Sunday, April 24, 2011

Progress on a Diptych

I finally put paint on canvas for a pair of figurative paintings for my client on Kaua'i. The male and female figures are supposed to evoke the mythic nature of the place where the house is being built, on the far end of the North Shore. Limahuli Valley is a beautiful park now, filled with ancient Hawaiian walls and functional taro patches, and a wide variety of native plant species. To achieve this the workers had to clear out a profusion of non-native invasive species that have congested most areas of all the islands.

The palette of the diptych will be very subdued, like several earlier commissions which I'm showing here as well. I'm getting to that in a circuitous manner, doing the initial blocking in with a relatively unrestrained color range which I'll dampen down as I progress.


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