Christopher Kovacs - Fine Art
May 21, 2024   11:27 pm NL Time

Majestic Honu

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Majestic Honu


Status of Original Painting – Sold

All prices are in Canadian dollars

Size: 14 x 20  inches

Price: $1,000

Medium: Watercolour on 300 lb Arches


For those of you who follow my work, we’ve left the Atlantic coast.

On the other side of the continent and under Pacific waters, this is a diving green sea turtle, with its reflection mirrored by the undersurface of the water. Known as Honu in Hawai’i, they are much beloved and considered to be symbols of wisdom and good luck. Honu also represent the navigator and a link between mankind and the sea. They have been a threatened and endangered species, but with protection their numbers have been rebounding. They’re fascinating to watch swimming, feeding in the water, surfacing for air, and diving again. Or you might encounter a cluster of them, lazily basking in the sun for hours, seemingly cooking themselves on the lava rocks that line the shore.

I took the reference photo while snorkeling off the Big Island near Kona some ten or more years ago.

My thanks to Laura Genge who, when I was pondering what to paint next, asked if I’d ever painted an underwater scene. My 2008 painting Hawaiian Snorkel is the only one I can recall. But that question inspired me to search through my snorkeling photos, and I found this one. I don’t have any underwater scenes from around the Newfoundland coast, and so such an underwater Atlantic scene isn’t yet possible for me to do. I’m not into scuba diving, but I would like to paint a shipwreck scene sometime if I can get some good reference photos.

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