Haiku View…Maui

Marissa’s View 

Here’s another Maui sketch…this time from Up-Country, in Haiku. Unfortunately the photo doesn’t do the sketch justice. The left side is all washed out.I don’t have a scanner here, so I have to try to photograph it…yuk! Anyways, it’ll do.  
I love it so much up in Haiku. It’s the country, what I’m used to. Away from the tourists and the crowds and the traffic. It’s just so relaxing. We had a nice visit with our friend’s Marisa and Chip yesterday and as we sat on the deck, Bill played guitar, and I chatted and sketched the view. I was taken by the atmospheric sense of distance, and that’s what first inspired me to sketch this scene…the light is great up there! I loved the hill, and how the graceful tree shape echoed it…and I just love those crooked fenceposts. It was a bonus that as I was finishing up, some cows and a horse wandered through the scene!

Moleskine in Paradise, Part 1

Moley in Paradise
Here it is! Proof! That I’ve been doing something other than lying on the beach all day. I’m lying on the beach AND drawing.
There’s also a painting in the works, but it’s not quite ready to show to you yet.
My daughter and I found these very interesting pods about a week and a half ago. They’re round, and split, with a spirally looking thing in the center and they smell delicious. They’re brown and hard, and very intriguing. So ever since then, I’ve been trying to hunt down what they are, and yesterday, I figured it out!
I was having a lovely Thai Iced Coffee at my favorite Wailuku Coffee shop, on my odd day “sans ma famille”, and a delicious fragrance was wafting through the shop. I noticed the flowers on the tables looked a lot like the ones that grew on the trees that dropped the pods, and discovered that they’re called a “Tahitian Gardenia” or “Tiare Flower”. I like the second name best, because it sounds kind of like my name:) So I proceeded to sketch the flower, and finish my moley spread. I think it would look better with color, but I don’t have anything to color it with yet…

What I drew today

Sketches: Friday, June 17, 2011
So, this is what I did today. I had every intention of painting “en plein aire” today, and even packed up my easel, paint, a canvas, snacks and water…I was ready to go. My intended destination was Clayton Falls, a gorgeous waterfall just past Bella Coola. I headed to town, leaving in the bright, warm sunshine, and the closer I got to the falls, the worse the weather was. I was dressed for hot sunny day, and by the time I got there it was cold and windy. Too cold to paint in what I was wearing. So, headed back up the valley towards home, and lo and behold, by the time I got back up here it was warm and sunny. (We have a few different eco-systems here in this valley) So I stopped by my friends, Holly and Fraser’s hotel, The Bella Coola Mountain Lodge…formerly known as the Coast Mountain Lodge and also the Brockton Inn, and enjoyed sipping green tea, playing with their adorable cats, and sketching from their back deck in the glorious sunshine.

One for the Sketchbook

My Boy Reading the Star Wars Encyclopedia
Hi everyone,
I don’t have a heck of a lot to share with you this week. I decided to take a week off of painting and do some much needed yard work and gardening, and the weather was nice, too, so I took advantage of that to get my quota of Vitamin D. But, I did do this little sketch of Jacob last night that I thought I’d share. It’s been a while since I posted any sketches since I’ve been painting pretty much full time. 
It’s been really nice to take a break, actually. I feel creatively re-charged, and I feel like painting now instead of sitting in front of the easel every morning with that feeling of dread, wondering when the creative juices that make painting fun, if not easy, are going to start flowing. It’s been a while since it hasn’t just felt like work. Anyways, back to the easel on Monday. I have a commission of a particularly complicated but beautiful tree I need to finish. I’ll post pictures when it’s done.
Cheers!