Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Hanalei Valley

Hanalei Valley
9 x 11 soft pastels on Art Spectrum Colourfix
Miki Willa

The Hanalei Valley is one of my favorite places in the islands. Located on Kauai near the north shore town of Hanalei, this is a very fertile place that has a long history of farming. This view is from the overlook at the top of the ridge before you follow the highway down to cross the first of the one-lane bridges into Hanalei. If you turn left just past the bridge, you can follow the river past rice patches interspersed with taro patches, or lo'i. The valley has a long and interesting history. It is worth a visit to the Horiguchi Rice Mill, the second building on the right in the painting, to learn about this rich history. Much of the taro for the islands comes from this place.

I also wanted to show off my new portable morning studio. It is a far cry from the several boxes perching on my desk and surrounding surfaces. Bless my wonderful husband for this wonderful gift.

1 comment:

Karen said...

Great set up! I wanted to thank you for your tip about the Heilman box. I do have the small Heilman but not the easel...your setup looks perfect. Beautiful painting too!