Thursday, April 24, 2008

Oh What a Beautiful Morning

Oh! What a Beautiful Morning
9 x 12 soft pastels on Art Spectrum Colourfix
Miki Willa
This is another based on a photo my husband took. One of my favorite places for views of the Waianae Mountains is from Hickam Air Force Base. There is a wide channel that runs from the ocean into the lochs at Pearl Harbor, and it runs by Hickam. There is a great park and path that goes along the waterfront. I have done a few plein air paintings there, but I don't think I have posted them because it was before I started this blogging adventure. You never know what you are going to see there. One day, I watched a nuclear sub make its way to sea. It is also directly under the flight path for the landing fields for both Hickam and Honolulu International, so all manner of interesting planes come and go. But I go for the trees, water, and mountains.
The skill I was working on for this painting was using value to create perspective. I am pretty pleased with the overall outcome. This is also my first boat. I did a close up of part of a derelict barge, but not a whole boat before. The lines can really fool you if you are not paying close attention.


Tom said...

Oh what a wonderful painting. It really floats my boat. I love the mountains ridges, the greens and blue, with blues in the water. I know that some of those values are cascading down to the water, wonderful.
My eye is drawn to the canopy of the cataraman which appears to be a triraman. In 1976 I knew some guys who built one in the driveway and just squeezed it down the driveway between the house and garage. That's another story. I am wondering if the hull color my be an option for that element?
Excellent painting...the rigging and sail are spectacular.

Julie - said...

The sail looks as if it is really moving in the wind - I agree with Tom; wonderful effects.

Things settling down my end - went to a botanic garden this afternoon.