Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational 2018

Patrick Saunders was invited to the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational this year, and we were especially excited about this event, because neither of us had been to Hawaii yet.

We didn't have time to visit the other islands, but we can speak for Maui - it's stunning. We flew in a few days early because, since we will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary in October of 2018, we decided to use this opportunity to start celebrating that milestone a bit early, with a few days to ourselves in Maiu before the event started.

We spent our first full day in Maui driving the Hana Highway. If you get the chance, drive the entire island if you can - it's the best way to really experience Maui. This giant banyan tree is just one of many amazing things to see on the Pipiwai Trail in Haleakalā National Park, just one great stop along the Hana Highway. We hiked the trail to see this tree, an incredible bamboo forest, and the Waimoku Falls, a 400-foot waterfall. More awe inspiring experiences that we will never forget.

Patrick Saunders under a giant banyan tree on the Pipiwai Trail.

Happy early 20th wedding anniversary to us! Waimoku Falls in the background.

Patrick Saunders did his first painting for the invitational at Lahaina Harbor for the event's Kick-Off Paint Out & Art Sale.

Patrick Saunders' "Sunrise Through Kaua'ula" (oil on linen, 14"x18"). SOLD
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Patrick drew quite a crowd while painting at the harbor.

Patrick Saunders painting at Lahaina Harbor for the 2018 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational. 
Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Patrick was able to catch some sunshine for this painting at D.T. Fleming Beach Park before an afternoon storm rolled into Lahaina.

Patrick Saunders' "Awaiting The Sun, Fleming Beach" (oil on linen, 12"x16"). SOLD
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Patrick painted a beach scene the next morning at the Makena State Park Big Beach. It was stormy the day before, but this day was perfect for painting, lounging on the beach, more painting, wading in the ocean, and painting again.

Patrick Saunders' "Where Fire Met Water, Makena Beach" (oil on linen, 16"x20"). Available for sale.
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
Patrick Saunders painting at Makena State Park Beach, Maui, Hawaii. Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

We were greeted by roosters, hens and chicks as we made our way along the Honolua Bay Trail, an extraordinary primordial forest trail that leads you to Honolua Bay, a popular place for snorkeling. Some of the chickens made their way into Patrick's painting of a eucalyptus tree on this trail.

Patrick Saunders' "The Path to Honolua Bay" (oil on linen, 16"x20"). SOLD.
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Midway through the invitational, competition artists were invited to Montage Kapalua Bay Resort to paint a portrait of a Hawaiian model.

Photo by Saunders Fine Arts

Photo by Saunders Fine Arts

Photo by Saunders Fine Arts

Photo by Saunders Fine Arts

I caught this beautiful sunset at the resort during a cocktail hour after the portrait painting session.

Sunset at Montage Kapalua Bay Resort

Our thanks - mahalo - to the Makana Aloha Foundation for giving Patrick Saunders' painting "The Path to Honolua Bay" their annual award at the 2018 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, and for purchasing the painting.

Also, our thanks to everyone who attended the invitational's Art to Heart Gala for voting to award this same painting with the Collector's Choice Award as well.

We are so grateful that we had a chance to explore Maui. For more photos of the Hana Highway, Honolua Bay Trail, and an incredible sunset, check out our Saunders Fine Arts blog post about this fantastic trip. - Kimberly

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