During my two week Maui Paintcation, I decided to plein air at Ahihi-Kinau, a Natural Area Reserve just past Makena.
We got there early, and surprisingly, found it totally deserted…except for one little resident. A chicken. She was just hanging out on a large piece of driftwood, but as we made our way to my painting spot, she hopped down and followed us over.
At first, I thought she might be a nuisance, as she was checking out all of my gear, searching for a food handout, I supposed. But as I got set up, and started painting, she just sat there, a few feet away, perched on one leg, watching my every move.
About a half hour later, a volunteer for “Friends Of Ahihi-Kinau” came by and introduced herself to us. I joked to her that this chicken is my biggest fan. She said “Oh, that’s Lil’ Girl. Someone abandoned her here as a baby and she’s been here ever since”.
I felt kinda bad that Lil’ Girl didn’t have any other chicken pals to hang around with. My entire time painting, she loyally watched from just a few feet away. She never bugged me or caused any trouble, and my painting went along smooth and easy, practically painted itself.
Brighton had no problems with Lil' Girl as long as she knew that he was Top Dawg!
Ahihi-Kinau turned out to be a perfect place to plein air. We had nice cool shade from the trees, didn’t encounter any bugs at all (maybe in part to Lil’ Girl keeping the place spic-n-span) and the sea and sky were gorgeous!
A man, a dog, and a chicken..... what more could a girl ask for!?!
By the time I finished, I had a soft spot for Lil' Girl and almost wanted to bring her back home with us!
I sure hope she is there to keep me company again next time. I will definitely add her into the scene!
Just returned from another great Maui Paintcation. Here are some of the paintings I did while there.
Maluaka was the first stop. Unfortunately, the day was a bit grey and voggy, but the scenery was still beautiful. I have plein aired here before, so it was an easier transition getting back into PA-ing on Maui !
SOLD Maluaka Beach 11x14 Palette Knife Painting
We stopped at Baldwin Beach one morning, but I just couldn’t find a composition I liked. We saw another area down a ways, through a residential neighborhood. This place is known as Baby Beach (Paia), and believe me, it was packed with little keiki! If you look the other way, towards Kahului, this is the colorful view you will see.
Spreckelsville 11x14 Palette Knife Painting
The best way to end a great painting day!
I have never plein aired a sunset scene before, so I decided to give it a try on this trip. We headed down to Ulua Beach, in Wailea, and I got to work. Unfortunately, again, the day was grey and voggy, which usually makes for some awesome sunsets, but this evening, the clouds were plentiful and pretty much blocked the sun the entire way down. It did still cast a bit of the nice orangie glow though, and I had to paint fast to be able to capture the feeling before it was gone!
SOLD Ulua Beach Sunset 11x14 Palette Knife Painting
The next morning, I met up with a few friends and we decided to paint Polo Beach. This day was particularly grey. The sky was grey, the water was grey, not to mention that it was HOT and MUGGY. It was a bit difficult to be inspired, but Polo Beach is a place I love to plein air, and once I got into it, the grey seemed to fade away.
SOLD Polo Beach 11x14 Palette Knife Painting
Pohaku is one of my favorite Maui scenes. Every time I have been here, the colors are always so vibrant. I had never plein aired here before, but on previous trips, we took many photos, and I used them to paint several Pohaku scenes once I got back home. I always enjoy painting them, so this time, I made it a point to plein air here. Pohaku is a small beach park in Kahana. It is also known as “S-Turns”. I had a perfect day here. The large trees shaded me and kept me nice and cool, the water was it’s usual gorgeous turquoise, and to top it all off, the honu were so plentiful here, they kept Dean and Brighton entertained as I painted.
SOLD Kahana 14x11 Palette Knife Painting
Bry -n- me and a coconut tree.
Check back for more of my Maui Paintcation..... coming soon!