The Sunday figure drawing workshop group was again invited to submit works of art relating to the ocean for the second year in a row. The show is called Ka ‘ike o ka Moana: The Knowledge of the Ocean and it is held at Honolulu Hale. This is to celebrate National Oceans Month and it will also include exhibits by NOAA and the Waikiki Aquarium. It will run from June 10 – 27. The opening reception is on Thursday, June 13.
There’s an interesting mix of styles and subject matter. There are your typical seascape genre paintings with the ocean and the waves and the beach. There are some abstract works and computer generated digital images. There’s just an assortment of works, which can be expected from many people of different backgrounds.
There were two paintings that I thought gave compelling imagery. One was a painting of two tattooed arms, clasping each other and an octopus/squid arm wrapped around both arms, with bones floating above them. The other, by another artist, is a deep sea diving helmet with huge octopus/squid arms bursting out from the front face of the helmet.
I submitted a painting of shell jar on a table with the ocean in the background and the sun just setting in the horizon. While working on this painting, I tried to picture myself sitting on a lanai, watching the sunset with the waves rolling, as the night settles in and the darkness engulfs me. And sitting in the darkness I can still hear the waves rolling in. Have you ever listened to the sound of waves at night? Such beautiful, calming sound. Yet there is unease.