Thursday, August 4, 2011

Crayons, India Ink, and a little Snorkeling Fun...

I love to snorkel among the little fishies - especially when the water is warm and I'm surrounded by sun, sand, and palm trees! One of my favorite places to go, even if it is quite touristy, is a little beach on the dry side of the Big Island of Hawaii called Kahalu'u Beach Park. The best part for me is that I don't have to deal with a bunch of surf (unlike my surf lovin' husband - not might forte) and can easily just float around and see a lot of fish and even a few green sea turtles! (Especially if you go early in the day.) The only concerns from my latest trip - a recent tiger shark sighting and nesting Triggerfish (apparently they bite when in this mode). At least a helicopter fly-by confirmed the shark had moved on... but I swear those Triggerfish (aka Humuhumunukunukuāpuaa) were after me!

As long as I was visiting these lovely Hawaiian waters AND I had an outstanding request for a fish painting series, I decided to practice my hand at drawing the little reef dwellers while I was there. With my sketchbook in hand, a guide book for reference, a handy box of 64 Crayola Crayons, my favorite India Ink pen, and No 2 pencil, I went to work! Here's a few of the results. I hope you enjoy - I know I did! (And look for the "16 Fish" series coming very soon)

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