This painting proved to be the most popular of the 14 paintings that I was able to do for the exhibition. It was a breakthru of sorts for me as I decided to try something different and paint thinly over a colored ground. The result was a lot more attention to the initial drawing.
At one stage several people who saw it unfinished said "Leave it as it is- don't touch it." Which of course presents a difficult situation for the artist. Convinced that I could finish it I proceeded to do so, and pleased to say it was the first one that sold opening nite.
When Ben Bergman of BCA Gallery on Rarotonga offered an Artist in Residency April/May 2010 it was impossible to turn down. Since I've been doing other projects it's a chance to get back to doing more painting which I truly love. Ben asked me to 'revisit' some of the legends which meant fun subjects. Since I'll be painting on the island for less than two months with an exhibition near the end of May I thought it best to get to work now. The painting of 'Ina's Moonlit Journey' which will be part of the exhibition is almost finished so thought to put it here for comments. Its a large canvas nearly 4' x 6' and was (mostly) fun to paint. Other versions and the legend are posted below.