This painting started off as a 24"x36" painting. I had all kinds of different birds with coral hibiscus perched all over. It didn't work as a cohesive painting, so it sat in my studio for a year. Last week I looked over at it and realized I was holding onto it because of these adorable 'Akepas. I decided to fix it for good by cutting down my painting and restretching the cropped version on a 12"x12" frame. I'm so glad I did. Now it's one of my favorite paintings:)
The 'Akepa is a brilliant orange male and duller female that make Hawaii's forests just a little brighter. These two are having a good time, singing and swaying in the lower branches of a hibiscus bush. Love is wonderful!
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.