Painting on Location
by Donald A. Jusko

Kaupo Heiau

22x30 Acrylic on Panel

In middle of the most desolate part of the back side of Maui is Kaupo. This road leads to the trail up the Kaupo Gap. The Gap is just left of this pictures mountain. The Kaupo Heiau, or raised rock temple area is in the right middle of the painting. It's big.. but looks small from here. Linda and Manny Domen's Kaupo Store is 100 yards to the left. I can't believe how simple I kept the bottom left area. It sure shows how I build up an area starting with a base light colors, in this case its the sky's reflections and the highlight yellows.

TIP: Tricks of the trade. When you are painting an acrylic painting, first paint the support white. The paintings paint just slides on and the whites can be left as is, they are already acrylic white. It's like oiling down a support when you are painting in oils, but in oils you must also use white paint, usually last. In water color you wash off the size on the painting side of the paper and wet the back side, then let it dry. This lets you stroke the first strokes big without any dry spots showing that you didn't plan on.

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