On the Northwest side of the Hawaiian island of Kaho`olawe is Ahupu Bay, whose Western point is called Lae O Na Kohola, or Cape of Whales. There, the great leviathans return in yearly consort to make connections with one another. To win paternity. To begin Maternity. To give birth and protect the newborn. To establish lineage and once again venture Northward to the yearly feeding grounds, where they will fatten to return again and renew the cycle.
Here, I’ve depicted one of the majestic Kohola, or humpback whales, breaching in the fiery dawn of a typical Hawaiian sunrise. Here is a detail section from the larger painting:
This painting was achieved in one session, or “alla prima,” an artsy Italianate term for “at once.” It requires that the artist have a good idea of where they are going before they first lay brush to canvas. I toned the canvas with a mixture of transparent orange and burnt sienna the night before, which allowed it to dry and act as an underlying accent color. The overnight drying time ensured it would not smear and mix with the strokes of color placed on top. Most of the colors in the upper layer are transparent oil paints, as opposed to opaque tints, which allows for a certain depth and serendipitous atmosphere that can’t be achieved with the opaque pigments.
This painting is 24 x 24 inches and is framed in a complimentary black frame with matte and glossy accents.