What Makes A Rainbow Painting Special?

Rainbow painting with brushes, paint and canvas

The Magic of a Rainbow Painting

The Hawaiian Islands are known for their beautiful rainbows, which are a common sight throughout Hawaii due to the combination of frequent rain showers and abundant sunshine. Many artists seek to recreate these majestic phenomenon and the sense of wonder and awe that they inspire in their art, and rainbow paintings are a popular category of Hawaii art. 

In this article, we will explore the world of rainbow paintings in Hawaii, from traditional depictions of rainbows as a symbol of hope and good fortune to more abstract and expressive interpretations of this iconic natural phenomenon. Whether you're a fan of bright and vibrant colors or more subtle and ethereal hues, you'll find something to love in the rainbow paintings of Hawaii. So let's dive in and explore this colorful world!

What makes a rainbow painting special?

Rainbow painting inspiration over the ocean

Creating a rainbow painting is challenging and requires both skill and creativity from the artist. 

Painting a rainbow can be challenging for a number of reasons. One of the main technical difficulties is accurately capturing the spectrum of colors that make up a rainbow. Rainbows have seven distinct colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet), and achieving a seamless transition between these colors requires an experienced painter. Capturing the delicate, ethereal quality of a rainbow painting can also be challenging for the artist, as the colors are often diffuse and blend into each other. Finally, rainbow paintings are often depicted in a stylized or symbolic manner, which can require the artist to be creative and expressive in their use of color and form.

Although a beautiful rainbow painting can be challenging to create, these complex and dynamic subjects can also be very rewarding for artists who are able to capture their beauty and magic on canvas.

The colors in a rainbow painting can create a sense of harmony and balance.

The colors in a rainbow painting can create a sense of harmony in a space by balancing the various shades and hues within the color scheme of the surrounding décor. A room may have furniture, accents, and other decorative elements that match each of the colors of the rainbow, or it may use a more subtle blend of rainbow shades. By including a range of colors, the overall look of the room can be cohesive and harmonious, rather than feeling cluttered or unbalanced.

The use of bright and saturated colors can add energy and life to a space, while softer, pastel shades can create a more soothing and peaceful atmosphere. Thanks to the colorful nature of rainbow art, a rainbow painting can suit a variety of interior design styles ranging from contemporary to coastal and more!

Rainbow paintings are associated with positive symbols in art. Some of our favorites include:

  • Hope: Rainbows are frequently seen as beacons of hope, optimism, and good luck. A rainbow painting may therefore be seen as a reminder to be positive and to remember that better times are just around the corner.

  • Inclusivity: Rainbows are often associated with diversity and acceptance, and may be seen as symbols of inclusivity and solidarity. A rainbow painting may therefore be seen as a symbol of the idea that everyone is welcome and valuable for who they are in that moment.

  • Spirituality: In many cultures and traditions, rainbows are seen as representations of divine promise. A rainbow painting may therefore be seen as a symbol of spiritual belief or as a source of comfort and inspiration.

  • Beauty: Unsurprisingly, rainbows are also seen as symbols of Earth’s natural beauty and wonder. A rainbow painting may therefore be appreciated simply for its aesthetic qualities, and may serve as a reminder of the beauty that surrounds us all.

What are some common techniques for creating a rainbow painting?

Rainbow paint blending on a canvas

There are many different ways to create a rainbow painting, and the specific technique used will depend on the artist's personal style and the desired final result. Some common ways to create a rainbow painting include:

  • Blending: This technique is favorited by artists who want to paint a rainbow where the colors blend seamlessly together. This can be done using a variety of tools, such as paintbrushes, palette knives, or sponges, and may involve layering different shades or using a wet-on-wet technique to blend the colors together.

  • Glazing: Another method to create a rainbow painting is to use a glazing technique, where transparent layers of color are painted over one another to build up the final image. This can create a luminous, glowing result, and allows the artist to achieve a wide range of colors and shades by mixing different colors together.

  • Stippling: A stippling technique involves using small dots of paint to build up the final image in a rainbow painting. This method can be time-consuming, but can produce a detailed, textured effect.

  • Graduated wash: A graduated wash usually involves blending two or more colors together gradually over the course of the painting. This can be accomplished by starting with a wash of one color and gradually adding in another color as the wash progresses, or by starting with two colors and gradually blending them together.

There are many other techniques that can be used to create a rainbow painting, and artists may choose to combine different methods or invent their own techniques to achieve the desired result.

Where can I buy a rainbow painting for my Hawaii art collection?

We’re so glad you asked! Whether you're just starting your Hawaii art collection or a seasoned art enthusiast, 808Arts.com has a beautifully curated selection of original rainbow paintings and rainbow painting prints created by local Hawaii artists. Read about some of our favorites below, or scroll down to shop the entire collection.

Over the Rainbow 

by Jackie Eitel

Maui artist Jackie Eitel creates a surreal scene in this beautiful rainbow painting of a double rainbow arching over the mountains surrounded by tropical plumeria flowers. 

If you look closely you can even see a female surfer on the bottom rainbow, with the silhouette of another surfer emerging from the rainbow above her.


by Lauren Roth

Kailua artist and designer Lauren Roth features rainbows in many of her pieces, but we particularly love the loose and organic feel of the rainbow in “Charming”. The fluid and semi translucent feel of the colors reminds us of the ethereal nature of rainbows, and the scale of the rainbow over the dramatic Ko’olau mountains gives the rainbow a larger-than-life presence.

The Great Valley

by Saumolia

There is so much magic in this rainbow painting by plein-air artist Saumolia! While the rainbow itself doesn’t take up much space in the piece, the colors from the rainbow can be found in the clouds and details of the mountains and ocean that surround it.

Rainbow paintings are a dynamic and interesting art form that can bring happiness and beauty to any space. They pair beautifully with many other popular Hawaii art genres like seascape paintings, surf art, or waterfall art. Whether used to brighten up a space or to symbolize hope, inclusivity, or spirituality, rainbow paintings are a versatile and expressive medium that can be appreciated by people of all ages and backgrounds. 

In Hawaii, rainbow paintings are particularly popular due to the state's unique cultural history and intrinsic beauty, and can be found everywhere from galleries and studios to public spaces and private collections. 

If you're in Hawaii and looking to add a splash of color and joy to your life, consider exploring the many rainbow paintings available and finding one that speaks to you!

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