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Embracing the Spirit of Aloha: The Inspiration Behind My Tropical Sacred Heart Watercolor Painting

Updated: Apr 13

The inspiration behind my latest creation – an original watercolor painting that holds the essence of the lush Hawaiian Islands within each stroke. The vibrant world of tropical foliage, flowers, and fruit, beautifully woven together to form my Tropical Sacred Heart that resonates with the spirit of Aloha.

The idea for this painting blossomed during my current stay on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, where I regularly find myself captivated by the kaleidoscope of lush greens surrounds me. The air is filled with the sweet fragrance of fruit trees in blooming in the distance and rain. The very heartbeat of the islands echos through the flora, creating an atmosphere that feels sacred and alive.

"Tropical Sacred Heart", watercolor on handmade paper, Liliane Avalos, 2023

Oahu Hawaii

As an artist, I am constantly seeking inspiration from the world around me, and Hawaii's natural beauty continues to speak to my soul. The concept of a sacred heart emerged as a tribute to the sense of gratitude, love, and spirituality that permeates the Hawaiian islands. I wanted to encapsulate this feeling in a piece that not only showcased my artistic expression but also paid homage to the inherent spirituality of Hawaii.

The composition of the painting revolves around the intricate details of tropical foliage, flowers, and fruit delicately arranged to form the shape of a sacred heart. Each element symbolizes different facets of the Hawaiian landscape and with a twist on my Mexican-American heritage. The torch ginger lily represents the flame and guidance towards new beginnings, while the passion fruit embodies the spirit of abundance and joy.

In the process of bringing this vision to life, I found myself immersed in the meditative act of watercolor painting. The fluidity of the medium allowed me to capture the organic movement of nature, creating a piece that feels alive with energy. The vibrant hues and dynamic composition aim to evoke a sense of connection to the land, encouraging viewers to experience the beauty and rich ecosystem of the Hawaiian Islands through my artistic lens.

As I put the finishing touches on my sacred heart watercolor painting, I hope it becomes a source of inspiration and a visual journey for those who encounter it. May it radiate the warmth of Aloha and serve as a reminder to embrace the beauty that surrounds us, wherever we may be.


Mahalo for reading, and I look forward to sharing more stories through art in the future. Aloha!


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