It’s always a great time to go to Maui, but February is one of the best months to go. It’s the time when a lot of people are escaping the harsh cold winters of the mainland, (rain, snow, hail, and freezing weather!), more than 3,000 humpback whales are visiting the islands and putting on their mating shows and birthing their babies, and for those of you who love art, it is the time of the Annual Maui Plein Air Invitational Event.
Prior to 1840, paints were made by mixing dry pigments with linseed oil in artist’s studios. Plein Air, a French term for painting outdoors, first came about when paints were finally made portable and could fit in tubes, which allowed the artists to go outside to capture the natural light which was so different than painting indoors in a studio. The artists try to capture a moment in time, as if you could tell what time of day it was by the position of the sun and the length of the shadows.