wonderful weekend.  I"ll be back.

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