I gave myself a lot of artistic leeway on the rendition of the 'Apapane in this painting. Sometimes I like to just make the idea of the bird and feature the flower a little more. In Hawaii, we have a lot of different colored Hibiscus, but the yellow with red inside is the state flower.
I imagine this little guy is waiting for new friends to arrive. He thought it best to come prepared with a symbol of the islands, welcoming everyone to come and stay awhile.
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Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.