Sunday, November 18, 2007

Wai'anae Ridge

Wai'anae Ridge
12.5 x 15.5 soft pastels on Art Spectrum Colourfix board
Miki Willa

Two of my favorite things about Oahu are the two mountain ranges that are remants of the two main shield volcanoes that make up the island. The Ko'olau Range is best viewed from the Windward side of the island. The wind and rain have deeply eroded this range, and it is painted often. Tom and I have both done several paintings from different view points. The Wai'anae Range can be seen from the Leeward side and the North Shore, and is less often found in local paintings. We live on the lower slopes of the leeward side of the Ko'olau Range. From our house, we can see the Wai'anae Range. Last weekend, it was so clear, we had to take a drive up our hill to get fuller views of the mountains so I could paint this. Most of the time, there is a bit of a haze and the ridges and valleys are not very clear. This tree is a mystery to us. We have them all over our neighborhood. The leaves are deep burgundy and dark green. In the spring, they are tinged golds, rusts, and oranges. We had a good laugh our first spring up here about the "fall" colors.

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