Friday, February 15, 2013

The Big Island

This years' Hawaiian trip was to Hawaiʻi, The Big Island.  The island has very contrasting regions-rainforest, dry lava beds, active volcano craters!  The two biggest towns, Kona and Hilo, are populated by magnificent ancient banyan trees-which are all related apparently.

This giant banyan hangs over the north end of the beach at Kona on the west coast.

Of course huge hotels still dominate the shoreline.  The tourists stand out in their floral shirts.


We stayed further up the coast in Puako where the secluded beaches allow sea turtles to nest and interesting driftwood and tsunami debris form natural sculpture.


 Sea turtles are really tough to draw but endlessly fascinating-every evening I'd go down to the shore-line to sketch them resting after struggling to come ashore and drag themselves up the beach.


Flocks of wild turkeys ranged around the neighborhood. This guy was chasing them off the immaculate lawn of his beach front property one morning!

This beach house was in the shade of these twisted, sea-bleached trees and palms. Doesn't that hammock look inviting?





Aloha!



11 comments:

merf said...

love all these!they're great!

docnad said...

Excellent. Book 'm, Danno!

Hannah Tuohy said...

Great sketches!

Ben Whitehouse said...

Fantastic work, Matt! Ridiculously good line work as always!

Jesse said...

Woww, These are beautiful Matt!

Matt J said...

Mahalo for your kind words folks!

stefan marjoram said...

Wonderful sketches and a fun read. I'm just a little jealous - though we did have a day without rain today in Bristol :) The turtle sketches are beautiful - and the chickens and turkeys are jolly funny.

Matt J said...

Thanks Stef, great to hear from you. I miss sketching in Bristol

k.mediani said...

These sketches truly are amazingly beautiful!! Wonderful designs fo each elements.

Martin Trystram said...

Salut Matt Jones.
J'adore ton travail que je suis depuis quelques années, c'est Carlos Leon qui m'en a parlé.
Et j'aime beaucoup tes croquis d'Hawaii. C'est marrant, en juin je suis allé en Polynésie française et j'y ai aussi fait des croquis. Un lien : http://trystram.blogspot.fr/2007/02/blog-post_9333.html
Au plaisir Matt, peut-être à un de ces jours.
Martin Trystram

Stéphane Kardos said...

Magnifique mon AMI! a bientôt j'espère! pour un autre weekend de dessins a SF! :)