What comes first the song or the painting? Usually I pick a song to match my painting as part of my post-creation homework. But sometimes, the song inspires a painting and I have this need to make the lyrics come to life!
Obviously this painting is an example of the latter situation. In Hawaii, the struggle and strife found in most reggae lyrics usually gets lost in translation, even though the native Hawaiians went through similar trials and tribulation. Most people in Hawaii love reggae for the melodic, rolling ease of the music, the loose moves of skanking (dancing style) and the ubiquitous feeling of hope.
The birds I chose are Ruby Crowned Kinglets. Males and females look very similar aside from the males having bright red crown feathers. Ruby Crowned Kinglets are known for being small, round and all around adorable! They are constant movers, hopping and flying every which way. And when nesting, the RC Kinglet will use a "broken wing" tactic to lure predators away from the nest or outright mob the interloper with torpedo attacks. Since these birds hardly take a break, I thought it would be fitting to have them cruising for a moment on Bob's doormat:)
Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" (the song): "Rise up this morning, smiled at the rising sun. Three Little Birds, pitch by my doorstep. Singing sweet songs of melodies pure and true. Saying this is a message for you... Singing don't worry about a thing, cause everything little thing's gonna be alright... "
Yay! My newest collector, Makenzie (and family), decided to take home "Purple Haze" and "Born In The USA" yesterday from Genesis Gallery! I get to meet her this weekend and I'm very excited! First trip out into the world after my surgery. She's also an artist, so we are going to swap ideas and tips. Maybe Makenzie can give me a few more ideas for future paintings, she chose two really great paintings :)
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.