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Here is a work of art that has been dubbed a “scainting”, since it is a cross between a painting and a sculpture. The medium is oil on canvas, five canvases mounted together. There were a few things that I was thinking about when I came up with this other than just painting a landscape scene of the Ko’olau Mountain Range as viewed from Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden in Kaneohe. I wanted to add to the textural feel and exemplify the peaks and valleys of the mountains.  The other thought I had was more of nostalgic 70s sense; as I was envisioning all this green, an image of an avocado green ranch style house with these rectangular window cutouts to see the view, came to mind. Anyway, this is the result. It is 37.5″ w x 28″h.

 

Ko'olau Vista - Pati O'Neal

A natural depiction of the golden mean. This painting is of a costus speciosus as it pops up from the understory to shine in the sunlight. It is a 30″ x 40″ oil on canvas painting and is available at Sunshine Arts in Kahalu’u.

Spiral Costus - Pati O'Neal

Birds of Paradise - Pati O'Neal

This painting, Birds of Paradise, was done as a commission for a lovely couple from Alaska as a gift for their friend. It is a companion piece to one that I did last year, ‘Awapuhi ‘Ula’ula.

'Awapuhi 'Ula'ula - Pati O'Neal

Both paintings are 12″ w x 24″h, oil on canvas and framed in black with a thin gold leaf liner. For these tropical floral paintings, I often go out to various gardens and go hiking for inspiration and photographs. I was fortunate in being able to find both of these in my mother’s yard.

Kahana Bay Splendor - Pati O'Neal

One of my earliest memories is of going to the beach at Kahana Bay. Located on the east side or windward side of Oahu, this beach has sugary fine sand with gently lapping waves, a perfect choice for small children. The beach park has lots of shade from Ironwood and Hau trees making it also a great choice for picnicking and camping. There is a hiking trail across the road on the mountain side that leads into Kahana Valley. The view across the bay is the subject of this recent painting called Kahana Bay Splendor. It is 18″h x 36″w oil on canvas.

World famous Kailua landmark, Kalapawai Market, at the entrance to Kailua Beach Park is depicted in this painting. It has been around since 1932.  The original painting has been sold and is brightening up a breakfast nook on the East Coast, but it is still one of my favorites. It brings back memories of my childhood when we used to stop there often on our way to and from Lanikai. Today, I still stop in for their great coffee in the morning and their delicious sandwiches.

Kalapawai Afternoon - Pati O'Neal