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!