THE IRONWOOD GROVE, KAILUA
21.5" x 27"
Oil on Belgian Linen with custom frame | SOLD | Larger Image
Like the many Kailua paintings before it, I had to wait and think a long time, actually years, before I felt ready for this particular vantage point. The outriggers, though central in the composition, are here regarded as shapes, almost the living room furniture of this beautiful, shaded retreat, and the picture is built around them. The only spot of pure white is seen there, and all other tones are adjusted from it.
Contrasts are the key. Aging Ironwood trees shaped by a lifelong fight against powerful tradewinds, brilliant greens contrasting with the sophisticated lavender-grays of tree trunks and shadows, strong sunlight penetrating the cool darkness, and all of this seasoned with a splendid chaos, the sight and sound of people arriving to enjoy the day.
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Morning: First Touch of Sunlight | Fine Summer's End | Road to the Sea | Eventide | Ridgerunner | Communion | Buzz's
Moloka'i-On-Line | Edge of Evening