A Hawaiian Interlude

This is the first time we have been to any of the Hawaiian Islands. We decided to go to Kauai, the "Garden Island" as it is less developed and still quite rural.

Waimea Canyon

I think our favourite spot was Waimea Canyon. We visited twice and did the hike out to the waterfall you can just see in the top left-hand corner. NOT from the viewpoint of the camera, no, that would have taken years, okay, days, okay, a day....actually who knows, but further than I can throw. No, we drove to the look-out point, and then you can do a hike down to the falls from there. About an 1 hr down and 1 1/2 back. The extra 1/2 hour is for all the huffing and puffing back up a straight, never-ending incline. (Which was odd, because that incline wasn't there on the way down... )

 

The Napali Coast

The Napali Coast

This isn't our photo, but it is the best pic to show our trip on a catamaran up the Napali Coast; 70 miles of exquisite landscape. We stopped for a snorkel, and yes, the water is that ultra-marine blue. The Napali Coast "holds" Waimea Canyon, so to speak. 

The view from the catamaran.

We saw Spinner dolphins on our way up the coast, but they were sleeping. One woke up and did a spin in the air but that was it. On our way back though, they were awake and I think, waiting for the boats to come by to put on the show. They all chittered back and forth to each other, you could hear them quite clearly, and then they began their leaping spins out of the air.

And then, if that weren't fantastic enough...there was a BABY dolphin...fer crying out loud.... Can you see it? 

Here they are, zooming off the bow of our sister ship who met up with us.

 

And there were rainbows...

and sea turtles napping...

and sunsets...including the Green Flash!

The North End of the Island is quite different from the south, far more dramatic and more rain, as the mountains catch and hold the clouds. Fortunately, we has the blessing of both the sun and rain.

 

"In the Autumn Dawn"

...is the title of this piece that sold last week. It had not long been painted, out the studio door and sold to a happy person. When I asked her if she had seen the fox, she said that she had not and was very pleased when I pointed it out to her. She said she was busy looking at the flowers in the meadow. Exactly the effect I was looking for. I wanted that feeling of standing in the meadow by the woods, seeing all the small things and suddenly, maybe catching the movement of something just in the shadows, just in the boundary where the sunny meadow merges into the forest edge. 

 

In the Autumn Dawn Oil

In the Autumn Dawn Oil

fox detail

fox detail

Kinglet

"Ruby- Crowned Kinglet" Oil on Birch  12" X 12"

"Ruby- Crowned Kinglet" Oil on Birch  12" X 12"

We have a lot of kinglets around where I live. Usually they are high in the trees, squeaking their high-pitched rusty swing-set squeaks, but when they venture down to flit in and out of the shrub and branches, I catch a the flash of the ruby crown; such a bright streak in the undergrowth.

This fellow, painted in oil, is enjoying his penthouse view of the ocean.

Paper Forests

I've been messing with the mulberry paper tree sketches. Playing with the possibilities of collage. Not exactly sure where it is going. A sun in gold iridescent ink is need of course.

 

The gold pigment settles out of the medium to the bottom. I always like how it looks. The effect on paper is actually more subtle.

 I'm liking the layered look of the trees. It gives the feeling of spaces between things. The relationship of distances between and where we are in that. Air and space is not empty, but filled with an incredible amount of things whizzing in-between, we are just one of these forms, as are trees and rocks and birds and mountains...but all those in-between spaces... filled with potential and surprises.

I'm liking the stitching as well. Things being pulled back together. The thread is an iridescent blue. I wanted bronze or copper but alas, the sewing box is pretty empty of such things. So blue it is.  We shall see how things progress with this piece. I am curious as to where next.