The outriggers headed out to sea early. It was exciting to witness the culmination of years of training, cooperation and effort behind the scenes to bring the race together. More than a thousand canoe paddlers along with their friends and family stood silently on the beach before the boats left, head's lowered in prayer for a safe passage. The race crosses 41 miles of open ocean from Molokai to Oahu. I painted the scene in a style I find difficult hoping to express the energy of the moment. The rolling waves and all those bodies in motion called for something beyond hard lines. I may revisit this one after the 90 day project is over and try again, it's not quite where I want it and don't know how to make it work, yet, there is always hope.
Molokai Hoe , Hale o Lono Harbor, 2011