Papaloa Jewel. 18″x24″ oil, 12k white gold, 18k and 23k yellow gold on a 20 layer deep hand cut bas-relief. Completed 9/13/13. Papaloa is the name of the outer reef at Tunnels Beach where I grew up here on Kauai. Papaloa Jewel has an interesting beginning. I first started the sketches for this in the shade of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap Cambodia last June. I was dripping with sweet on my sketch book in the extremely hot Cambodian summer. Great place for inspiration with all the ancient art work everywhere you look.
Wow. This is stunning!
Thank you everyone for the awesome feed back.
I missed the whole DD thingy.....??? do I get a gift??
So beautiful! For some reason, it almost looks like a digital painting up close. I'm guessing it's because the colors are do vivid. Lovely work!
stunning beauty!the top-left corner cloud looks a little iridescent,is it mix nacre into paint?
Hi, thanks. You are right to see that. It's the texture under the 12k gold leaf. If the painting is seen with the light at a different slight angle it disappears and the painting will tack on another look. All the metallic is genuine gold and the rest is oil paint.
Good grief, WOW.
Aaaaah, this is AMAZING! Fantastic work!
It's beautiful!!! I love to see art in unique mediums
Amazing. I have never seen its like before
Looks great. I'd love to visit Cambodia someday.
This is beautiful!! I love the story of how you got inspired to make this.
This looks awesome. I like how u made the background mountains bluish and the water gold.
this is amazing - never seen anything like it - congrats on the DD
This is stunning. I love all of the color contrasts with the gold.
It's like the Great Wave of Kanazawa, but more comforting, tropical, and dare I say more beautiful?
Congrats on the DD! Have a good day~
Looks a bit like hokusai's style, I luv it. ^^
You can see feel the breeze watching this. (:
Wow! Impressive work, nice job!
that is amazing! well done!
Congrats on the DD, looks amazing! All of that gold reminds me of a Gustav Klimt piece. Well done!
omg how beautiful~
This is wonderful!!! Congratulations!
I love it and the DD is well deserved!!
congratulations on the well deserved Daily Deviation
like gin and peanut butter, made from actual peanuts
- Congrats on the DD!
Have a nice day!
Congrats on the DD
Heaven on earth, this is nearly unbelievable crafting! 20 layers? How many time do you take to plan a piece like this? It must take ages. What is the base material of the cuttings? The gold is leaf gold or so, I guess?
fantastic congratz on DD!
love this! awesome work
Real gold? That is cool! Strikes me as an ancient mat for making art, I guess because of Egyptian or Roman art from way back. I love the way you made the water!
Excellent use of depth. It gives the appearance of being even more dynamic than it actually is.