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Don't like it? Scrape it!

Updated: Jan 26, 2020

Some days the vision and the paints just don't come together. It's a great scene in my mind, in my eye, but I can't translate it to canvas. Artist-block!

I had been anxiously awaiting the jacaranda season where the roads upcountry on Haleakala are lined with purple blossoms. The vision was to capture a plein air moment in spring with the elusive purple color the key feature. I pulled up along side a few other painters from the Plein Air Painters of Maui along the mountain road and took a spot that looked into a ravine with picturesque rolling hills and Jacaranda. One painter was perched on her truck bed with easel set up high to look into the scene. A bright Jacaranda was next to her. (The street sign should have also had a picture of a painter on it- we were taking up some space!) My vantage point gave me this view below.

The sun was NOT cooperating, the colors were not popping and the drizzle was set to start any minute.