Twain called Hawaii “The loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean.
“No alien land in all the world has any deep strong charm for me but that one (Maui), no other land could so longingly and so beseechingly haunt me, sleeping and waking, through half a lifetime, as that one has done. Other things leave me, but it abides; other things change, but it remains the same. For me the balmy airs are always blowing, its summer seas flashing in the sun; the pulsing of its surf beat is in my ear; I can see its garlanded crags, its leaping cascades, its plumy palms drowsing by the shore, its remote summits floating like islands above the cloud wrack; I can feel the spirit of its wildland solitudes, I can hear the splash of its brooks; in my nostrils still lives the breath of flowers that perished twenty years ago.”
Although Twain speaks of Maui, I will always remember Kauai, "the Garden Isle" which I visited for a 3-week vacation right out of college.So taken by the beauty that rose up around me every day I returned to San Francisco only long enough to put my things in storage then returned to spend a year on Kauai painting, earning money by cleaning for a local church and being stunned by the waterfalls that were as common there as clouds in the sky.
LISTEN to the song that inspired my painting, 'Somewhere over the rainbow'' by Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole.
NOTE; paintings are signed in the lower right corner as well as on the back
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oil paint, min wax wood stain, soap, Rustoleum oil based enamel