A Hawaiian lei can be constructed of leaves, flowers, seashells, feathers, seeds, nuts, and even bone and teeth from various animals. It is a custom that still lives on in Hawai'i today. Below is a Plumeria Lei. These flowers are some of the most fragrant, and come in a wide variety of colors. They don't last long once picked from a tree, so the time spent with them are special.
A Custom of "Aloha"
A Lei can be worn at anytime for any occasion. They are a nice gesture for arriving guests, life celebrations, special occasions and holidays. There are few "rules" when it comes to wearing or giving a Lei.
Have you ever dreamed of owning a surfboard hand painted by world renown artist Kim McDonald? Don't know where to start or where to display it? The possibilities are endless! Anything you dream can become a reality. Here are a few examples of ways they can be displayed.
Vertical V-Stand Display for easy maneuvering to be displayed virtually anywhere
Kim is taking a much needed trip back home to see her family in Lake Tahoe. She has been a busy bee working all summer at the Four Season's Resort on Maui, and painting every chance she gets in her Paia Studio. We are happy to see her back home for a little rest and relaxation.
Kim with her gorgeous niece Justine
Exciting NEWS! Kim McDonald's artwork is back in the Beach House Restaurant on Kauai. Within the restaurant you will find an abundance of her work. You are sure to find something you love and bring a little piece of paradise home with you.
"Black Pearl Gallery" is located in the Beach House Restaurant, Poipu, Kauai. You can find her latest work there. Add to your collection or become a new collector!
Gallery - 5-5016 Kuhio Hwy # C, Hanalei, HI 96714
P: (808) 742-8822 Open Everyday 2:00-9:00PM
Is now available at Black Pearl Gallery
Kim's latest work for a client here on Maui. The whimsical hues are really coming together!
Looks like she saved the Canoe as the final step!
Original Oil on Canvas
This past weekend Maui Hands Gallery celebrated their 25 year anniversary! Kim McDonald has had her work featured in Maui Hands for many years. We are so thankful for the hospitality and relationships created. Cheers to another 25!
Ever wondered what a working artist's studio looks like? Ever wanted to get a peek into the creative process that results in the line, color and composition of memorable pieces? It's easy! If you are a collector of Kim's art, or have seen pieces on the website that intrigue you, contact Kim at 808.757.8211 or Kim@KimMcDonald.com, and make an appointment for one of Maui's truly unique experiences! (Don't be shy--it is so easy to pull in on the way to Mamas, and in half an hour, you will experience what a fun, multi-dimensional world a working studio can be!)
Once you arrive, Kim greets you with the fresh Perrier and takes you on a guided journey, inviting you to explore her whole creative process--from contemplating the amazing view of Haleakala, the Inspirational Indian sarongs draped over the couches, the overflowing lush pallets, to the workshop where her custom surfboards come to life, one painstaking layer at a time.
At the end of the journey you may want to take a piece of Maui home with you!
"Thanks, Kim, for capturing long-lasting memories of beautiful Maui." Ernie and Marisa
Saturday I took a beautiful drive to Hana to one of my favorite representing galleries, Hana Coast Gallery. My mission was deliver all new art to freshen up the spring collection! Always a joy to see gallery Director Alesiamae (photographed below) Next time you're in Hana, be sure to stop by the Hana Coast Gallery to check out all the amazing local artists.
Kim celebrates the sea in her artwork, and defends it in the many environmental organizations she actively participates in. She has donated some of her finest work for to help these groups raise funds through silent (and not-so-silent) auctions and other art-related activities.
Some of her current beneficiaries are The Waterkeeper Alliance, Surf Riders, and (pictured here) the first Annual “Water/Wo/Men” Event In Support of Global Water Conservation at Six Senses Laamu . At their gathering in the Maldives, Kim created an art surfboard which was signed onsite by the well-known attendees and then auctioned off, fetching a handsome donation for Water/Wo/Men's mission. The art of giving, personified!
Layne Beachley and Kate Bosworth
Kim getting artsy with the Maldives children
Phillipe Cousteau and Daryl Hannah
I love going to Mama's Fish House with my cherished collectors after visiting my studio showroom in Sprecklesville. Mama's is an iconic restaurant on the North shore of Maui with fabulous food and even more fabulous staff. I highly suggest dining at Mama's while visiting Maui, you won't be disappointed.
I had the honor of painting a couple surfboards for professional waterman Kai Lenny. Photographed below is Kai with his gun board with his custom red shark I designed, this board he rode while surfing JAWS at Peahi, one of the biggest breaks in the world.
Ever since my first visit to Tahiti I have been in love and infatuated with black Tahitian pearls. My favorite pearl designer is Jess from St. Bart's who sells her beautiful designs all over the world and at the cute Paia boutique called Imrie.
Some of you may remember a few years ago when I brought my tribal surfboard art onto towels and other beach lifestyle products, starting the launch of KAIKIMBA. One of the most exciting parts of that whole new venture was the photoshoot. Seeing artists work with one another and collaborate with each other is exhilarating, and leaves you with beautiful visuals. Now I take you back to Paia Bay via 2013 with the stunningly talented Maui girl- Callie Mahoney and the absolutely brilliant photographer Peter Augustin! Enjoy!
There are several ways to display a surfboard when hanging as art. I have tried several hanging techniques and props and as of the last few years my favorite stand has been these lightweight, simple and sleek V- Stands from SurfWorks USA . The owner Frank is a super nice and helpful. The prices are good and the stands are quality! SurfWorks has a variety of board stands but pictured below are the surfboard V-Stands. Check them out!
Wow! Last nights event for the Bodie Miller Fundraiser for the Aspen Valley Ski Club was amazing. There was an incredible turnout of over 100 people to meet Bodie Miller and listen to his inspiring speech about his career. 10% of the proceeds of sales last evening with to AVSC (Aspen Valley Ski Club). Many of my long-term collectors visited the event. I had the honor of presenting my surfboards and working with collectors. There was an incredible interest in the 'Black Menace' board, which happens to be the first surfboard of its kind with a black background, so the positive feedback was greatly appreciated and inspiring!
Stop into Performance Ski anytime this month to check out my new Oceanic Series Surfboards!
Aloha everyone! I am back in one of my favorite places in the world and my second home; Aspen, Colorado. This time I brought some boards with me, surfboards that is. I am beyond thrilled to be showing my new Oceanic Series Surfboards at my favorite ski shop, Performance Ski, for the month of March!
All of the surfboards are shaped and glassed by world-class shaper David Gott in Maui, Hawaii. I hand-paint each surfboard making it an original piece of art where no two are alike. These one-of-a-kind surfboards are surely a cool, fun, and sleek addition to any room.
If you are in Aspen during March, stop by Performance Ski! I look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones.
A hui hou!
It may be raining and gloomy outside here on Maui but I'm busy painting away beautiful fantasy beach life. Stay tuned to see the finished work.