South Hill, WA
Kauai Eel Fisherwomen
Painting - Painting- Watercolor On Paper
One morning I was at Anini Beach on Kauai and saw some women dressed in colorful clothing walking along the reef, with long poles and nets attached to their waists. At first I didn't know, not did I care what they were doing or who they were...the scene was incredible--just waiting to be painted--and I wanted to get some photos of it before they went away. After about 20 images, I settled down and asked questions of the people on the beach what was going on...these were philippino women, eel fishing. They were covered from head to toe to protect themselves from the sun. The result was this painting...painted in my contemporary realism style--with my tidal symbol for water, flat, abstract shapes for the people, bright colors, and circles as color spots, added energy, and a touch of whimsy. This painting won an award at a Waterworks Show at a NWWS exhibition, and was selected as the catalog cover for the show.
January 30th, 2014
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