Water, Skies, and Natural Landscapes from Oregon, Washington, and travels.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Kapa'a Sunrise Cumulus
The roosters began announcing the dawn at 4 AM. I know this because I set my alarm for 5 to give me time to walk down to the beach and set up for the 5:50 sunrise. The roosters beat me to it. On Maui, I always had to sit in the sand to paint sunrise. Here there is space under some ironwood trees, with scrubby, broad-bladed grass to keep the sand from leaping into my paint box. (I have not yet acquired my obligatory three-dollar grass mat.) Some intrepid grains of sand still manage to make the leap into my paints (two feet, I make it), and a few even get onto the painting, which is a full three-foot leap. How do they do it? Maybe I should give up and stand. Except that sitting by the beach to paint sunrise is tradition. It's part of the peaceful experience. I will sit, and risk the sand.
As a plein air painter, I spend many contented hours sitting in some inspiring spot with the sights and sounds of the outdoors, capturing my impressions of light and color. Back in the studio, these works expand, recreating a particular place in a special moment.
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