Wednesday, October 25, 2006
October 25 - Magma and the Sea
Last night's voyage around to where Kilauea volcano has been pouring hot magma into the sea was spectacular to see, but impossible to photograph. Our ship came right by the glowing excitement, with steam and erratic currents, but we couldn't photograph it, not with our digital camera anyway. So I looked and looked, and then looked some more, and painted this 9 x 12 canvas this afternoon from the visual memory of the heat, color and steam. It is an acrylic, for sale for $200 from my Daily Paintings for October web page.
I've found the perfect light for painting in the card room upstairs and further toward the stern of the ship (aft) from our cabin. Card players ignore me, which is a good thing.
We're on the island of Maui today and tomorrow. Today we took a drive up to Haleakala National Park, and looked into the crater at 10,000 feet elevation. Over 37 switchbacks to climb from sea level to this height was a dizzying drive! And the air so thin and pure--it was almost impossible to look at anyone wearing white clothes--the light was that intense! I took a few pictures, and may paint something from there as well. However, tomorrow I get back on a horse again on the flanks of Haleakala to ride the rangeland there.