"Butterfly Kisses" is a break from the birds for a day. Every so often I have to reset and paint something a little different to freshen up my perspective. I really enjoyed painting "Lucky Boy" for Johanna and the butterfly in "Little Wing", so I was thinking of cute dogs and butterflies. The butterfly is a Monarch, prevalent in California and Hawaii. The dog is a West Highland Terrier puppy, or Westie for short. My parents have an adorable Westie, so I like to use him as a model.
When I finish a painting, I show it to a select group of people for selfish reasons. I show my husband for support, usually I just get a "looks good babe". (The constant encouragement is great, but sometimes I wish he'd give me a little more feedback.) I show my friend Kris for an art-centric opinion (she's pretty tough and will give me an honest critique). I show my parents for a buyer's view (they are the toughest critics, but usually spot on).
So when I emailed "Butterfly Kisses" to Kris and my parents, and they all approved this painting, I thought it would be a slam-dunk. With just "looks good babe" left to be said, I walk up to my couch-lounging husband and proudly present him with "Butterfly Kisses", awaiting the reflex endorsement. Instead I hear, "That would never happen." Moral of the story: be careful what you wish for... At least I know he's paying attention!
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.