20150830

sketching Hawaii





The Ko'olau mountains usually are engulfed in clouds, which makes the sunrise beautiful.
Below, the hills much closer to our apartment are remnants of a small volcanic crater (unlike the enormous volcano that resulted in the Ko'olaus).



20150827

more from the sketchbook






In January, we sold our boat after living aboard for a year, and in April, we moved to Hawaii.  In the months before the move, I biked around to familiar places in San Diego and did little sketches.  Sort of saying goodbye. 


This is the first one I did after we got to Hawaii.  We're definitely not in Kansas any more!



20150826

pages from the sketchbook






I made a pocket-size sketchbook using Hahnemuhle Ingres drawing paper, which has become a favorite support for watercolor as well.  Some of those works in the last post are also on that paper.  This tiny sketchbook went with me everywhere while we were preparing to move away from San Diego, and I did a bunch of these little studies, a couple of them out on the Point not far from Cabrillo.  I'll post a few more tomorrow.

20150824

Better late than never...




These are small watercolors I did east of San Diego, from a few months back.  I'll post a few more soon, and talk about where I am and what I'm doing now.  

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East County sketches






All about 5 x 7", plein air sketches

20141023

San Diego River wetland. 5 x 7".

Dowitcher

Little Blue Heron

Long Billed Curlew

20141020

Birds of Paradise, 5x7". A day trip to the Irvine Museum with a dear friend.

Limited palette experiment--raw sienna, English red, Payne's gray. 5x7", Hahnemuhle bamboo paper.

20140919

Sunset, Waikiki. Farewell to Hawaii for now, but not for long.

20140917

Pyramid Rock, beach at MCBH, Kaneohe Bay. It was almost too hot to paint that day and no shade around, so this was done very quickly indeed.

Studies of the lava mountains above Waikiki that form the Honolulu watershed.

Different time of day and rare cloud-free sun.


20140915

 Hibiscus blossom. Flowers everywhere here.

20140912

Mokule'ia Beach Park, Oahu's north shore. 

Sea turtle studies. There were several of these beautiful endangered beings at the shore, but they don't stay long and it's forbidden to get close to them.

Clear, warm water and coral reefs, hardly anyone else around. A wonderful swim in the company of many fishes. 

20140908


Pu'u O Hulu (distant) and Ma'ili'ili seen from Kane'ilio Point, Waianae.  Looking southward on Oahu's western shore.

Papaya. The fruit here is unsurpassable.

20140906

Kaneilio Point, Poka'i Bay, Waianae.

Java Sparrows, aka Java Finches. Classed as vulnerable on the endangered species list, because Asian countries are trying to eradicate them as rice-eating pests. Here in Hawaii, they are loved. Although still scarce, they're doing better.

20140831


 Diamond Head at mid-day seen from Ala Wai canal, buildings and cars edited out.


I think this is an immature coconut. About three inches in length, much smaller than a regulation coconut; fell from a palm tree that was full of them.

20140827


 La'ie Point, a lava projection, state beach park.


Ahupua'a O Kahana State Park, seen from Ka'a'awa. These volcanic mountains (called pali) are everywhere on Oahu, a reminder that the entire island is made of lava.

20140826


Mākaha State Beach Park.


Sweetest pineapple ever.


Diamond Head, Waikiki.

20140823

Hawaii

 Ala Wai Canal and Diamond Head Crater.

 Koolau Mtn range. Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve is up in those mountains, almost always engulfed in rain clouds and fog.

Ocean, Waikiki.

20140817

Vegas

 The road to Vegas. That billboard advertises a pawn shop.




Monsoons and great desert color.