This is panel 2 of a painting of a small Hawaiian island off the Windward side of Oahu, called Mokoliʻi by the Hawaiian, but known locally as Chinaman's Hat. It features coconut palms slowly swaying in the breeze. I decided to paint this because I saw others selling generic (Caribbean) tropical island scenes with a bunch of palm trees, and it seemed to be a popular type of image, very relaxing. But in Hawaii? You should be selling Hawaiian scenes, we have plenty of great scenes and views here in Hawaii. Why not palm tree scenes with a distinctive Hawaiian flair? Then I remembered a guy selling small windward seascapes with palm trees casting their shadows on the sand and lazy sea on the zoo fence. He did pastels that at first looked like photos, and his work was popular. So I put together a sketch that included a popular windward island, with palms. And then I developed it into a long painting that looks great separated into 4 panels. This is 2 of 4, you need to order each of the other 4 panels also.
February 25th, 2015
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