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"Island Oasis"- Tropical Leaves & Island Style

acrylic banana Colleen Wilcox Hawaii leaves monstera painting palms tropical tropical leaves

Aloha Friends! I am happy to present to you my latest original painting entitled, "Island Oasis." It is a 24"x30" acrylic on canvas original, featuring some of my favorite tropical leaves (monstera, banana, ferns, palms and colocasia). I would now love to share with you some of the process and inspiration behind my newest piece.  Living in Hawaii, I am inspired on a daily basis by all of the incredible tropical leaves that can be found in nearly every outdoor space (even gas stations and parking lots!). Although I have included leaves in many previous paintings, I have never made...

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"Mystic Blue": A Whale Tale

Acrylic Colleen Wilcox Humpback Original Art Painting Sea Life Whale

"Mystic Blue": A Whale Tale

Magical, mysterious, magnificent humpback whales! I am so excited to have finally expressed my love and respect for these animals in my new published original, "Mystic Blue". Keep reading to find out the process behind this 24"x30" acrylic on canvas painting! "Mystic Blue" 24"x30" acrylic on canvas by Colleen Wilcox  I began this piece back in November of 2015, just at the start of whale season in Hawaii. Hoping for some real life inspiration, I scanned the waters daily for my first sighting. But the humpbacks were slow to arrive this season, and reports of sightings were only trickling in over...

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The Dreaming Tree

Banyan Tree Hawaii Landscapes Night Scene original painting painting Tree

 "The Dreaming Tree" 24"x 30" acrylic on canvas by Colleen Wilcox   I recently finished one of my latest original acrylic on canvas paintings which I entitled "The Dreaming Tree." This piece was one of those rare paintings that I named long before I finished it. In fact, this piece was started back in December but I never seemed to have time to come back to it until this summer. It encompasses my range of emotions/moods/insights for the past six months, while still staying true to my original vision. I wanted to create a piece that not only expresses my...

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"Lanikai Sunrise"- A New Release

Beach Hawaii Landscapes Lanikai Oahu original painting painting

Imagine turquoise water, balmy sea breezes and a picturesque beach with sand as fine as sugar...and you can feel what it is like to stand on the shores of the famed Lanikai Beach. Lanikai is a beautiful area, and one I remember fondly from my childhood when my grandparents had a house overlooking the iconic Mokulua Islands. Because of my affinity for this place, when I was asked to paint a Lanikai beach scene I was excited to begin. It is always interesting to work within the bounds of what a client requests. I find it a particular challenge to...

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Painting Process: "North Shore Surf Day"

original painting painting surfart

  Have you ever spent the day on one of Hawaii's beautiful beaches? If so, then you know exactly how it feels to enjoy the warm, tropical sun, cool trade winds, and brilliant blue waters. Near the ocean is my favorite place to be, and to me it's even better if I am surfing. In my acrylic on canvas commission, "North Shore Surf Day," I wanted to capture the feeling of spending time relaxing and playing at the beach on a bright, sunny Hawaiian day.  This large 20"x60" commissioned piece was based off of another original I painted called "North Shore." I...

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