She spent a good portion of her time painting flowers that grew in her garden and gave the paintings unique names that make them stand out. Georgia O'Keeffe happily accepted an offer to paint a tropical flora. This was an offer made by Dole Pineapple Company. They agreed to take care of all the expenses, including the trip fees to the state of Hawaii. The company intended to use the painting for its 1939’s advertisement campaign.
When she got there, Georgia O'Keeffe visited quite a number of places to get an inspiration for what to include in the painting. She visited Hawai'I, O'hau,, and kaua'i. Each time, she created the paintings of highlands, tropical flowers, waterfalls, with the Hibiscus of Plumeira being one of them. In the painting, you can see yellow and pink petals that tower against a clear blue sky. The details provided in the painting turns the delicate blossom into something irresistible. Georgia O'Keeffe clearly took her time to use colours to indicate that she had a strong connection with the environment.
At the time she created the iconic painting, she also worked on twenty different arts, some of which are still available to date. Note that of all the twenty paintings she created, none of them had pineapple on them, which was quite a desired fruit at the time.
The Details of the Painting
Georgia O'Keeffe was invited to come over and create something that the company would use in its advertising campaign. But she came up with something beyond expectation. The Hibiscus of Plumeira entails petals online, and it looks like they are floating somewhere around the sky.
According to experts, Georgia O'Keeffe came up with this painting because she was looking to show the sign of life even when there is no hope. Flowers blossoming when the sky is clear with no sign of precipitation are something that is not expected. Therefore, she aimed to show that even when the times are tough, people can still try and thrive in whatever they do.