My husband Bill and I recently got away for several days to my hometown of Kailua, Hawai’i. Until we arrived I didn’t realize just how much I needed the break. The unrelenting cold and gray of the Northwest takes it’s toll on me and coming from a sunny, warm climate most of my life it’s been quite an adjustment. We’ve been here 12 years now and I’m starting to wonder where we will retire. I love Portland, but IT WON’T BE HERE. I’d love it to be in Hawaii but that’s not practical just yet.
In the meantime, I use the islands to rejuvenate my body and spirit, and to feed my creative soul. Much of what I soak up here finds it’s way into my paintings, through color, texture or subject matter. We were very lucky with the weather and were able to get in lots of beach time and visit with family and friends. One of the most exciting things I get to do on these vacations is — nothing. I actually had time to sit and enjoy watching waves, clouds, shadows, foliage and yes, even a little rain — warm rain — and it reminded me that I can do these things at home too. And now I will.
A visit to the local nursery today reminded me that spring is right around the corner and soon I’ll be enjoying the feel of sun on my skin here too. Until then I’ll capture the feeling in my paintings as best I can, while taking time to enjoy a little quiet time for myself, even at home.