At the end of the Waimea Canyon road, you can see the beginnings of the cliffs that mark the Na Pali coast. The ocean and sky were so blue that I could not tell where one ended and the other began. I painted this sketch in about ten minutes at the overlook - could have stayed and painted all day... took photos instead.
December 2007 Archives
After a few rainier days, the sun was out today, and we all went to the beach together - 22 of us. I talked with my sisters, watched children digging, jumping, and splashing (splashed some myself, as well) took photos and painted.
Went on an excursion north to the Limahuli Garden and Preserve, part of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens. We went to the Allerton Garden yesterday. Both were beautiful. (It's amazing to travel with a brother who is a botanist - his friends show us the most spectacular things...) Today I was with a group including a young nephew and younger niece, so took photos since I could not stop to draw or paint. On the way home again, we stopped at Kilauea Point Lighthouse, where you can walk out along the top of the cliff and see Frigate Birds and Red-Footed Boobies soaring on the updrafts. It's a bird sanctuary, with albatross nesting areas, and Nene wandering around, and the conversation of tourists is drowned out in the roar of waves crashing against the red cliff faces.
(I've gotten back online for a moment to post these images - still trying to fix the wireless router to get more reliable access - Thank you all for the wonderful comments and warm wishes. I hope you are having a splendid holiday season.)
Headed for a family reunion holiday to honor my parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary. We are gathering in Hawai'i, on the island of Kaua'i - everyone in three generations. The plane trips were long, but not impossible. We slept, read, and talked. My daughter and I drew and painted, and wound up having a couple of good conversations about watercolor and materials with the flight's Purser - when she's not working, she lives on Oahu and paints.
(The internet connection where I am seems to come and go - this morning I was able to post, get email, and so on... I tell myself to let that be another aspect of the relaxation of my vacation. Some times I'll be able to post, perhaps some days I won't. Expect a full catch-up and the more regular posting rhythm to return in the new year.)
Drew in transit today, but find on arriving that the wifi here is not cooperating with my laptop. Can blog by phone, but not easily post pictures. I'll try to get it sorted out tomorrow when I'm less jet-lagged, or I'll post everything in a burst when I get back from my holiday.
(I'll draw every day..: can't imagine stopping just because I have technical difficulties with Internet access..)
One of three made after supper tonight. This one had an upside-down ice cream cone tree and a gum drop snowman. (It turns out that you can - gently - saw graham crackers with a serrated knife to get a pointed shape for the ends of a little house. All the rest is just royal icing and candy.)
We sat in the coffee shop at the bookstore for a while this afternoon. The kids drank fancy hot chocolate and ate cake, my husband looked at the paper, and I drew the view out the window across East Liberty toward Garfield Heights. The man reading a magazine kindly stayed in place until I was nearly done with the drawing.