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Surrounded by a Spectral Sea

The title "Kauluwela Moku" is derived from two Hawaiian words. Two of the meanings of Kauluwela are glowing and colorful. Moku means island. In combination they mean glowing colorful island. The series of images is an exploration of color. Kenneth Grzesik
http://www.IkeAloha.com - January 7 2013

 The title "Kauluwela Moku" is derived from two Hawaiian words. Some of the meanings of Kauluwela are glowing and colorful. Moku means island. In combination they mean glowing colorful island. The series of images is an exploration of color. Created from photographs I took on the island of Kauai over a period of several years the art serves as a visual reminder of the many levels warmth and color that I found there. When creating each image I visualize a spectrum of radiant hues. Then using the wonders of digital technology a number of variations are experimented with. When an arrangement of colors seems to work I'll continue trying minor variations until the final choice is made. It's an ongoing effort to create a new and exciting vision. I think of it as a fusion of subconscious memories with creative energy.
Currently there are ninety images in the series with many new ones in process. It is hard to say how many there will be. There are hundreds of photos in the collection that I'm working from. In the future I want to experiment by creating collage type imagery that will juxtapose images, perhaps like the one that is the illustration for this article. Another idea is to use words and images together to make art that works on more than one level. There will be the purely visual level of image and the conceptual level expressed by the verbal content. This idea is still in the conceptual stage. I've played around with a few things which can be seen on another one of my internet galleries. It is www.beach.artistwebsites.com where I have an assortment of artwork in various media. There are paintings, drawings, pastels and digital art. I've been using some collage techniques to create posters and cards. The idea was to create promotional materials. In future work I want to go beyond the purely promotional. The vision is to create idea/images with the idea and the image being equal components. For instance an image that is composed primarily of water could have various water descriptions like; cool, blue, flowing, moving shimmering embedded into the picture in various subtle ways. Another idea that I have is to incorporate geometry into the compositional structure. Circles, squares, diamonds and other geometric shapes could be used much like the patterns in traditional Hawaiian Kapa cloths. These geometric elements would contain reoccuring image elements from photographs. The result would be a mosiac of colorful tropical imagery.
Of course in order to be able to continue my efforts I need support. This can come in a variety of ways. If you like what I'm doing share the art with your friends. Send an email with images and links . Or you can send me an email telling me what you think I'm doing well or not so well. It always feels good to hear from people who are looking at my stuff. I'll even write back. It might take a while but eventually I'll get around to it. If you really like the work and just can't afford it let me know there is probably a way to send you something at a price you can afford. I realize that it's a tough world out there I'm in it too. The purpose of my art is to make it a little softer and more enjoyable. I really want to share something positive with people. There is more than enough violence and hatred to go around. In my opinion what the world needs is more beauty and appreciation of nature. I'm becoming more convinced everyday that we live in a perfect world. It is our perception of it that is imperfect. One of the most powerful things about art is that it can change perceptions either for better or worse. In my artwork I have chosen to attempt to perceive the world in a positve light and share what I find with the sincere hope that in some way things are better because of what I've done. It really is a beautiful world. It always has been.  Hopefully it always will be. The reason that I focus so strongly on Hawaiian art is because that's the place where I came to realize how beautiful the world really is. I will always be grateful for my experiences there. Those places and people changed my perceptions of the world and my relationship to it. Even when I'm not there in body my spirit is connected and the islands are a constant source of inspiration. Here is a traditional Hawaiian chant that I find inspirational. It is taken from the book "The Echo of Our Song" translated and edited by Mary K. Pukui and Alfons L. Korn from The University Press of Hawaii Copyright 1973 page 193. The title of the chant is" E 'Ike Mai" or in english "Behold".

Above, above

all birds in air

below, below

all earth's flowers

inland, inland

all forest trees

seaward, seaward,

all ocean fish

sing out and say

again the refrain

Behold this lovely world

Hawaiian art has been around for a long time. There are numerous awesome artist expressing their visions of the islands. Many have served as an inspiration to me. While I admire what they've done I see it as a challange to create something new. I don't think an artist should be happy recreating what has already been done. Real art is an exploration. There needs to be the challange to push boundries and take chances. To boldly go where no artist has gone before is no easy task. It's something I've always aspired to do. Sometimes things have worked out well. At other times they haven't. Oh well. So I'm just going to keep looking for new ideas. I've been at this for over forty years and it's still as much fun as it ever was. There's nothing to do but move full speed ahead because there's no telling what's over the next hill or around the next bend. I'm really looking forward to finding out. When I do the only option for me will be to express it in the most creative way I can imagine at the time. When new art happens the process is subject to change without notice because that is what real art is all about. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

 Surrounded by a Spectral Sea   The title "Kauluwela Moku" is derived from two Hawaiian words. Two of the meanings of Kauluwela are glowing and colorful. Moku means island. In combination they mean glowing colorful island. The series of images is an exploration of color.

 The Story of the Hula   Taken from "Hula! New, Easy Self-Teaching Method" by Scotty Guletz (South Sea Scotty) 1956

 How Hawaii Was Made Safe (Part 4)   The final segment in the legend of the goddess Hi'iaka and her companions.

 How Hawaii Was Made Safe (part 3)   Hi'iaka and her companions face Pana'ewa the great mo'o of the forest.

 How Hawaii Was Made Safe (part 2)   A continuation of the legend of Hi'iaka and her quest to rid the island of Hawaii from the evil beings that ruled the island.

 How Hawaii Was Made Safe (part one)   From "Pele and Hi'iaka" by Emerson "Legends of the Volcanoes" by Westervelt Collected or suggested by Mary Kawena Pukui Retold by Caroline Curtis in "Pikoi and Other Legends of the Island of Hawaii" published by Kamahameha Schools in 1949.

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