Monday, November 12, 2012

2012 Koolau - Mokoli'i

So last Tuesday was election day in the United States. To avoid being online constantly clicking the update button on the Huffington Post, I decided to drive around the island and go to the beach and paint.

Both these paintings are of Mokoli'i or Chinaman's Hat, because of its resemblance to a straw hat. The Hawaiian legend of this island deals with a giant lizard or Mo'o and a great Hawaiian warrior defeating it and throwing its tail into the water. The tail is the island of Mokoli'i.

This is at Kuoloa Beach Park. It was bright when I got there and by the end of the drawing session it was getting kind of cloudy. I think I captured the change in light pretty well.

My mom did a celebration of this special place on her website,

"Art is both the taking and giving of beauty; 
the turning out to the light the inner folds 
of the awareness of the spirit. 
It is the recreation on another plane 
of the realities of the world; 
the tragic and wonderful realities of earth and men,
 and of all the inter-relations of these." 
~Ansel Adams

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