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Maile Ilima Lei #9

It doesn’t end here… artist as a job description is not just drawing and painting there is a lot of other things done each day where all self-employed people wear a lot of hats.

Now to let it thoroughly dry and erase all pencil marks as much as possible. Scan and then clean it up in PhotoShop and save in whatever formats the client requests…

Save files, transmit files, package up originals and get ready to send…

Billings, correspondence…

Backup and clean up job files and save. Wa Lah! Done.

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Maile Ilima Lei #7

Smoothing and drama in the lighting is next using many of the greens, Sap Green, Hookers Green, Thalo Green, Viridian along with New Gambouge and Orange.

I put washes followed by darker greens for the vein in the middle of the leaf.

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Maile Ilima Lei #3

I have to frequently step back and get a new perspective, to see what things really look like, every once in a while. Looking at only a little of the image done, you can see a definite change! Using just the two colors is definitely making the leis appear as though they are no longer flat. Isn’t it amazing?

This is a progressive process… just keep going till done with the first round of washes.Project for www.HawaiiFineStationers.com

Maile Ilima Lei #2

The initial sketch is drawn in pencil and it really needs to have some 3D. It looks so flat. The way I accomplish this depth is to show where the light is in the painting.

Where is the light? I choose a light source coming down and hitting the objects from the top left corner of the painting down to the bottom right corner. As I apply light watercolor washes I look at each object in the drawing and decide where the light would hit first to find my highlighted area. I see parts of the object further from the light and that will be my medium tones. Last, I figure out where shadows will be cast from the object. Where is the light being blocked? This is where I put my darkest colors.

I like to paint from left to right if possible because I am right handed. If I start on the right side of the painting and move to the left, I will invariably drag my hand over wet areas and mess things up. I use a New Gamboge wash to give a golden yellow color to the ilima strand establishing it as a different subject so I don’t mistake it for leaves later on.

Systematically, I highlight the leading edge of each leaf, then quickly lay some sap green into the medium tone area letting the paint do its magical watercolor mix thing in between.

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Maile Ilima Lei #1

I have a wonderful client who hires me to paint tropical flowers and leis in watercolor. She is a dream to work for. www.HawaiiFineStationers.com

Paint a maile lei with an ilima strand twisted around it for a wedding invitation.

I am really lucky to have grown up in Hawaii making real flower lei’s all the time with my friends. This second image is not a lei made with real flowers.

My friends and I started making lei’s together in elementary school and I still do, and I am a “Tutu” (Grandma) now. I used to enter the “May Day” lei making contest at the State Capital in high school and once I won the honorable mention. Having beautiful fragrant flowers in your hands for hours is hypnotic and lei making is a most relaxing and beautiful craft of aloha.