Paintings from Paradise

Alooooooha! Two and a half weeks ago, I returned from my first visit to the Hawaiian Islands–Kaua’i and Hawai’i (the Big Island), plus a day on Oahu. The different environments, animals, and a number of the local art galleries, inspired some fun, artistic exploration once I got back to the mainland. That’s what I’m sharing today. 

  1. Some pen doodles inspired by some of the simple graphic designs on National Park pins. My traveling party saw green sea turtles (honu in Hawaiian) on two occasions: once at Punalu’u, a black sand beach, & again at Kaloko-Honokohau, a National Historic Park.


2. Ginger plant (acrylic, 8 x 10″). The ginger blooms in several different colors — red, white, yellow, & pink. The pinks & reds were quite striking against the green foliage of the rainforests.  

3. Painting of a honu resting (oil, 9″ x 6.5″). This was painted more like a watercolor would be (in terms of layers & values). First I painted the yellow across the whole hardboard (such that it started off looking like a background color), and then the blues on top of that, preserving the lights. Many of the greens were actually mixed right on the surface when the blue & yellow paint met. 

Mahalo nui loa for reading. 

3 thoughts on “Paintings from Paradise

  1. Evelyn Bicknese says:

    Beautiful and inspiring. I was on the Big Island from Sept 20th to the 27th. My only time that I have visited it.
    I was amazed at how large the volcano was. I just learned last evening that all the flowers that look like orchids on the grounds around the volcano were brought in by the Chinese many years ago and are called “Bamboo Orchids.”
    I am so happy for you.

    • Genevieve says:

      Thank you, Evelyn. It looks like we overlapped a little and didn’t even know it. “Amazing” is a good way to describe the size of the volcanoes.

  2. Dad says:

    Hi Genevieve,

    Glad you had the trip to Hawai’i.

    Very nice artistic memories of your trip.

    Sea turtles, volcanoes, and black sand beaches…Some day I hope to travel there to experience them and many other sites, sounds, and tastes.



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