Friday, July 25, 2014


On my vacation to Hawai'i this past April, I visited with my sister and her husband.  They have a ranch in Waimea on the Big Island of Hawai'i.  As we were leaving my, sister (another one) who was traveling with us saw this flower blooming in the yard.  It was so uniquely different from any other hibiscus I had ever seen that I had to take a picture of it.   My intent was to paint it when I got home.
(I hate to admit it, but this is only the second painting I've done this year - shame on me.)

I scanned the internet to see if this particular hibiscus was a known hybrid.  I found was exactly the one we discovered.  It was named "Persephone."  For those who don't know, Persephone in Greek mythology was the goddess of the underworld.  She was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter and said to be a beautiful young woman who everyone loved.  For a moment there, I thought we had something that no one else had ever seen.  A one-of-a-kind.  Whatever the case, this is my rendering of one of God's beautiful creations.