The song generated the painting today. What is funny is that I thought I had a conversation with one of my friends about painting seagulls, and now I'm not sure if that was a dream or reality... At any rate, seagulls got stuck in my brain and the only way to unstick them was to put them in this painting!
Even though we have amazing surf here in Hawaii, we don't have that many docks or piers, not like California. So this painting reminds me of beach days in Half Moon Bay or Santa Cruz.
My older brother taught me to surf all those years back in Santa Cruz on a Nerfboard, rashguard and boardshorts. Did I mention it was in Santa Cruz water in April? I lasted all of ten minutes and decided I didn't like surfing that much. I relinquished my foam-top board to my bro and he went paddling to the outside surf while I sat on the beach drippping wet and freezing my tush off. Two years later, I rediscovered surfing in Hawaii and realized that bikini surfing in the hot sun and rolling waves is way more fun! Looking back, I'm thankful to have shared that experience with my brother... even if he ditched me for the waves ;) Don't feel bad Mike, I get it now...
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.