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!).