“Koki’o ‘ula & Palila” Hawaiian Red Hibiscus and Palila Bird – Step By Step
This is one of my favorite paintings from my East Hawaii Cultural Center Exhibit. It is titled ” Koki’o ‘ula & Palila ” – Hawaiian Red Hibiscus and Palila Bird. All I had for reference was a small photo of a hibiscus blossom from a few years back. Though the reference was taken on an over cast day I wanted the flower’s petals to remain luminous and bright in my painting. By applying several layers of transparent glazes of highly saturated pigment this luminous quality remains apparent.
I started the painting by creating a monochromatic underpainting in red and deep quinachridone.
Once the underpainting was complete I began overlaying the other colors. I made sure to jump all over the painting and not spend too much time in any one area. This keeps my eyes ‘fresh’ and observant.
Pushing and pulling values in the background now. Finding the sweet spot in every inch of the canvas; remaining ever mindful of how every aspect relates to the next. IfÂ I push one petal forward how does it relate to the others, etc.
And the finished painting… 18×24 on canvas
To see photos of the exhibit at EHCC in Hilo, Hawaii click here.
Giclee prints of this painting are available on paper and canvas, click here for more info.
Hope you enjoyed seeing the painting process, thanks for looking!