"Lahaina Harbor" is the "Lahaina Arts Society Award" winner for the 25th Annual Lahaina Poster Contest. This is a 16x20 oil painting and is the first painting in my Harbor series.
The Lahaina Harbor is a beautiful subject to paint. There are so many textures and colors to capture. Such as the cloudy sky, reflections in the water, the beautiful west Maui mountains, palm and coconut trees, the boats and the old Court House (the building on the left). The small structures along the wharf are fishing booths and tour guide booths.
I often walk down to the harbor to take pictures of the boats and the activity going on around it. Sometimes I'm lucky to see the "catch of the day" as fishermen return from their day's work. Other times there are lines of people waiting to go out on whale watching tours. There is definietly no shortage of activity around the harbor. Just to the right of this scene is a nice little beach where people go to learn how to surf.
For this painting I decided to use a Cadmium light red underpainting. The underpainting gives the clouds their peachy pink glow and is visible through out the entire painting. Giving it a uniform color balance. For the water I used very thin transparent paint. All in all this was a fun challenge for me. I really enjoyed the process.
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