This project came with a lot of excitement for the kids at the Kalamaiki art class! The hard part was to chose witch animals to make 🙂 I made a Cat and the Owl as collage examples for the class, and to explain the potential uses of the collage technic.
I used some old magazines to tear apart and glue on the paper. I told them to group the magazine pages by colors and then chose the main color for their animal. After they finished gluing the pieces of magazine the animal background was ready. Meanwhile they drew the eyes and the nose on a separate paper then painted and glued them to the collage background. The mouth, whiskers and some shades are added as final touches.
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This little bird joins my collection of endemic Hawaiian Birds. Found in the island of Kauai, ʻAnianiau is the smallest Hawaiian honeycreeper. It mainly feeds on nectar from plants like the the Ōhiʻa lehua (flowering evergreen tree) also represented in this painting. Sadly the ʻAnianiau is in the group of threatened species as many other native birds of Hawaii.
The Big Island of Hawaiʻi is known for its active volcanoes. The “Kīlauea” painting was made in memory of the unexpected May 2018 eruption that changed the Big island landscape and impacted so many families in the Island. The Kilauea was the world’s longest continuously erupting volcano until it ended the lava flows on the fall of 2018.
The Ōhiʻa lehua (flowering evergreen tree) depicted represents life in the midst of devastation. Lehua is the official flower of the Big Island and is endemic to the Islands of Hawaii. The ʻŌhiʻa trees grow easily on lava rock and can grown as large as a tall tree or a small shrub. Preserving this endemic species is crucial to maintaining other species that depend on it.
Based on the amazing suggestion from this Facebook post I painted the #Pueo witch is another endemic Hawaiian Bird. Pueo is the Hawaiian name for the short-eared owl that is also in the group of the endangered species, particularly in O’ahu. In contrast with other owls, they are active throughout the day. The Pueo are often killed by cars in a possible attempt to hunt by going after the headlights. Drive safely if you encounter this beautiful bird in the road!
I started a collection on endemic Hawaiian Birds. I previously had a commission to paint the I’iwi but now decided to continue to expand to help create awareness on these beautiful birds.
This time I painted the Hawaiian goose known as Nene, the Hawaiian State bird. One of Nene’s favorite food are the berries of a a small shrub called Ohelo ‘ai which is also endemic to Hawaii, also represented in this panting.
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month.” Revelation 22:1-2.