|"Happy Hour" - 6x6 - Oil on Birch Panel|
"Happy Hour" - 15x15 cm - Oleo
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Traveling is one my hot buttons, I love it, I love all about it. Discovering new places and cultures is pretty special. I'm finding that traveling with my paints and recording what I see adds a different dimension to it all. It helps me remember the place in a different way. For instance, this is the sunset I remember the most from our recent trip to Maui, Hawaii, probably because not only it was our first evening there but also because of the fact that I really looked at how it developed while I painted it.... The thing with sunsets is that they change VERY quickly as the sun is going down so you need to pick a few things that call your attention first and then you need to stick to those! Otherwise it's very easy to get confused with the lights and darks and the whole scene overall. The reflections for instance changed from orange to purple to blue back to orange all in a matter of minutes! We must take certain decisions and stay on that path..... (This goes for so much of plein air painting....)
This painting is called "Happy Hour" because it was painted at that time..... we started the tradition of watching the sunset on our "lanai" (deck) with a Mai Tai in hand.... Yum! (Hawaian typical drink, you can check out the recipe in the link if you want to try it, without grenadine though).
Este cuadro se llama "Happy Hour" porque lo pinté a esa hora..... empezamos una tradición nueva mientras miramos el atardecer en nuestro la "lanai" (balcón) con un Mai Tai en la mano… hmmm.... que rico, (bebida típica de Hawaii... acá tienen la receta si lo quieren probar, pero sin granadina).