The 17 Mile Marker is one of the most popular spots to paint pleinair on the entire island. I live just a couple of miles down the road from this scenic lookout, an area where the original Red Road still hugs the lava rocks and palm trees on the southeastern coast of Hawaii. Having only my 6″x18″ watercolor pad with me, I decided to try a vertical composition. Usually I choose a horizontal composition when looking off at the horizon, but I wanted to capture the layers of jutting rocks and ocean waves as they crash against the coast and reveal lava rocks and boulders beneath the surf as the water recedes. I placed two figures in the center of the composition, tourists who came to peek at the view for just a moment but whose presence remains in my painting.