Beach Tree Twinkle Lights

Date: 5/05/2012

Location: Beach Tree Restaurant, Hualalai Resort

Size: 24" x 18"

Medium: Oil on stretched canvas

Artist's Comments: This painting accompanies another scene to capture two of a collector's favorite places; The Beach House and The Beach Tree restaurants at Hualalai Resort.  The accompanying painting is a daylight scene so I thought a nice compliment would be an evening scene.  I chose this composition so that the beautiful beach heliotrope was center stage surrounded by the shoreline, beach chairs and our dear Kona Village Resort in the distance.  To prevent the tree from feeling too heavy, I scrubbed a dark orange undertone and laid green foliage highlights on top with my pallet knife.  The waves took on a heavier yet cooler tone as they lap up along the warm sun-kissed beach.  The sky is full of color and life as the last moments of another day in paradise come to a close.  Tiki torches are lit - twinkling from the distant restaurant; a small bonfire is aglow waiting for a family to sit and enjoy beach-side 'smores. Throughout the process, I had to make a concerted effort to keep the tone of the painting on the darker side knowing that it would allow the feeling of warmth/glow from the lights and setting sun.

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