I love the idea of a little birdhouse full of love with one bird waiting for the other to hurry home. This birdhouse is like a tiny farmhouse with it bright red siding and white moulding. The one yellow bird has been waiting all day for her love to get home. And the other yellow bird has been anxious to get back home to her. There's no place like home!
Kisses make everything better! That's what I say at least... These two Mountain Bluebirds seem to agree with my mantra and are spending a lovely sunny day amongst the sweet pink pinwheels of a plumeria tree. Sending kisses with love and love in the form of kisses!
There's extra passion in this painting... Between the heart kissing 'I'iwi and our passionfruit and flowers, it's getting downright steamy! As part of my Ke Aloha Series, the subjects of this painting is a pair of native Hawaiian bird species kissing in the form of a heart and surrounded by the beauty and nature of Hawaii. The 'I'iwi is Hawaii's version of a hummingbird. They are not related and the 'I'iwi does not hover, but they are quick, cheery and easy to spot in their natural habitat.
For every Ke Aloha painting, I donate a percentage of the profits to help conservation efforts in Hawaii. To find out more about the conservation efforts going on in Hawaii, check out the following websites:
Nothing is cuter than a rotund little baby, especially a baby Chickadee! This little guy rolled in to say hello and join us for some quality time together. A little ball of sunshine and love. Not a bad way to start the day:)
At the beginning of the year I met Brooks, long time supporter of the conservation efforts for the native Hawaiian birds and a new fan of my work:) We started this commission from an idea he came up with a while back as he was helping to restore Mauna Kea's habitat for the Palila, a critically endangered indigenous bird.
His idea was to have an upside down Palila reaching for Mamane flowers or pods and collecting snow on his backside in the process. With Mamane shrubs scattered about, Pu'us (cinder cones) set behind the action and an edge of the mountain in the distance.
I was a little worried that not everything would it on our 9"x12" canvas, but made it all fit with lots of snow to cap it off. Our Palila pair look so very happy in the snow, with still enough to eat and a fantastic view.
Thanks Brooks! Enjoy your painting:)
Swinging among the mangoes is all fine and dandy, but it’s even more fun when you add a kiss or two in between! My little Mejiros, or Japanese White-Eyes, are taking advantage of the afternoon breeze. Swaying along with the bright fruit below, it’s easy to lose yourself in the moment here in Hawaii. It’s even better to get lost with the one you love!
Sometimes I like to be alone and have some peace and quiet. But then I get bored and would rather be with my hubby or a friend. In the case of these two Leiothrixes, two is always better than one. They have each other to spend the day with and two pineapples to quench both thirst and hunger. Plus those ripe pineapples sure smell good! Now that I think about it more, peace and quiet is way overrated… Now let’s open up one of the pines!
The mangoes are going crazy in my backyard and they are giving me lots of inspiration! 'Apapanes are usually found on higher ground where the lehua blossoms are plentiful and the air is refreshingly crisp. Today they decided to come down from the rainforest and swing like Tarzan and Jane on these candy-colored mangoes. Going in for a kiss was never more fun!
A Warhol-inspired tetraptych of Birdettes!
The Birdette is a name I use for a little fat happy bird that seems to have alit in front of us for a brief hello. He is cute, endearing and always looking for someone to love (which sometimes makes his head tilt to the side). My Birdettes come in all different colors and varieties, bringing a little joy to everyone with whom he crosses paths.
What's new, I love me some kisses!
This 'Akepa pair has made it to the beach for a sun-filled afternoon. Actually it's a little hotter than anticipated, so they decided to find some shade in a nearby coconut palm. With a little breeze, the palm fronds begin to sway just like a built-in fanning system. Such a perfect place to enjoy some much needed time together!
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.