I’m back in San Francisco after a nine day escape to Hawaii. My trip was divided into four days on the Big Island in Pahoa Town with family and five days at home with my dad in Ewa Beach on Oahu. I spent the time visiting with friends and family, exploring the islands and painting. You can take a peek at some of the work I created, here.
Sadly, I’m recovering from a fractured foot so most of the exploring involved brief walking and some light swimming. I know, huge bummer! I’m normally an avid swimmer and surfer so I definitely had to get more creative with my time on this trip.
My favorite aspect about traveling is always the unplanned trips and the in between exchanges with people. I find that I’m more sensitive to color, sound and texture when I’m in a new environment. That being said, I’ve made it a requirement that I paint on these trips. While I usually feel distracted and wanting to divide up the time differently, I’ve found that it’s always worth it even if I only spend an hour a day painting.
The result is similar to a journal entry. I’m recalling everything I’ve experienced and at the end of the trip, I have something better than a souvenir to bring back with me.
To view more some of the work I made, check out the drawing section of my site.
SUPPLIES: I traveled with two moleskin sketchbooks and two Strathmore Drawing Pads. I brought a pouch of pencils, markers and pastels with me from San Francisco and I picked up the rest of the supplies at Hawaiian Graphics Art Supplies in Honolulu. I purchased several small tubes of Golden Acrylic paint and one can of spray fixitif for the pastels. The spray fixitif was the only thing I had to leave behind flying back. Everything else was TSA approved in terms of size.
LOCATIONS: Kailua on Oahu: Two things! Start your day with a hike on the Pillbox trail and later in the day rent a kayak. Take it out to the small island just off the coast. Pack a lunch and lots of sun screen!
Haleiwa Town on Oahu: The Dole Pineapple farm is located out here. It's my favorite part of Oahu because it gives you such an escape from the city. Expect rolling hills and endless views of the ocean.
Kapaho Tide Pools on The Big Island: Great place for surfing, swimming or snorkeling.
Onekahakaha Beach Park on The Big Island : If you're looking to slow things down, go for a swim at this beach.
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Images and art by Heather Day