going to be a story about a couple who has taken
a cruise to the Hawaiian islands, docked in
Honolulu, and shopped in Waikiki. This painting
will show a vacationing couple on the deck of an
ocean liner, with the husband delivering a
tropical drink to his wife, who is reclining on
her teak lounge chair. Are they on the deck of
the ship or are they at home reenacting their
trip...you tell me!
cast metal 'boat clock' makes a great middle
ground in the design of the painting. I only had
one souvenir glass, so I will be painting it
twice. The plain glass was photographed to help
me with the lighting when I paint the 'souvenir'
glass in it's place.
had this 'Shawnee' planter head for quite a few
years. This is the perfect painting for it. The
vacationing couple will be positioned just to the
right of the planter, with the Polynesian goddess
looking down on the two of them.
concocted the background from a handful of old
postcards, enlarging them, cutting them up and
pasting them into one scene of the surf break at
Waikiki. Notice the Matson Lines cruise ship on
the horizon line on the far right.
tablecloth is something I made from an old pillow
case. The design is from an old piece of fabric,
showing a woman doing the hula to the sound of a
man playing the ukulele.
the props are in place. All I need now is to find
the right couple to pose...
two aren't available anymore but they are just
what I have in mind.
begin the painting by putting color in my
background postcard design.
Head and the shoreline join the sky.
still looking for Mr. and Mrs. Right. The Captain
found them pretty easily...
the outrigger canoe, surfers and cruise ship into
update! Found the perfect couple for the painting
yesterday... Photos coming soon...
are here! Thanks to Gail and Derek Duesler...
think I like the "skipper's" hat on
Derek... and the sunglasses on Gail! Don't they
orchid's flowers and stem are blocked in loosely.
planter head is also done. Now, I'll tackle the
two tropical drinks...
are in place and next I'll paint the lei that is
wrapped around them.
putting in the various colors of the
applying variations of cool and warm grays in the
blocked in the 'boat clock' and...
the rest of the tablecloth, carefully working
around the 'skipper and his wife'.
Gail are now in. Notice how I changed Gail's
dress to a skirt, giving her lei a simpler
background (the white blouse). It also allowed me
to put another color in the painting that
complemented the colors around her and Derek. I
also painted the towel on the deck chair a little
like the Matson liner towels of the 50's.
entire painting is 'blocked in' with it's initial
oil wash. I will study the results and come up
with a plan to 'adjust' the values and the hues
of each object and area. The background is way
too light to convince the viewer that it is in
the shade and not in 'direct' sunlight. In order
for the plant, the boat, and the drink umbrellas
to look like they are in the sunlight, the value
(darkness) of the background needs to be
corrected so that it's lightest areas are darker
than similar 'light areas' in the foreground.
painted the background with it's final heavy coat
of oil paint, making sure that there are no
values in it that are lighter in comparison to
similar colored objects/areas in the foreground.
face and bezel are finished. If you look closely,
you'll see a few 'chunks' of paint on this
application, indicating the 'heavier' paint
layer. The difference between this final layer of
paint and the initial layer is that this oil
pigment is the same thickness as it comes out of
the tube, where the first layer was thinned out
entire 'boat clock' is painted. Now on to the
are ready to be served...
is done. Sorry about the reflections on the
paint. It's still wet...
little light reflections on the wet paint, but
nonetheless, the porcelain head vase is
of the orchid leaves and stem and...
Gail are completed except for their cast shadows.
These will be taken care of when the final
passage of paint goes on the tablecloth.
of the tablecloth design finished. And with that
Waikiki" is finished.