Welcome to Michele's Traveling Studio Online! My name is Michele Cooper
and through this web site I hope to keep in touch with my students, readers
and friends in many countries around the world with whom I share a love
for the art of painting watercolors. The Traveling Studio is usually relocated
for a short while in the winter to the beautiful Pacific Islands of Oahu
It is like being in attendance at a grand
performance! First the music:
a deep bass rumbles and clashing cymbals of
waves break against the rocks at Sharks' Cove
on the North Shore of Oahu,
a phosphorescent sizzle of the foam across
the sand, a string of
pearly bubbles along a boundless
The massive drapes of velvet cloud begin to
Light effects change moment by moment while
tiny pink skirts of bougainvillea blossoms
dance in the warm tropical wind.
Palm trees sway to the rhythmic susurrations
and rustle their leafy fingers in applause.
I set up to paint my favorite view at Lanikai.
This time I will emphasize the rocks and add
a fishing boat.
You can buy mangos by the case here. That's
good. . . even if you get hungry while painting them, there are more than
enough for the artist AND the still-life.
A beautiful view in farm country.
A horse of a different color.
We've come to expect things like bugs, flowers
and sharks in Hawaii........
Just not in the parking lot.
There are beautiful flowers everywhere.
Some of my best photos come from flowers at
hotels and restaurants.
On the way to the grocery store, I realized
I had a navigator.
I guess you could say I had a geckodometer!
The wind was blowing so hard, it sandblasted
me and my easel.
The kiteboarders and sailboarders just loved
Next location was Sandy Beach. Best to leave
the surfing to the experts
and the painting to us.
Here is a closeup section of one of two gouache
paintings for the week.
We went on a whale watch and saw spinner dolphins
and humpback whales.
If you ever want a fantastic experience, take
an excursion with
The whales are in these waters to calve, nurse
We watched 2 males chase a female for quite
some time. They stirred up the ocean
like children in a bathtub!
On the way back to the harbor, we watched
one humpback lolling around in the water.
We kept getting a wave, until he finally poked
his head up and looked to see
why we weren't coming over to play.
I hope you'll visit this site often and I would love to hear from you-my
e-mail address is email@example.com.