Friday, January 23, 2009

Various Big Island Adventures

Here is my most recent portrait, of John Ballentine who lives in Oakland, CA.

My dear friend Pamela Stevenson visited for a week. After a strenuous year of creating a gigantic wood firing kiln in British Columbia she was here for a bit of down time, relaxing in my studio and at the beach. We visited the volcano briefly, where the goddess Pele enters the sea with much heat and light, and the amazing sight of glowing rocks floating on the waves. We drove up the Hamakua Coast to Ahualoa, passing a stunning view of Mauna Kea in its snow-capped glory. On the Kohala coast my brother took this picture of me sketching at Beach 67, under the keawe tree shade, where we went to check out the huge waves. On the way home we stopped for a swim at Honoli'i Beach just north of Hilo.

Yesterday Tuko and I painted botanicals in the gorgeous garden that Davis Dalbock has created up the Opihikao Road.