Monday, November 30, 2015

LUAU, AMERICAN SAMOA, watercolor on Arches

LUAU, AMERICAN SAMOA, watercolor on Arches paper, 7.5x10".
Painted during my recent cruise from Los Angeles to the South Pacific islands of both Samoas, and the French Polynesia. The luau in Samoa is cooked ON the ground, while in Hawaii they cook the pig UNDER the ground, other than that, I think it is pretty similar. Delicious!!!

WORLD'S LARGEST BANYAN TREE, watercolor on Arches paper

WORLD'S LARGEST BANYAN TREE, 7.5x11 watercolor on Arches paper. Maui, Hawaii, October 2015. The day we visited this tree, near the port, they had an art festival. Here I represented just a few of the many branches and trunks and branches and trunks growing up and coming back down occupying an area bigger than a tennis court, all under the tree!!!!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

BLACK PEARL FARM TOUR GUIDE, watercolor on Arches

BLACK  PEARL FARM TOUR GUIDE, 10x7.5" watercolor on Arches paper.

Painted aboard the Crown Princess cruise-ship during my trip to the South Pacific last month. Beautiful country, beautiful and kind people. The way they grow the black pearls is amazing. They insert a tiny pebble, almost a grain of sand in the oyster, and wait 7 years to have a cultivated black pearl! The same oyster can have this procedure done three times in its life, before it dies.

Friday, November 27, 2015

PACIFIC SUNRISE, watercolor on Arches paper

PACIFIC SUNRISE, 7.5x10" watercolor on Arches paper, painted aboard Crown Princess, cruising the Pacific toward Hawaii, Samoa and Tahiti, three weeks ago.

On our way from Los Angeles to Hawaii, we were sailing west, then south to Samoa, then east from Samoa to Tahiti, and finally north-east from Tahiti back to Los Angeles. It was confusing at first, due to my ignorance of the exact location of the South Pacific islands. So we bought an inflatable globe, to be able to follow our own ocean path with the globe in our hands. The first few weeks I got up very early to enjoy the Pacific sunrise from the ship. Then I got lazy and just enjoyed the sunset, ha ha!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

MOOREA, TAHITIAN HOUSE, watercolor on Arches paper

MOOREA, TAHITIAN HOUSE, 7.5x10" , watercolor on Arches paper.

Open houses, with decks and straw rooftops are common in Samoa and Tahiti. Just floor, wooden columns and the straw roof, no walls, are called "Fale", in the original language of the islands. They are perfect for a warm weather year-round, with occasional daily warm showers. That's why they hang the clothes under the roof-top. No insects or poisonous snakes, warm air and warm water, fruits and flowers all around you, what else do you want????? Paradise!!!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Basket Weaver in Papeete, Tahiti, watercolor on Arches

BASKET WEAVER IN PAPEETE, TAHITI, 7.5x10" watercolor on Arches paper.

The skill and speed of this woman, weaving hats, baskets, flower crowns, was impressive to watch. Papeete is a big town, capital of Tahiti in French Polynesia. People here speak Tahitian and French. They use the French Francs as currency. It is interesting that they are not used in France any more, only here. So the French government makes the Francs especially for them. They are French, but the pictures on the bills are of Tahitian people. Very cool!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Nick Kolesnikow, painter, ink and watercolor sketch

NICK KOLESNIKOW, PAINTER, ink and watercolor sketch , 7x7 ".

My friend Nick and I painted often aboard Crown Princess cruiseship, in our recent trip to Hawaii, Samoa, and the Tahiti islands in the South Pacific. I kept a sketchbook of activities, views, lectures, visits, and books read during the voyage;  nothing escapes my pen and watercolor brushes! If you stand still for a few minutes, I get you!!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

SAMOA BEACH SKETCH, ink and watercolor

SAMOA BEACH SKETCH, 4x10, ink and watercolor on a sketchbook page.
During my recent trip to Hawaii, Samoa, and the South Pacific islands of Tahiti, I sketched daily, sometimes a quick ink sketch with a bit of watercolor like this one, sometimes I did a more detailed watercolor. I will be publishing some of them on the blog in the next few days. Western Samoa and American Samoa are fascinating. The beach is white coral sand.