Hawaiian morning shore sunrise is about using broken colors. The painting was done after a photo with Hawaii surf. Impressionists used innovative techniques to create interesting effects and shapes. Among other techniques, broken colour refers to the effect of blending colours optically rather than on the palette. Broken colour eliminates perfect coverage and smoothly-blended transitions. The impressionist painters used layers of colours, and broke up the top layers to reveal the colours underneath The result of this technique is a lacey coat of paint with gaps in it. The technique is achieved through hatching, cross-hatching, and by making patterned marks that vary in density.