Thursday, February 18, 2010

Emilee and Kahiko Hula

I was honored and a little nervous when a friend asked me to paint a portrait of her daughter she planned to give as a Valentine's gift to her husband and daughter.

My daughter danced with Emilee in the Mokuaina dance group and I was there when she had her first couple of lessons. Emilee took to Tahitian and Hula like a fish to water.

Her mother chose the traditional Kahiko Hula style for the painting. Kahiko Hula is always accompanied with chanting and never has modern instruments such as guitar involved.



16x20 oil on canvas panel

32 comments:

Jim Moffitt said...

Awesome, great colors and details! I love the background patterning.

Ellen said...

Well I hope your nerves are quieted now. This is great! She has such a joyful expression on her face and her position is wonderful. He is going to be happyyyyy!

Manon Doyle said...

No need to be nervous because she is absolutely gorgeous!! I adore her!! Sheila..... you did great, girlfriend!!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

I think that this one is your best.
What a face, and the background and the colors and and and.
Yes this is your best by far.

Sheila E. said...

The expression on her face makes me smile! you did a fantastic job capturing the emotion of her. Great work!

Kathy said...

Perfectly lovely and lively!! Wonderful, Sheila.

L.Holm said...

She's beautiful! I love the brushmarks that follow the arm movements. This is joyous. I bet they love it!

billspaintingmn said...

This is so cool Sheila! The smile on her face puts a smile on mine!
The way you've painted her hands
evokes this dance.
I think you're having fun with this
painting, the colors and rythem works well. I feels good!

Linda said...

Your painting of Emilee is great! She looks like she is having a really fun time. The painting shows energy and joy! Wonderful!

Stephen Dell'Aria said...

That's really great, Sheila. What a pleasant happy smile on your subject. Nice painting

dominique eichi said...

Wow........ Sheila this is one fabulous piece. You have all of it so perfect and still have that great flair of yours. ALL of it is wonderful. I agree with Irit this is my favorite one too.
( I see a very strong voice here that is getting louder and louder)

Carol Horzempa said...

Beautifully painted, Sheila! Love the colors and action you created with your brushstrokes. I'm sure they will love it!

sam said...

Wow Sheila, great drawing,youve painted her really well. Great complimentary background, very lively)

Carol Schiff Studio said...

How cute is that!! Shelia, great job on this one. Love her smile and the pose, I can just see her hips swaying.

I am so impressed with the road you have been on over the past year. Your painting has gone under a great transition, cannot wait to see what the next year has in store.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

This painting is enchanting! Beautiful expression, you can even see the twinkle in her eye. You have captured the movement through the angle of the skirt and the looseness of the background strokes. It all works so well. What a treasure for the family.

AutumnLeaves said...

Sheila this is so beautiful!! I love that joyful glee you captured in Emilee's face. She is a little stunner, isn't she? I think it is so cool that you captured her doing something she so obviously loves.

billspaintingmn said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I noticed you have 10,000 views on your profile!
Sheila, I think this is cause to celebrate!
Pardon me for getting excited,but I want to say Woo-Hoo!~!
Slap me five, and five again! May
your paintings continue to bring smiles and heart warming memories!

artwork337 said...

love the colors and the energy!

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

She has a lot of nice movement, very cheerful painting.

Edward Burton said...

This is wonderful, Shila!

Mary Paquet said...

Sheila, another lively piece. You've captured a beautiful young girl's happiness and energy. Her parent's will enjoy this painting for years.

Nicki said...

HI Sheila,

You really captured this little girl's joie de vive. She looks in her element and she is beautiful. I'm sure the gift was very well received. Congrats!

Nicki

Dana Cooper said...

Wow Sheila, I really love this piece! The sense of movement in the skirt and the background give a lot of movement to the piece, and with the expression on her face it is a winner all around...kudos, girl! Definitely a favorite!!

Hellenne Vermillion said...

Liking your latest paintings! The backgrounds are working very well and the colors are wonderful in the paintings!Ganbare!

Pat Koscienski said...

Great painting, Sheila. You had nothing to be nervous about. I have nominatd you for an award - please stop by my blogspot and pick it up.

Celeste Bergin said...

totally great! Very cheerful--happy, beautifully painted!

Teresa said...

It's beautiful! Love the warm colors of her dress against the bluesy background. And those swirls in the background give it so much life and motion.

A wonderful portrait!

Dean Grey said...

Sheila!

She sure looks happy, doesn't she?

Makes me want to get up and swivel my hips!

-Dean

Carrie Jacobson said...

Congratulations, gal! She is very cute. And more to the point, you got a commission, it was a big challenge, and you rose to it. You are, as always, a blessing and an inspiration.

xo

Carrie

Alice Thompson said...

I love ancient hula and this keiki looks like she would just melt your heart with her dance. This is a lovely painting full of movement and life.

Come paint with me anytime...hint hint.

Dean H. said...

Beautiful, Sheila. Indeed...it looks as if the very atmosphere around her is dancing with her!
I have something for you. Stop by my blog and pick it up! If you don't choose to accept it, I understand. :)

Michelle said...

Such a beautiful painting, Sheila. I'm sure your friend and her family adored it!