Mark Twain is one of my favorite authors. In his storytelling he perfectly balances hyperbole and abrupt honesty in a way that makes me laugh out loud! I love his vivid descriptions that create places I recognize and many that I’d love to see someday. He visited Hawaii in 1866, and through his writing he shared our unique culture and beauty with readers around the globe. When I read this passage, I knew I had to attempt to paint it.
“The ocean: a brilliant, transparent green near the shore, bound and bordered by a long white line of foamy spray dashing against the reef, and further out the dead blue water of the deep sea, flecked with “white caps,” and in the far horizon a single, lonely sail – a mere accent-mark to emphasize a slumberous calm and a solitude that were without sound or limit.” Mark Twain, Roughing It
This, too, puts a beautiful picture in my mind:
“For me its balmy airs are always blowing, its summer seas flashing in the sun; the pulsing of its surf is in my ear; I can see its garlanded crags, its leaping cascades, its plumy palms drowsing by the shore, its remote summits floating like islands above the cloud-rack; I can feel the spirit of its woody solitudes, I hear the plashing of the brooks; in my nostrils still lives the breath of flowers that perished twenty years ago.” – Mark Twain, a Biography
Maybe for my next painting!
Mark Twain’s Ocean is available at my Etsy Shop.