Aloha means more than hello or goodbye.
It’s a feeling, a way of being that exists on Hawaii.
We are very blessed to have Hawaii as one of our states. I am very blessed to have now visited Maui 17 times.
This trip my husband and I are here for two months. When you stay in one place for that long you take a completely different approach to your trip. Especially on Maui.
It is not one big whirlwind of activity. We get a chance to really relax into Maui and feel the Aloha.
I think of Maui as my spiritual home.
Warren and I are going to renew our wedding vows on the beach this year.
We celebrated 40 years being married last May. It felt like a good thing to renew our vows.
So to celebrate that occasion, I told Warren it was way past time for me to have a new wedding ring. Poor guy didn’t know that you reward a good wife of long standing with a new ring.
I explained it this way:
Husband who doesn’t get a trophy wife has to buy a trophy for the wife of long standing.
It made perfect sense to me and I got a pretty new diamond ring.
This is a hibiscus I photographed at our condo grounds. It is the most beautiful color of pink.
I started this painting in Rebelle, a watercolor app. Then I brought it into Painter and finished it with acrylic-like paints.
I am calling this the Outsider. The little bird on the left wants to join the two birds on the right. But, they are busy gossiping. He feels very left out. The two birds will let him join them as soon as they finish their gossip.
I think there’s a lesson here. Don’t gossip. People know they shouldn’t. These two birds that are gossiping are embarrassed to have the little bird join them because they know gossiping is wrong. Really, it’s none of your business.
Deep In The Forest was a fun one to paint.
I started it in Painter with liquid inks splayed all over the page in bright colors. Then I took it into Rebelle. Rebelle, is a new digital painting application that has amazing watercolor and ink effects. I was able to get wonderful drips flowing out of the liquid inks.
Then I brought the painting back into Painter and finished it with Blend Camel Hair brushes I made. I had so much fun finding flowers and little animals.
As always, light and dark values were a challenge, but I think I did pretty well with them.
Another problem I’ve had is putting something right smack dab in the middle of the painting. This happens more often with rectangle-shaped canvases, so I have moved to using square canvases.