As you may have noticed, all of my paintings include the word LOVE with the O replaced by a yellow rose. And I'll bet you're wondering, "Why yellow? Why not a red rose? Or a pink one, or a white one?"
Well I'm glad you asked. I have four reasons: Design, Symbolism, Flexibility and Sentiment.
Yellow is Good Design
The first reason is simply because yellow works better visually. It's not too bold like red or too shy like pink and white. Check out this text version and you'll see what I mean:
If I used a red rose, it might stand out too much against the other elements of the picture. If I used pink or white, it might not stand out enough.
The Symbol of Friendship
I also like the symbolism of yellow. While I'll admit that many of my paintings are very much about romantic or passionate love (which is what pink and red roses stand for), the series as a whole is about neighborly love. I paint about LOVE because I want to remind myself (and everyone else) to love our neighbors, and to be kind and friendly in daily life.
A yellow rose fits right into that happy vibe:
It's just a friendly color.
The third reason I use a lot of yellow is that it's changeable. Years ago (I won't say how many years) my art professor in college (who was known as Sunny D) told me that yellow is an untrustworthy color. Add a drop of red and suddenly it is orange. Add a drop of blue and suddenly it is green. A true yellow is often hard to paint.
Since I have such a wide range of designs in this series, I can use that to my advantage and paint "yellow" roses that are green or bronze if I want to.
Are they truly yellow? Well, that's the nice thing about being the painter: I am the decider.
Last but not least, I admit to a secret sentimentality left over from when I was very young and my mom used to play this song on the radio:
When I grew up I decided I was much more sophisticated than those corny old country songs, but nowadays I look back on them and I like them again. Reminds me of when the world seemed simpler, and sentimental was a good thing. I don't want to be sophisticated any more. It's overrated.
Tonight I am too sick to do anything useful... which is how it is sometimes with Grave's Disease. And yet, I am incredibly happy and grateful for all of the good things which are happening in my life right now. So I've decided to start a "Thank you" page.
Wouldn't it be inspiring to look up from your work and see a rainbow?
Just a little sneak preview of my next series in the works, "Rainbows Promise Love." These two paintings are even better with color! Coming soon... in about a week... keep your eyes peeled...
As of October 15th, 2016, at around 11:00 AM, I have been married eleven years.
This is my daily inspiration. Happy anniversary, Arthur. I still love you more and more each day.
There's lots going on behind the scenes at Studio Faith. In about a week and a half I'll start sharing a whole new series, RAINBOWS PROMISE LOVE !!!. Meanwhile, please enjoy this visit from a hummingpig.
What can I say about this painting? I love it! It's my new favorite! It's going to spark a whole new series.
Rainbows! Rainbows everywhere!
I didn't get many process shots of this, but you might be interested to know that the rainbows were an afterthought. I originally just had yellow stripes in the background, and I thought it was done, but then I compared it to "Mellow Yellow Lemoncello" and they were just too similar. Maybe if I show them to you side-by-side you can guess how it originally looked.
Did I say I love these rainbows?
If you love them too, you can get a print from my print shop. Or a shower curtain! Imagining showering with a rainbow every morning. Whee what fun!
This one makes me think of the zebra jokes I used to hear when I was a kid:
Q: What's black and white and red all over?
A: A blushing zebra.
Q: What's black and white and black and white and black and white and black and white?
A: A zebra rolling down a hill.
(Waka waka waka).
Actually, silly jokes aside, this seems to be one of the most sophisticated paintings I've done in this series. It's also the one voted most likely to match your furniture. You can't go wrong with black and white.
Aaaaaaaanyway, I did take a few photos while I was working on this one. Let's start with a long shot of my studio table. I just love my studio. Have I mentioned that before? I love it. I love the piles of junk on it. They are reassuring. Things make their way in and stay. Somewhere in there is an orange felted flower from a local craft show, for example.
So that's more or less what my desk looks like when I'm at work. Just enough for me, my painting, my paints and all my comfortable junk.
Here's another photo of the work in progress. You might be interested to know that I almost left it like this, with the white letters sort of camouflaged in there, but I didn't think it was quite exciting enough, and also I needed more purple in my life.
(This is how I think. "There's not enough purple in the world, let's add some to it.")
If you want to add some purple to your life, here is the link to buy a print: