Porkchop is an awesome name... My only regret is that I didn't think up that name myself!
Porkchop looks like a porkchop, a downright loveable ball of fluff and curls. When my uncles asked for his portrait and I saw that face- how could I say no?
I started with the orange background and planned to layer blue on top, but Uncle Don said the orange should stay and so it did. I like it with the orange too. Makes Porkchop really pop! That's one tasty Porkchop!
Aside from having one of the longest names, Red-Cheeked Cordon Bleu Finch is one of the smaller birds found in Hawaii. You can spot them relatively easily due to their bright turquoise plumage and the males' rosy red cheeks. I thought my CB would look quite cute with a hot pink background. And I must say, he does look dashing:)
Hide And Seek started as a different painting called Bamboozled with masked honeycreepers, but there was just something that wasn't clicking for me. I am so glad I changed it up. My Leiothrix look like they are having a great time playing games in the bamboo. I like the far left birdie- he's staying super still on the stump, trying to blend in... Can you see him? He's a master of disguise.
Owls are my faves- love their big glowing eyes and rotund fluffy bodies. The Pueo, Hawaiian Short-eared Owl, is one of the cutest owl in the whole world. They remind me of Russian nesting dolls. The Pueo is a ground owl, nesting on valley floors with nests of tall grass and twigs. Unlike most owls, the Pueo is active in the daytime. Every once in a while I will see one swoop overhead in the evening, but for the most part they get business done earlier.
My little Pueo is up for a game of peek-a-boo. She sees you... Now what?
The song came first on this one. I love Aretha Franklin and I was listening to her music while working on the jaguar. When "Chain Of Fools" came on, I knew it must be painted! This is a 6"x12" painting.
The Saffron Finch is a perfect bird to feature in "Chain Of Fools" because they are alwaying flitting about. Saffrons follow us on our walks: tap dancing on fences, threading the needle through branch gaps in trees and boldly playing in the middle of the street. The Saffron Finch is a highlight on our walk and they definitely stand out against the 6:30am halflight. So much fun! I might have to do a really large version...
My dad-in-law wanted a jaguar, so I painted him a jaguar:) I used to draw tigers and other big cats when I was young, so I thought this would be a cake walk. It was not...
Now that I have switched my brain to bright colors, cutesy birdies and pets, and loosen my brush control, painting realistic yet still within my style took a couple tries.
Ultimately I'm really happy with the results. My jaguar looks intent and focused on his prey. I think it best that we let him hunt, before he comes after us!
No one sings it like Etta James. She has the heartbreak and the strength in her voice that speaks louder than the lyrics. Etta's song is about finding someone who will love her past Saturday, every week of the year, every year.
There's gotta be someone out there that can give my White-Eye a Sunday Kind Of Love. He needs someone for every day, to snuggle up next to and love forever. I have faith that he will find his love!
The Ingrid Michaelson song, not Lady Gaga...
It's a really quirky song that starts:
"Don't you worry there my honey,
We might not have any money,
But we've got our love to pay the bills.
Maybe I think you're cute and funny.
Maybe I wanna do what bunnies do with you, if you know what I mean..."
She sings it acoustic with an ukulele which makes it even better.
My Java Sparrows look like they are just perfect. Nothing could be better than their day together up in this Jacaranda tree. We should probably not disturb them...
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.