Got Art?

I was recently asked if I sell my images and it occurred to me that perhaps I should mention that, yes, of course I’m always happy to sell my work. I sell enough to pay for my ink, paper and software licensing etc. And, until today, it’s all been by word of mouth.

So, with this in mind, if you are looking for a unique present for that special someone in your life or perhaps yourself, you too can purchase a “Douglas Walch” limited edition print of almost anything you find on my website.

My giclee prints are approximately 11.5” x 17.5” on 13”x19” Premium Presentation Matt paper. The inks are pigment-based and highly fade resistant. The cost is $100.00 per print plus shipping. Priority shipping with insurance is about $10 and usually takes three days to the mainland.

Support your local artist!

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Posted in Hawaii, Impressionisms of Hawaii, Outrigger Canoes, Photography by Douglas Walch

Coral Heads

I was more than pleased when I recently read a report from NOAA that there are signs the coral in Hawaii is recovering from the 2014 bleaching event. In late September and early October 2014, Hawaii experienced a huge spike in ocean temperatures and a period of very low winds. NOAA divers were logging water temperatures of 86°F during this time. I seriously could not believe how warm the water was and I recall everyone talking about it. The wonderful colors of coral is something I use to take for granted, like a lot of things in nature these days, but no more!

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Posted in Abstracts, Hawaii, Impressionisms of Hawaii, Ocean

Paddling Out

In Hawaii, much like hula, outrigger canoes provide a rich historical reminder and an opportunity to experience Hawaii’s cultural heritage. I can honestly say, there are few things I’d rather do than head out early in the morning into open ocean with close friends who are strong paddlers. Every time I go out I feel a sense of the Hawaiian heritage intertwined existence with the ocean.

The rendering shown here is a crew of outrigger canoe club paddlers leaving the Kamakahonu Beach early in the morning in a beautiful Koa canoe or Wa’a. In the background, you can see the ‘Ahu’ena Heiau (temple of the burning alter) which is the sacred Hawaiian temple where King Kamehameha 1 spent his last seven years in power before his son Liholiho succeeded him. Waterfront property for sure.

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Posted in Hawaii, Ocean, Outrigger Canoes

The Schnitz

If nothing else, I am a prolific dreamer. The dreams are bright, colorful, and most often whimsical. But seldom do I have any idea where they come from. A couple nights ago, I had my first dream about my cell phone and an image taken several years ago in Portland. I had completely forgotten about the image and it took like forever to find it tucked away in of all places, my Google Drive.

Originally opened as The Portland Publix Theater, it became the Paramount Theater and is now known as the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, or the “Schnitz”. The Schnitz has a rich and glorious history. In 1975 there was an auction to sell off the theater organ and statuary. During the auction, there was a general outcry from the audience to keep a particular marble statue, called “Surprise” (a nude girl with her hands thrown across her face) in the theater. A hat was passed among the 1200 member audience to take up a collection, and $5,233.97 was raised to purchase the statue and keep it in the theater lobby. The statue has a finger missing from a bullet from a box-office robbery in the 1950s.

As I worked on my rendering and reflected on my dream I had to wonder if somehow, back in the day, I had been there. Where do dreams come from anyway?

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Posted in Portland

South Swell

There nothing like seeing plump, round, liquid mountains of waves assaulting the shore line. In Hawaii, Southern swells are born by storms conceived in the South Pacific. Typically, these storms flow west to east with their anger aimed primarily at South and Central America and secondarily towards North America. Occasionally though, gales rise up out of the Tasmanian Sea with fetching winds pushing storms more on a south to north path towards Hawaii. When this happens, High Surf Advisories are issued, the coconut wireless blows up and everyone calls in sick. “Brah, surf’s up!”

There is a great story about a Southern swell arriving on Oahu in 1917 where Duke Kahanamoku describes the waves as being 20 to 30 feet in size and legend has it that he rode a “Bluebird” for over a mile from Castles Beach in toward the beach at Waikiki.

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Posted in Hawaii, Impressionisms of Hawaii, Ocean

Four Dolphins

“One day I caught four dolphins, how much I have gazed at these beautiful creatures… as they changed their hue in twenty varieties of richest arrangement of tints.” John James Audubon

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Posted in Hawaii, Ocean


Hey, I know that turtle!

I’ve spent the last couple weeks cobbling together my first video from a collection of GoPro clips I’ve taken over the last three years. More than anything else it was an exercise in learning how to use GoPro Studio. My conclusion is that I have lots to learn. As much as I’d like to post it here, I don’t feel like it is ready for prime time.

In the process of creating the movie, I took the time to capture a few still impressions of Louise, which I attempted to drop into the clip, but was not able to do so. Sad!

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Posted in Hawaii, Honu, Impressionisms of Hawaii

Starry Starry Night

Whenever I find myself standing in the lobby of the Volcano House on the Big Island, I’m drawn to the display of paintings by D. Howard Hitchcock. Long regarded as one of the most important interpreters of the Hawaiian landscape, in the late 1890s Hitchcock painted a number of works showing the active lava flows within both Kilauea and Mauna Loa craters. Then after returning from a night on the Halema’uma’u trail circling Kilauea’s crater, I’m motivated to create something Hitchcock might enjoy. This rendering is a composite of the Halema’uma’u crater, its glow against the sky and the Milky Way in the background.

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Posted in Volcano

Makaiwa Bay

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Want to get away…?

Posted in Hawaii, Impressionisms of Hawaii

Pu’us, Mauna Kea Summit

Taken at the summit of Mauna Kea during the Kamaaina Observatory Experience. This adventure was presented by Maunakea Observatories and ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center. It is a free monthly community event that seeks to inspire a passion for astronomy and an appreciation for the cultural and environmental future of Mauna Kea among Hawai‘i residents. Awesome!

Pu’us, Mauna Kea Summit

Posted in Astronomy, Hawaii