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Feb 4, 2013

Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational coming up...

For all you folks in the Islands who are looking forward to the 2013 February Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational here is a sneak peak at a small work I will be hanging in the midweek auction...

"Keaomelemele" (The Golden Cloud)
8 x 8 inches, on gallery-wrapped canvas
(click on image to enlarge...)

According to legend, Ke-ao-mele-mele was said to be the third born child of the Gods brought to the Paradise of the Pacific, Hawai'i. After returning to help her family, she was taught the hula by the God Kapo and became a kumu, a grand teacher of the dance herself.
I look forward to my arrival, breaking out the paints, and meeting all of you!



5 reader comments:

Sergio Lopez said...

Sweet painting! Very different from what I'm used to seeing from you

Thomas Jefferson Kitts said...

Thanks Sergio. I don't get to paint the figure as often as I'd like so many folks don't realize I can do it. (Not that knocking out a profile is terribly taxing...)

I enjoy your figurative work too. For those who haven't seen it:


Looks like we both use Floofy as a model. I need to give her a call.

Brenda Boylan said...

She's beautiful Thomas. I especially like your handling of the light coming through the grasses on her head. Happy Hula.

Thomas Jefferson Kitts said...

Thanks Brenda. I thought the story itself was beautiful. I only offer an abbreviated version here.

Keaomelemele was a strong leader in other Hawaiian creation myths as well. Google her name if you want to learn more...

Diana Moses Botkin said...

Wonderful, wonderful!