Waikiki Beach outside the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 2008.
Despite the stress of having my sister’s husband and my mother pass away within the week, I still manage to find peace and joy in art, music, and Hawaii.
On Sunday, David and I attended a Hawaii Symphony concert, which featured the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 and the Shoshtakovich Symphony No. 5. Outstanding performance by conductor Victor Yampolsky and pianist Natasha Paremski! We really liked our seats near the left aisle of the orchestra level, because we had a nice view of the piano keyboard and the pianist’s hands. We will probably renew our season tickets.
During intermission, we went outdoors and chatted with friends. Since it was only 5:00 p.m., the sun was shining and the weather was balmy. Where else will you find such a beautiful setting outside a concert hall? If I were in New York City or San Francisco, I would be standing amidst tall concrete buildings. Whereas, here in Hawaii, I stood among coconut trees and grass. Totally different scene. How I love Hawaii! There’s no place like it, believe me. I have traveled the world, so I know what I am talking about.
Landscape in front of the Blaisdell Concert Hall, 2012:
Then there is art. I have commissioned my dear friend, Flo Miyahira, to paint a still life, consisting of yellow daffodils in a vase. As you know, I already have three of her paintings hanging in my home: A garden scene, a lighthouse at sunset, and a painting of a white dog. I told Flo to use her artistic imagination and surprise me. As long as the subject is a vase of yellow daffodils, I will be happy. So, let’s see what she comes up with. I simply love her work so far, and I know she won’t disappoint me.
My friend Flo’s paintings, hanging in my home:
I’ll post a photo of her fourth painting (vase of yellow daffodils) when it arrives.
Art, music, and Hawaii: They bring me peace and joy.