I have compiled loads of sketchbooks and tons of sketches over the years. Especially this last year, I really bulked up my drawing time to help me compose paintings and keep things fresh.
So when Wyland Waikiki asked for pineapple, I already had some ideas involving a pineapple of two...
The composition I finally chose showcases a juicy, ripe pineapple listing to the right with an 'Akohekohe gripping the pineapple's side. I decided an 'Akohekohe would be a perfect friend for this pineapple since they share the same hairdo! What a cute pair they make!!
The 'Anianiau is a beautiful, bright yellow Hawaiian honeycreeper that is known to exists only in the most dense, wet forests of Kauai. Both male and female are bright yellow, although the female is slightly duller. They nest in Ohia and love sipping nectar from Lehua (Ohia flower) and other Hawaiian flora, but bugs like caterpillars give them a little more protein.
Pikake is one of my most favorite smelling flower in Hawaii. Pikake is the Hawaiian name for Jasimnum sambac (Jasmine family) which is also found in India, the Philippines and other similar climates. They have little flowers that open up and have that sweet aroma of misty rainforest candy.
Together, the 'Anianiau and Pikake make a pretty pair. They are a little reminder of the paradise that is Hawaii!
I have a great tangerine tree in my backyard that, although small in stature, produces a huge amount of super juicy fruit. Sometimes I have to pluck a few unripe tangerines so the branches don't break under all the weight.
For this painting, I started with an all black canvas. Initially, my plan was to make the napkin turquoise, but changed my mind and went with cream. Also, I planned to paint dark green over the black as the background, and I did. But I wasn't satisfied with the look, so I washed black over the green and kept it.
The black makes this painting feel real classy, black tie event classy, hence the title "Orange Is The New Black". Who knew that tangerines could be so chic!
I show my parents all the artwork that I do, partly for critique (make sure it looks like a pear for example) but mostly I show them for the selfishly fuzzy feeling I get when they send me their approval. When I emailed my dad "Family Portrait" along with a few others, he said "I like the Pear Family Portrait"... So I stole the name from him. We have a family of five: Mom, Dad, older bro, twin bro and me. I'm not sure who's who in the portrait, but man, we make a cute pear family! Next I will need a longer canvas to include our expanding family with spouses and baby D :)
Check out my ARTWORK portfolios for newly posted paintings that I just uploaded yesterday and today (especially in "Fruits of Nature" and "Surf's Up!")
Strawberries are yummy! I needed to take a break from birdies for just a moment, so today I decided to paint some fruit. I'll be back to birds in no time, but I really enjoyed painting these strawberries too. In Hawaii, we have some really amazing farms. A lot of the restaurants here implement "farm-to-table" style cooking which simply means that they utilize the local ingredients found on island from our many Hawaiian growers. Some of the best strawberries are located on the Big Island in Waimea. Deep red in color and intense juicy flavor make these strawberries hard to beat. Fortunately for us, Hawaii feels like summertime all the time, so we can get these strawberries almost any day of the year. Nature's candy!
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.