Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Silk Aloha Shirt with vintage surfer

On page 198 of The Aloha Shirt book by Dale Hope, you'll see the original shirt that was copied from a photograph for Kahala Men's line in silk.

I xeroxed the reference photograph, enlarged it, scanned it into my computer,studied it and finally did copy this image. The pansy flower lei surrounding this surfer is what took so much time to draw and paint. Even after I was sure that it was a good match, I would see one difference and put it back onto table and made the change.

On the pocket of the shirt was a smaller surfer standing up.I'll post this image another time. He was small but complex also.

I really like the red ,pink and reddish van dyke brown in this design ,giving it an unusual and warm color palette. The soft, round elements in water are very easy to look at. The surfer's lei is tossed back as he speeds through the water on his board.

Aloha from Kailua Oahu,Hawaii,

Emma Howard

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