"Passing" Painting by Edwin Ushiro

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Art Description

Painting: Paint, Digital on Paper, Other.

The Artwork: The most famous haunted house on the north shore of Oahu once stood beside Kamehameha Highway, at the entrance to Waimea Falls Park. Visitors to this house described high pitched calls, which locals identified as the spirits of the house. The spirits called out through the walls, from under the floor and down from the ceiling, vibrating the entire frame of the wooden building. In the mid-'80s, the structure was scheduled to be demolished, and a curious archaeologist was given permission to make a quick survey. Over a few days, they uncovered an ancient structure under the foundation, which was believed to be a fish shrine. As the research team continued to work, they heard a faint "woooo" sound that seemed to be exhaling through the ground. Following that noise among the stones, the team located a small opening from which the eerie sound emanated. Evidently, an old lava tube ran underneath the house, down to the nearby ocean at Waimea Bay. So when the tide rose, the air in the tube was forced out through the opening, literally penetrating the earth and into the walls of the house, emitting that unearthly call of the dead.

The Process: This painting was created with digital and traditional techniques. First I begin with traditional graphite and ink drawings with backgrounds completed in watercolor and acrylic washes. I then imported into Photoshop where the final image is printed onto t-shirt transfer sheets which are stitched together and mounted onto vinyl. Thin and thick amounts of acrylic paint are applied to the front and back of this painting. Then it is mounted onto paper.





Edwin Ushiro

United States


Size: 44.5 W x 34.5 H x 0 in

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