The Waikiki Yacht Club in Honolulu was one of the places on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race that made us wait for hours in the darkness after racing across an ocean before we were allowed to park up our 68′ yachts and finally get some rest. This was our North Pacific leg across from China. The boats and crews were all battered by big waves and strong, gusty winds, to the point that 2 boats were dismasted and most had issues with rigging by the time we arrived.
This painting is of the volcanic island Oahu on the horizon in the pre-dawn light, as seen from the deck of my boat. The sea was quite lumpy all around these islands and there are ripples and wavelets in all directions, even at that time when everything else is still and dripping. From a distance, the pattern of lights looked very odd, until we realised how steep the hills are. The light in the sky hasn’t reached the water yet, apart from some raspberry reflections on the water in the distance.
The ‘rainbow’ reference in the title is to rain and rainbows; Hawaii is known as the ‘Rainbow State’ because the steep, high hills so close to the sea are just a rain factory and we often got light showers and lots of rainbows on our stopover there.
Colours are purple, tangerine, white, blue, with pale blue, more white and gold in the sky.
Painted using Sennelier and Michael Harding oils, on a Belle Arti pre-stretched, gesso-primed canvas panel.
Can be framed by request – contact me for a quote. Approx extra cost £80 and an extra week for delivery.