Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Poipu Beach in Kauai.

Legendary local artist Andrew Spear shared a drawing called "Breakfast in Maui" that was done on location this week in Maui. I was honored when he said he was channeling his inner Thomas Thorspecken. In Andrew's honor, I am sharing sketches I did on a trip to Kauai just before production got started on the Disney Feature Animated film, "Lilo and Stitch." I still cry tears of pride when I hear the Hawaiian music from the opening of the film.

As Terry and I relaxed in the shade on Poipu Beach in Kauai, we noticed a crowd gather. A harbor seal had made his way up on the beach to soak up the sun right along with the tourists. A life guard set up orange cones a round the seal and he stood guard to be sure the crowd kept at a proper distance. Children knelled and watched the sleeping seal intently. Poipu Beach was named America’s Best Beach by The Travel Channel, ranking top among the 10 “best” beaches selected nationwide.

This small island has to be one of the most beautiful place on earth. The locals are friendly and everyone seems so happy just to be alive. With so much change happening right now, it feels good to reflect back on a time when life seemed simpler, and life felt balanced.  

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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