Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Commissioned Painting

I've been working on this commissioned piece for some nice folks in Kona. They had seen my paintings in Mary Philpotts' book "Hawai'i: A Sense of Place"
and wanted something with a similar feeling. But after a number of sketches they settled on a composition that smacks more of 18th century European landscape painting than the orientalist/deco of the previous triptych. So I got to try my hand at these somewhat doll sized figures in a stylized Kona beach scene. The big tree is a milo, which is one of my favorite Hawaiian coastal plants. I'm using acrylics with metallic areas and a few textural passages. It's all quite a challenge for me!

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