Wowie zowie am I excited about this one! I just love that cool green flower against the red lettering.
The funny thing about this one is that when I first painted the background it was AWFUL! It looked like Jerry Garcia puked on it. The horror!
This has been one of the biggest challenges of the "Rainbows Promise Love" series. It's really hard to integrate all of those saturated colors without making it look like a bad ripoff of a Grateful Dead poster.
I added a lot of black to tone it down. (And I stayed up waaaay past my bedtime. Because I was in that panicky-obsessed mode I get into when I am walking the line between success and utter failure.)
In the end I surprised myself by succeeding. As I've said so often, you shouldn't give up on a project until you've either succeeded, or else failed beyond redemption.
Take a look at the details:
I threw in some pictures of this print on a tote bag and a pillow because I just love the way that lipstick red looks.
This painting crystallized the meaning of the "Rainbows Promise Love" series for me.
I had been doodling around with rainbows purely because rainbows are fun, but I always like to have a little more meaning to my pictures if I can. This painting reminds me of the way rainbows always seem to appear after a storm, generally against a dark and brooding sky.
And then of course I thought of the rainbow in the Old Testament of the Bible (the Torah) which appeared to Noah after the Flood. It was made as a covenant between God and Noah, and Noah's children. (That is, us.)
We modern folk who are so used to movies in "Glorious Technicolor (TM)" often forget how brilliant colors must have been appreciated to desert dwellers. There weren't many natural brilliant colors... maybe just in a flitting bird or an evanescent flower. So if you think about it, rainbows must have seemed really special.
This painting went so fast and furiously that I only got one process shot. Here it is, ladies and germs:
As you can see, it was very simple right from the beginning.
And it retains that simple, almost cartoonish feeling. Take a look at that rose again:
But I think the grey background also lends a note of sophistication. This is one of those pictures that's appropriate for either a kid or a grown-up.
So if you'd like to buy a print, the shop's open!
To explain how I got the title for this painting, let me first show you a picture of it while it was in progress:
As you can see, I painted it on the same page as "Love's Sweet Perfume." (Don't they look beautiful there together? I did not plan that.)
When I shared "Love's Sweet Perfume" I mentioned that it reminds me of the wind. In "Baroque Tempest of Love" it looks to me like the wind has gotten stronger and is swirling around in the background, which is where I got the word "Tempest" from.
But why is it a "Baroque" tempest? Take a closer look at that flower:
The edges of this blossom are very ripply and... well... baroque. So there you have it, a Baroque Tempest of Love. I hope it swirls you up into a dream.
As always, this one is available as a pre-framed print, and you can choose among a wide variety of frames and mats. This is frame #sm5 in the brown frames. I like the way the grain in the wood picks up the swirls in the picture.
What does that rainbow in the background remind you of? I thought of all sorts of things. A rift in the space-time continuum... a porthole to another universe... but I also thought of the way the wind seems to ripple through the air, and the way a perfume fills a room. Since this has a sweet yellow rose in it, "Love's Sweet Perfume" seemed like the right title.
I took a few pictures while I was making it, but this is my favorite one:
I often mask my letters out with blue painter's tape. It helps me make decisions about the shape of the letters, and it also protects that area of the painting while I have fun with the background and the flowers.
And one of the funnest parts of the painting process is lifting away the tape to see how the letters really look underneath. Then I get to decide what color to paint them... which is almost always a last-minute decision.
Speaking of "last minute..."
I have to admit that I didn't really appreciate this painting until I uploaded it into my shop. I mean, I thought it was okay but it seemed kind of bland. Then I put a frame on it and it really "popped." I think this is the kind of picture that does well with a frame. It keeps it from blending into the wall too much.
Another painting in my "Rainbows Promise Love" series. This one is just full of galaxies and galaxies of love!
My cousin named this painting for me... her name is Krystle, so I think it's appropriate, since there are so many crystalline stars in this picture.
Want to know a secret? I almost threw this painting away. I actually had it in the discard pile because when I originally painted it, I didn't have any stars in it. It made the little "abyss" in the middle of the painting seem more like a black hole than anything else.
But at the last minute I thought, "What the heck, I'll give it one more try." I grabbed my conte` crayon and started dotting in stars... and suddenly it was my favorite painting. It just goes to show that you should never quit on a project until you have either ruined it or made it great.
I didn't get many process photos of this one, but here's an idea of how it started out:
That rose was already pretty trippy, wasn't it?
By the way, in case you missed it on my Facebook page, I did release a video e-card based on this painting. Since I made this one just before Halloween it's got an ooky spooky feel. The music is not to be missed!
If this painting sends you "out of this world," remember that you can get a print in my shop. Or you can get a throw pillow. I think these are super cute, and you can customize the border to be either fun or serious. (Here it is in the default orange and in "Gray 5.")