prairie and tree at dusk 6″ x 6″

old oak

Based on a photo of a single tree (not sure what kind) in the middle of the prairie (see photo below).  The sky is from my imagination.    The same palette as yesterday was used.  We had a glorious afternoon hiking in this preserve last weekend : )

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“Fin”ale – Aloha!

Things are moving at a turtle’s pace in the studio this past week.  I am wiping off paint after spending many hours putting it on, and that is not a good thing…So I thought I would share this last bunch of photos from Oahu (I promise it’s the last).

Hope you enjoy them.  Click on them to see very large.

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The aquarium just south of Waikiki is one of the best I’ve ever seen.  The fish are amazing and the tanks are beautifully designed.

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Hanauma Bay is THE place to go snorkeling.  I now wish I had looked into getting a prescription lens for snorkeling (I am very near sighted) so I didn’t go in.

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My husband had a great time and was able to get inches away from the fish. The great thing about this place is that they severely limit the number of people here.  The parking lot fills up early and then they turn people away.

IMG_3791Waikiki Beach from the top of Diamondhead.

IMG_3786Every evening the sunset was spectacular and people would just hang out on Waikiki Beach for the show.  The pink hotel is one of the oldest — the Royal Hawaiian.

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silver serenity

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view from Diamondhead
we hiked up the trail to the top of  Diamondhead –the view was so worth it
Hanauma Bay snorkelers
Hanauma Bay snorkelers
green sea turtle
green sea turtle coming ashore at Hanauma Bay

This beautiful creature inspired my most recent painting.  We got to see him up close

before an area was roped off to keep people away.

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silver light off Waikiki Beach
silver light off Waikiki Beach

Early evening along the lake

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view from Northwestern University looking south.  Chicago skyline in distance.

another view looking south toward Chicago from NU.

looking East over Lake Michigan from NU campus.  Ah! peace and quiet!  An absolutely perfect evening.

I may take up some plein air painting this summer!  I can’t get enough of this view in summer.