Posted on Mar 17, 2014 in Maui | 0 comments

I was in Maui from March 5 – 17, visiting my parents who have rented a condo here for all of March. My sister joined us from March 6 – 13 as well. We left our husbands back in Canada; they couldn’t get the time off. And there’s only room for two on that sofabed anyway. We had a great time as a family, knowing that there may not be many chances to get together like this again.

Since it’s warm year round in Hawaii, it’s almost always perfect sketching weather (sitting in the shade helps, though). That together with lots of relaxation time meant that I had no excuses not to draw. Below are some of my drawings from this trip. You’d think I’d be tired of drawing palm trees, beaches and the ocean, but I am not.

Wailea, Maui

My sister and I went for a long walk from Kamaole III Beach to Wailea, where we stopped to draw. She worked on a stained glass design for her house, while I drew her doing that. She had found an interesting position in a gnarly tree. I am surprised that the groundskeepers at the fancy hotel right there didn’t come to shoo us away. But maybe I just always expect troubles with security these days, even though it’s not their job to protect the world from sketchers.

My sister, reading on Maui

It was raining, but my sister and I walked down to the beach and found a bench under a large tree. She wrapped herself in her beach towel and read, and I drew, while the warm tropical rain drizzled on us intermittently through the foliage. Things could be worse.

Kapalua Bay, Maui

Kapalua Bay. We spent a pleasant afternoon here, the weather was changing constantly. We had wind, rain, and lots of sun. And a good snorkle where my sister and I saw a giant sea turtle. That is always a highlight. What you don’t see in postcard photos of this bay is that there are condos right beside it. There is a walking path and a large lawn separating the beach from the development, but the scenery is not as natural as the advertisements make it look. Still, it’s beautiful.

Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm, Maui, Hawaii

We spent a bit of a rushed hour at the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm but managed to squeeze in drinking a lavender coffee, buying a bunch of products containing lavender, walking around the vast gardens with exotic plants, and I even did these two very quick sketches! Good thing I’ve been here before, otherwise I would have wanted more time.

Woman on Kamaole III Beach, Maui, Hawaii

I found a great unidentified model at Kamaole III, our “home” beach. Beaches are excellent for free (but unobtrusive) life drawing.

Pool at Kamaole Sands, Maui, Hawaii

Almost every morning at 8 a.m. when the pool at Kamaole Sands opens, we go for a swim, or else I go to yoga at the beach.

Kamaole Sands, Maui, Hawaii

The view towards the ocean from the condo rental complex, Kamaole Sands in Kihei, where we were staying.

Tree at Makena Landing, Maui

Snorkelling, drawing, reading, walking at Makena Landing: a beautiful, quiet, grassy spot with an easy and sandy entry to the bay, but no beach to speak of.

View from Makena Landing, Maui

The view across the bay at Makena Landing.

Maui beach abstract

Another one of my “maze” drawings, as I call them. I tried to sort of draw the beach I was sitting on, looking at a very nice rock.

Hibiscus abstract

And a hibiscus as a maze drawing. Goodbye, Maui!

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