Fine Art Painting and Design Process | Hand Painted Ukulele Art

Hawaiian Owl

It started with a painting and my passion for playing the ukulele!

One day while practicing, I thought my older uke looked kind of dull. It was a cheaper model I had purchased before knowing how much I would fall in love with the instrument and want to continue developing my skills. I thought, what would be more beautiful than a Hawaiian painted ukulele?! Beside that, the Barn Owl is one of only TWO native owls to Hawaii and would make a perfect accomplice to my floral instrument. I started by giving the painting (above) a go on canvas, to get color palates and ideas down. With the painting being a success, I carefully moved it over to my uke by first sketching out and laying down the design.

Stay “tuned” this week for the finished project and official photos (and maybe a short video of some music)!

All the Beautiful Things

Hello!! This is my first blog post about my art, so let me introduce myself! My name is Alicia, and I am an artist and photographer residing in beautiful Rhode Island. Much of my art is inspired by nature, it’s animal inhabitants and the ocean. Growing up minutes from the beach, it was always a huge influence and way of relaxing when I was stressed.
Art, to myself and many others, is about encouraging emotion. Step outside and take a look around you….no, really, look! What do you see and hear? The sound of birds, the crashing of the waves, the wind through the trees, people passing by, each one with a unique and hidden story to tell. This is what ignites my passion for art and creating!

I started drawing and painting as a child, and my love of photography grew from that while in school. My work is inspired by nature, wildlife, tranquility, and artistic expression of dance and yoga. I create because I want to share all of these things that inspire me, with other people. When someone looks at my work, I want them to feel like they are there, surrounded by natures beauty. We spend too much time indoors stuck in offices, and I create to break free from that!
So embrace it! Captivate your senses, feel that ocean breeze, look for that owl high in the tree, feel the tranquility of lakeside yoga. Because life is a journey, too beautiful to miss.
And that is what I hope to bring to my viewers with my art!
Alicia