Samoan Fire Dancer painting…time in Hawaii

Keeper of the Fire ~ 24″ x 30″ oil on canvas 
Soooo….I have a confession to make. 
I haven’t posted a thing in so long because…I am in Hawaii! I have been for the last two months!
I’ve been soaking up the sun, enjoying the beach, and relishing the time with my family, uninterrupted by school and work. I haven’t painted very much. I haven’t wanted to interrupt this special time. When I paint, I want to be left alone. I resent the attention everyone else demands from me, and I become a lot more selfish. And the more I paint, the more I want to paint. 
This vacation I wanted to just be. Just be with my kids and my husband.
My marriage has become even more precious, my relationship with my children has blossomed. (They are such amazing human beings!) I love to see them learning about their new environment, excited and curious again. I don’t feel like they’re missing too much, being away from school. They do their homework every day, and it hardly takes an hour. The rest of the day they get to learn about Hawaii, and they’re so enthusiastic in their learning. They can name all of the Hawaiian fish, and many of the flowers and birds. They’re just little sponges! I wish my memory was half as good!
I have painted a bit, when they were doing something that didn’t interest me, or when I absolutely had to off-gas some creative energy, for fear of exploding! I’ve done a few little horses, which have all sold, and this monster of a painting.(above) 
I got the idea for him last year, after seeing photos of the Samoan fire dancers. The contrast of fire and darkness is so powerful and dramatic. I wanted to add a feeling of ancientness, of story, so I added the petroglyphs.
I hope you like it:)