There are three songs which this painting reminds me of:
If you haven't heard that third one ("Mexicali Rose" by Gene Autry) I encourage you to give it a listen. It's a really sweet old-timey song. My husband used to play it to me long ago when we first met.
I had a lot of challenges with this painting. Once I laid down all of that hot color in the background, I had to work hard to make the rose stand out. That's why I went with the dark foliage. It surprised me by taking on a Mexican look. It's not so much that I started out to make a "Mexicali Rose." I think it's more that both the Mexican painters and I were solving the same artistic problems.
Another funny thing about this is that I painted it shortly after "Good Old-Fashioned Love," and I did it on the same watercolor page. They really contrasted with one another!
As always, this painting is available in my shop as a print. And did I mention that I also offer phone cases?
This one is just so soft and pastel... it's like it's from another time. Say, the sixties. It reminds me of something my great-grandmother would have in her home, and it just fills me with nostalgia for a woman I barely knew.
This one is also very hard to photograph. Yellow-green seems to be an elusive color when it comes to taking pictures of it. You can tell from my process shots... they come out so different than the actual picture!
This is one of my favorites from this series. It's hard to explain why. I think it's because it takes a visual idea to its logical conclusion. It doesn't compromise: it is a pastel-colored picture about love, and it makes no apologies for that. It is as feminine as possible. Is that a weird thing to say about a painting? But it seems true.
And the white-on-pastel color combination sort of bewitches and dazzles the eye. It somehow seems to carry light within it.
This one reminds me of cupcakes and dinner mints and other delicious things. This whole Candied Love series has been really getting to my sweet tooth! I sometimes think that I paint what I most desire in life, and right now I'm painting lots of sugary colors. I must be craving junk food.
Anyway! Here are a few process shots:
This is like a sister print to my last picture, "Love and Candy." They go well together as throw pillows. Like sweet treats for your sofa!
I made another silly video for you. This one has kitties! Less than 30 seconds, sound recommended.
Press play for kitties!
I love this swirly candy look!
But before I get to that, let me tell you how happy I am! I just spent the weekend with my dad, and he's planning to move to Asheville, along with my stepmom, my brother, my sister-in-law, and my niece. In one fell swoop, I will officially have a tribe!! Happiness is bubbling over!!
Anyway, back to the art, which I know is why you're here. It started out kind of bland, take a look:
When I took the tape off, I knew the letters needed more interest, so I took a chance and added some lollipop swirls. It turned out better than I expected.
It's ridiculously cute as a bag, whether big or small or wallet-sized:
I should have painted this one for the Fourth of July. I thought of a dozen names for it, including "It's Your Patriotic Duty to Fall in Love" which was my second-favorite. I keep picturing a World War 2 Army nurse falling for a handsome aviator... you know, someone like this:
I was so into painting it that I didn't stop to track down the camera except for one starting picture:
So, whether you're the girl with the star-spangled heart, or maybe the guy with the... stripe-spangled... spleen...? there are prints of this one in my shop ready and waiting for you to show off your love of all things America. Or maybe just your love of primary colors.
This one turned out exactly as I expected, which never happens, so it's very exciting.
This is also one of the few paintings which was named even before it was painted. Naturally I have been going around singing, "They Call Me Mellow Yellow." Also, I had to dress up for the occasion!
I also took a few process shots, check it out.
This one is simply gorgeous in a dark wooden frame.
I took lots of pictures of this one in progress! Doesn't it have yummy colors? But it didn't start out that way.
In fact, at first it looked a lot like my first painting in the "Candied Love" series. I didn't want too much similarity, so I added the warm chocolate brown. Take a gander. (Click to enlarge.)
The color scheme seems perfect for the upcoming autumn season. Makes me think of bonfires and hot chocolate. Every year when summer begins, I wonder how I could possibly look forward to fall... but after a long, hot August, I am ready for the first frost.
If you want to bring home a little yummy color for yourself, this is the perfect picture!
You will be serenaded in this blog post. (When was the last time you were serenaded?)
But first, a new painting:
When I first started this painting, I was thinking about the cheerful red stripes on old-fashioned store awnings. (For some reason I associate these with ice cream shops.)
But when I finished, it reminded me a lot of more Italy (because of the colors in the Italian flag) and especially of the striped gondola poles in pictures of Venice. Then I found a beautiful recording of a mandolin, and I knew I had to make this little video for you:
Isn't that music sweet? It's "Sad Mandolin" by Cottager on FreeSoundCloud.
And of course, you can celebrate your memories of love with red stripes and a cheerful sunny rose.