Design: Luscious Pink Hibiscus Oil Painting

Luscious Pink Hibiscus Oil Painting-by Seas Reflecting Starlight

Hibiscus flowers are some of the most popular flowers here in Hawai’i, and one of the most iconic.  I’m no plant expert, but I think that this is the species Hibiscus rosa-sinensis which is native to East Asia but now very common in Hawai’i.  However, there are also many Hibiscus varieties that are native to Hawai’i in a full rainbow of colors.  And yes – tourist and local women alike occasionally tuck a blossom behind our ear (although it can be hard to get them to stay!)

This is a digital oil painting I did inspired by one of my photos.  I painted it in Photoshop using digital brushes designed to simulate real oil-painting brushes on a canvas texture.

Design: Dazzling Glow Lotus

Dazzling Glow Lotus by Seas Reflecting Starlight.

Inspired by my Illuminating Lotus photo, but with a very different feel from my similarly-inspired Rainbow Etching Lotus, this art piece has a glow that radiates outward.  Of the three, this one seems the most otherworldly and mysterious, akin to a latent inner nature just waiting to shine.

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Design: Rainbow Etching Lotus

Rainbow Etching Lotus

Inspired by my Illuminating Lotus photo, this art piece also has a way of popping off the page with its colorful rainbow outline.

Although I created this piece digitally, the effect reminds me of a type of paper art that I’ve done before:

  • Get a piece of multicolored paper (works best with a stiff paper like card stock, and colors that are attached to the page in a way that won’t easily scratch off – dyed into the paper, printed, marker, colored pencil, etc.)
  • Lightly paint over the paper with a thin and EVEN coat of paint (works best with something that can easily be scratched off like acrylics; dark paints may cover underling color easier than light paints)
  • Let the paint dry
  • CAREFULLY (don’t cut yourself or the paper) use something with an edge to etch a design onto the page.  As you remove thin lines (and/or wider sections) of the paint, the colors underneath will shine through, and your design will have multicolored lines!
  • If these directions inspired you to create something, post a link to it in the comments!  (Even after this becomes an old post, I enjoy hearing from my readers, so don’t be shy!)

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