Painting on Location

Jacaranda Tree

Kula, Maui, Hawaii

15x22, acrylic on panel
May 20, 2002, I'm 62, happy birthday.

See some jacaranda tree photos, new window.

This is two hours from the start.

Using a 3/4" sable filbert. I wet the whole support and washed in the sky.
While the sky was drying I captured the grass, I went with the big areas blocking in the foliage, big branches background trees and the road. I see the tree as having a foreground, middle ground including the trunk and branches and inside background.
To get ready for tomorrow I cleaned up the posts with two coats of white.

Day 2, What a great day. A dreams come true kind of day. This morning I set up my solar power to run my computer with an inverter.  Hee hee, happy camper. By 12:00 I was on location setting up. On and off all day I had to laugh, the sun was shining, the wind was blowing and it was raining. My umbrella was set so low I had a two foot space to see my view.

day 2, 3,000 ft.

I'm up in the clouds tonight, 4,600 feet, Chillier ... It's great, country radio on the van's radio, the computer on the extra battery. Alone at the top of the world. I'm a hermit at heart. Speaking about hearts, I'm staying beside an image in our mountain, 
The Busman's Heart, w/c. I made a computer coloring book page from this painting.

The Jacaranda painting coming along well, not quite 100% coverage yet, but no hurry. Every day more blue flowers bloom!

This little 5x8 ink cross hatch drawing with a Pigma 01 is all I have to show for the next day.
drawing of favorite camping spot
It was to cold for me so I dropped down to my favorite spot on the mountain at the 4,000 feet elevation. It was so pretty I stayed here for the day. I need the brake after 6 mos. in the hot Lahaina sun.

I removed the painted in hi-way sign by sanding and repainting the area. I had added it in too early.
Compare this to the painting above.

Painting Notes
Sit down and point your nose at the direction of the center of your picture.
Set up your easel and be sure your support is level.
Move your eyes when you look at different areas of the view, not your whole head. It's best to look with one eye only.

Follow one concentric ring across the (support, panel, canvas). This and visually marking the left and right sides of the image should give you your final painting image width.

If your painting for more then one day on location, mark everything about your easels position. 
When going after accuracy not speed everything must stay in the same relative position.

Day 3
I changed the pitch of the green middle ground slope and fixed all the fence posts.

I've given up on trying to catch the sun so I'm spreading the cool around with a glaze of Cyan..

I considered it 100% covered by 3:00. 
I still haven't got the shape of the main tree yet but I will right after this break.

I would say there are 30% more flowers today. Soon the petals will blow on the hi-way, I'll have to be here at 6:00 in the morning to catch that. The day after tomorrow I hope.

4:48 finished for the day, ten to five, I thought I was out of that rut.. It was a perfect day, and it just happened to be my 61st birthday!

Day three.

After such a great day I left for the higher levels, the 7,000 foot level of Hosmer's Grove. Now were in the cold. I think I'll stay here a day and give the flowers another bloomin' chance.  See the inside of the creator and another small painting.

Day 4,
6:30, on the paintings location. There are petals on the road and more flowers on the tree. It's perfect. Shortly it will warm up.  A young kid on a road luge just whizzed by, it looked like he had a school backpack on.
No breaks and going 35-40 mph, kids..
I've taken out the left post, my perception was wrong, when I got back to basics and looked at  the whole painting and viewed it with one eye and applied paint with one eye, I saw I had missed on the foreshortening.
Here it is with the white outs and the enlarging of the tree, pulling it more into foreground.

It's 10:57 and the sun has gone for the day. Perfect timing, I got all my correction work done in the paintings with the 4:00 colors by using the same colors that were already down. Now the colors are here and I can go forward.
1:17, Got to take a break, the suns back out again. It really is a beautiful day. 
I won't get cloud cover for another couple hours.
It's 4:00, I think I'm done for the day. I never got the cloudy day. It was good for the flowers though, tomorrow should be the one where I can glaze in all my colors, I have all the shapes right.

The Geneva International Middle School bought my CD of the color course and likes it.
I'm so happy.
I spent the rest of the daylight hours watching polo practice,
this area of Maui is cowboy country.
The night was spent at the 5,000 foot level.

This is whiting out corrections, it will take two coats for a clean start.
Day 5, to catch each pattern of the tree correctly, look at the tree and paint it with one eye. 
Just relax yourself, you can do it.

Using one eye to view the painting and the image, which are stacked over one another is key, the most important drawing factor.

The other :) is to paint with two eyes open after you have mentally found your marks with one eye only :)

It's been a great day, just the right amount of overcast.
My strokes are getting smaller so I think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

There is as much character in a tree as on a face, and much more intricate.

3:00, I'm adding the little branches that make the larger branches look real. A #3 script liner now that I have the patterns in  place. I'm looking for the details that make the character of this type of tree. The petals are usually darker green underneath. that's because they are pods of flowers, each pod sticking out from the green leaves. that always casts a shadow in the sun and even in cloudy weather. the green leaves are very small on a shaft like a feather.
I'll try to mimic that in a stroke.

The tree is 30% covered now, way up from when I started. The petals are bluer purple in the shade and redder in the sunlight. The leaves go from a purple-green split complementary to a yellow-green opposition to the purple. It's Great the way nature works that way.

The colors remind me of the first transparent yellow Giotto's painted with. Arsenic, his green would have been an iron green. He couldn't use the copper sediment which would have been better and more transparent because lead turned copper black. If he had Egypt's tin white it would have been easier. We have come a long way since than as far as poison pigments and compatible colors are concerned but today we don't have a transparent yellow acrylic. It's that old  Church-Ostwald Color Chart where manufactures match their colors to. We really do need an overhaul on how we use color pigments.

Here is the day 5 image.

Finished. Jacaranda Tree at the 2,000 Ft. Level

NEXT PAINTING, on day two I took trip to the top,
I painted Science City, #862, 5-22-02, creator.htm

PREVIOUS PAINTING, Acrylic, Jo's House on Oahu

Start of Jacaranda paintings 2002 to 5-5-14
5-20-2 Early Spring Jacaranda Acrylic
6-5-2 Highest Jacaranda 4,000 Ft. Oil
6-15-2 Jacaranda and Driveway 3,500 Ft. Oil
6-20-2 Knife and Brush paintings
3-21-3 Silver Oak and Jacarandas 2,000 Ft. Acrylic
#897 4-24-3 one Acrylic three Knife Oils
4-29-3 to 5-7-3 Oil
4-11-3 Acrylic 30x22
5-21-3 3,000 Ft. Acrylic
5-22-3 knife painting w/ Tom Booth
5-27-03 Keokea Church, acrylic
4-26-5 mastic and wax
May 2005, 2 Oil, 1 Mastic and Wax, 2 watercolors
June, 2005, Kula, Copal Medium, Oil Medium, Water Color Medium
4-26-6 Mike's House Acrylic
Past Kula 4-29-7 to 5-9-7 Oil
5-10-7 to 5-20-7 Holy Ghost Church Acrylic
5-10-7 to 5-20-7 Kula Post Office Jacaranda Acrylic
Jacaranda Seabury Hall 2008, Maui, HI
Jacaranda at Makawao Library, Maui, HI, 2008
2009 Jacaranda Lower Kula
Jacaranda at Makawao Post Office 2010
Jacaranda and Bougainvillea, Lower Kula Hwy, 2010
5-10-11 Jacaranda, Lower Kula Hwy, Watercolor.
5-20-11, Jacaranda, Upper Kula Hwy, acrylic
6-19-11, Jacaranda, Kahakaloa Head Bkg, Chem-trail. Upper Kula Hwy. Acrylic, #979
6-27-11, Jacaranda, Makawao Liquor Shack, Acrylic, #980
3-2-12, Jacaranda Lower Kula Rd., Acrylic, 15x11, #984
3-30-12, Jacaranda Makawao P.O., WC, 22x15 #986
5-30-13, Jacaranda Makawao School Crossing, Acrylic, 20x16.25 #994
Jacaranda 2014, Kula Glen, 5-5-14, Acrylic, 22x15, #996
End of Jacaranda paintings 2002 to 5-5-14