Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hawaii Commission

This was a very enjoyable commission that usually only comes once in a lifetime for an artist. Actually, as it turns out it was my second trip to the Big Island of Hawaii to work on paintings for the owner of a beautiful villa at the Mauna Kea Resort. In 2006 I spent 2 weeks painting "en plein air" completing 8 paintings that were purchased to replace good, but dated art from the 60s. And, 4 years later I was back to do a major work for an area outside the master bedroom. I had planned on doing a 4'x6' but found out after arriving that there was no way to really get the full 4'x8' sheet of 3/4" birch plywood cut down.

So the project turned into a full 4'x8' sheet. The finished work can be seen from the large oval pool as well as the dining room and living area. And, at night we discovered it glowing with the down lights from above the work. I was there 2 weeks and managed to finish it in 9 days, painting about 5 hours a day. Still time to enjoy the pool and the fantastic beach at the hotel. Every day was fantastic weather and was the only state among the 50 to be void of snow.