May 30, 2022 — Painting Pele Day 2 and a heartfelt Memorial Day as well. Sending love and prayers to all who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our democracy, and the families who grieve them.
Didn’t get to the studio till 1:30PM. Nonetheless, a very productive day. Got all the incandescent vapors emanating from the crater painted, some lifting high into the night sky. Tomorrow I will begin work on the night sky in earnest, along with the stars. Super excited for the incandescent glow to take better form once it is capped by the velvet indigo night sky.
Painting Pele Day 2. Here is a photo of how it looks so far. The streaked red in the top half is the underpaint. I tried to darken the first coat of solid red underpaint but I couldn’t get it to blend. Sometimes this happens when I go for a second layer. I finally let it go… it will be painted over anyway, with just little bits showing here and there.
In Hawaiian religion, Pele (pronounced [ˈpɛlɛ]) is the goddess of volcanoes and fire and the creator of the Hawaiian Islands. Often referred to as “Madame Pele” or “Tūtū Pele” as a sign of respect, she is a well-known deity within Hawaiian mythology and is notable for her contemporary presence and cultural influence as an enduring figure from ancient Hawaii. Epithets of the goddess include Pele-honua-mea (“Pele of the sacred land”) and Ka wahine ʻai honua (“The earth-eating woman”).
In different stories talking about the goddess Pele, she was born from the female spirit named Haumea. This spirit is important when talking about Hawaiʻi’s gods as she descended from Papa, or Earth Mother, and Wakea, Sky Father, both descendants of the supreme beings. Pele is also known as “She who shapes the sacred land,” known to be said in ancient Hawaiian chants.