Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Island afternoon

One after noon while walking around a park area on Maui looking at the palms and mountains, I ran into someone else doing the same. “Are you looking for a painting?” he said. Obviously another artist. It was Carleton Kinkade, a local resident who was part of the Plein Air Invitational. We both set-up in about the same spot for the late-afternoon light. A little later two others joined in the fun.

I tried, in about two hours, to get an average of the light. By the end it was much more dramatic. I'll have to do it again. I didn't like the pale blue-green, contemporary little house on the left so I gave it more of an island feel.

Afterwords, I joined the others at the Pioneer Inn for some much needed thirst quenching.

Tall palms, oil, 16" x 9"

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Manitou Music Festival

I'm happy to announce that my painting “Rising Moon” was chosen for the 2012 Manitou Music Festival poster.

From their website:
“Founded in 1991 by members of the Glen Arbor Art Association, the Manitou Music Festival takes place in the pastoral splendor of Leelanau County, in the Northwest corner of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. This "Land of Delight” has long attracted artists, writers, musicians and vacationers with its dramatic settings of towering dunes, pure inland lakes, lush hardwood and pine forests and the majesty of Lake Michigan. The Manitou Music Festival presents exciting and diverse concerts featuring national and regional performers of classical, jazz, and folk music in idyllic outdoor & family friendly locations.

Each year the Glen Arbor Art Association selects a painting which conveys a sense of the Glen Arbor area for the annual Manitou Music Festival poster. The limited edition posters are hugely popular and sold on our web-site, at the Art Association office, and selected shops and art galleries in Leelanau County.”

The Glen Haven Cannery is a historic building in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, part of the National Parks system. There are two islands off the lakeshore, North and South Manitou, that the festival gets it's name from.

One of my favorite places to paint. I'm honored that the painting was chosen.

Rising Moon, oil 13" x 20"
(poster, 18" x 24")

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Afternoon shore

An afternoon view from North Kaanapali Beach. A great walking beach and good place for watching distant tails (whales) and sails. This is another one I had to pause from a couple of times because of a light shower. Blue sky over the ocean and above, but behind me some “liquid sunshine” blowing off of the West Maui Mountains.

Between the islands, oil, 8" x 10"