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!
Look at this sweet face! Golden Retrievers are known for their friendliness, loyalty and enthusiasm. They are always ready to play ball, eat your leftovers when you aren't looking and provide an upturned belly when you need some love and comfort. He's a true pal, more than you could ever ask for.
Earlier this year, I painted a 22x28 size painting of Front Street and really enjoyed making each store special. For this painting, I went with the panoramic shape to fit in as many stores as possible. We've got a Lei Stand for all your visitors and special occasions. Of course Front Street needs Wyland Gallery with his signature whale logo and an art show sign out front. A Shave Ice Shack to cool down from the hot Hawaiian sun and a Surf Shop to grab a board when a good swell hits the harbor. After all the shopping and surfing, relax for dinner at the Tiki Bar and Grille. And when (or if) you have to go back to reality somewhere that is not Maui, get a pineapple or two to take home. There's a crate packed already waiting to go! It's the magic of Front Street Lahaina!
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:)
I love how this little lei shack came out. I based the house on an actual house in Hawaii with bright red steps and lanai floor leading to the front door. Complete with a plumeria tree to supply sweet smelling flowers and the sound of rolling waves behind, who wouldn't feel welcome on this island paradise? Kitty is totally enjoying her sleep on the front lanai too.
A favorite treat after a hot day in the Hawaiian sun is some shave ice! There are popular shacks all over the islands featuring tropical flavors with an option of vanilla ice cream on the bottom and/or azuki beans which is a Japanese sweet bean. When I'm feeling extra indulgent, I have to get both with my three flavors shave ice. I could go for one right now: lilikoi, pineapple, strawberry for me. What you getting?
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!
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.