Thursday, March 29, 2007

"Swingn' Palms" Aloha Shirt print on 100% cotton knit

The design elements in this print are typical: coconut palm trees,
ocean,flowers and hula girls. What was different about this print is that the hula girls were on the golf course ,one of them holding the flag. Her top is in a coral and white colored pareo print. The flowers in her hair and on her wrist are white,as are the clouds.

The golfer, not shown here, is wearing an aloha shirt in same print as the hula dancer's top. He is also wearing white slacks and saddle oxfords with a lauhala hat on his head.I love his face too!

One of my favorite design techniques is to use a tonal layer beneath the central motif.It is such a thrill to paint around motif or to paint a motif on top of a tonal ground(depending on the colors used).Example shown here is the hula girl holding the flag as she stands in front of large yellow plumeria flowers and leaves on a lighter yellow ground color.Such a beautiful way to add color and design and a technique that has been used since ancient times and now can be
generated in a computer program .It's just a fantastic way to bring color and design into this world.

This print did very well in woven cotton for Kahala Sportswear's mens aloha shirts and was made into cotton polo knit shirts in another season.

I saw this shirt being worn in a size XXXL man sitting in a chair. The design was stretched across his broad back,taking the art to a whole new level. It was really a pleasure to see!

Good Evening from Kailua, Oahu,


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