The above photo is of Hulopo’e Bay on the island of Lana’i. It’s definitely one of our favorite places in Hawaii. In fact, we’ve dubbed it our happy place.
Another Hawaii favorite of ours is Lana’i artist Mike Carroll. We don’t often purchase original oil paintings, but Mike Carroll’s art has captured our attention since we purchased the outrigger canoe painting shown in the below photo.
Andy and I are both facebook fans of Mike Carroll Gallery. About a week before our recent Lanai visit, a photo of the painting Breezy Hulopo’e Bay was posted on facebook. It was love at first sight. Mike had captured our favorite place so beautifully – especially with the warm glow of the late afternoon sunlight. Both Andy and I commented how much we liked it.
Andy and I talked about how much we liked it. We half-jokingly, half-seriously picked the spot where we’d hang the painting. We dreamed of owning it, but knew realistically, it might not be in the cards for us.
On a sunny Friday afternoon, we stopped into Mike Carroll Gallery in Lanai City. We walked straight to Breezy Hulopo’e Bay like it was a beacon. Mike was out painting at the time, but his lovely wife, Kathy, told us that two other parties had expressed an interest in purchasing it, but Mike put a courtesy hold on it for us, based solely on our facebook comments. What a surprise!
Andy and I briefly discussed the purchase decision. We’re not in the habit of purchasing original oil paintings, so we don’t take purchases like this one lightly. Within a couple of minutes we knew we had to take Breezy Hulopo’e Bay back home with us.
When you visit Lanai, I recommend you pop into Mike Carroll Gallery to talk story with Mike and Kathy. You might also find Mike at the Four Seasons Lanai Resorts where he is an Artist in Residence.
So, we are very blessed to have a painting of one of our favorite places Hawaii. I’d like to hear from you now. If you could have a painting of your favorite place in Hawaii, where would it be? Please enter your comment for a chance to win the collection of Mike Carroll greeting cards in the above photo. Please enter your comment by Saturday, March 10, 2012 for a chance to win.